Rural communities in developing and transformation countries do not have to wait for somebody to save them. It is perfectly possible for them to boost the local economy using their own resources and ideas, and their own energy and creativity. The case studies in this volume explain how rural communities in Latin America, South Eastern Europe, Southern Africa and Asia have managed to create new opportunities and new income streams for their local economy. Local economic development can make a big difference when it is done in a pragmatic, business-like manner.

Author: Dr Jörg Meyer-Stamer

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