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The Local Economic Development Agency (LEDA) is a division of the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD), which supports local authorities and regional councils in stimulating local economic development (LED) through capacity building, strategy development and implementation, funding and networking.
In 2009, the Government of the Republic of Namibia published the White Paper on Local and Regional Economic Development (link this title to the White Paper). One of the key requirements of the White Paper was the establishment of the LEDA, which was launched in 2011. The LEDA Strategy was subsequently drafted in a planning session, which was held in Okambara from 25-27 June 2012. The Strategy reflects the policy statement of the Honourable Jerry Ekandjo, former Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development that the Agency should offer the nation support such as “capacity building, in the form of training, mentoring and coaching, setting up and managing LED practitioner networks, organising conferences, administering LED funds and providing technical advice” (Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2011. “Energising Local Economies: Partnerships For Prosperous Communities” 18 March 2011. Cardiff, Wales, UK.).
LEDA – The focal point for LED in Namibia
The vision of the LEDA describes what the Agency wants to represent over time, i.e. an institution that Namibians turn to for the facilitation and implementation of LED. It serves to clarify the space that the LEDA occupies within the national organisational landscape for its staff and management, as well as for its external stakeholders.
The mission of the LEDA is “to support local authorities, regional councils and economic regions to stimulate sustainable economic development through the provision of capacity building, policy advice, financial support, strategy development and networking services.”
The LEDA aims to be:
- responsive, market orientated and demand driven
- supportive of sustainable indigenous economic solutions
- accountable and transparent
- an innovative pioneer for growth