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SIMPLIFIED DIRECTORY OF EXISTING PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPORT PROGRAMMES FOR SMALL, MEDIUM, MICRO & SURVIVALIST ENTERPRISES (SMME’S) (2015) The document was prepared as one of five interventions for the Social Protection...

Getting to know our Stockvels: Project Participants share their experiences and use of Stockvel

There is a significant literature that exists within the South African context with regard to stokvels and their monetary value (Verhoef, 2001; Arko-Archemfour, 2012;...

Local Enterprises and Local Economic Development (LED): Case Study Report on Local Enterprises in Evaton

In the absence of economic activities in the  formal  sector,  unskilled,  poor  and  marginalised South Africans rely on  the  informal  economy and  government  cash  transfers for survival....

Dynamics between savings and credit for low-income households Literature review

Access to micro finance and micro credit for the poor has sparked critical debates over its ‘acclaimed’ successes and failures. Advocates of the micro...

Measures of Local Economic Development (LED)

The examples of the measurement of local economic development presently available are mostly located in a developed country context. The challenge arises in identifying...

A supply side intervention in support of local economic development (LED

The role of local economic development (LED) represents policies to redress the economic marginalisation and dualism in the South African economy as a result...

The beginning of a better understanding: The Informal Economy conundrum in South Africa

Case studies from SPII’s Social Protection and Local Economic Development (LED): Graduation Pilot In his 2014 State of the Province Address (SOPA), the Premier...

Why do stockvels persist alongside a sophisticated formal financial sector in South Africa

Initial impressions from the Social Protection and Local Economic Development (LED): Graduation Pilot Project EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In his 2013 Budget Speech, Minister of Finance...

Scoping of small, micro and survivalist enterprises in Evaton Township

The following report forms part of the planning phase for the adaptation of the “graduation” concept by the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute...

Policy Note- January 2013 – The role of microfinance in supporting small businesses

Definition of microfinance Microfinance can be defined as “banking the unbankable”. It refers to bringing financial services such as credit, savings and loans to...

Local Enterprises and Local Economic Development (LED) Case Study Report on Local Enterprises in Evaton

In the absence of economic activities in the formal sector, unskilled, poor and marginalised South Africans rely on the informal economy and government cash...

The role of social grants in supporting local economic development (LED)-Policy Brief January 2012

In a country such as South Africa where inequality levels are high combined with low levels of labour market participation, social grants have played...