The Master of Economics in Comparative Local Development is an interdisciplinary programme comprising the application of economics, law, sociology and politics to the analysis of local development. The programme seeks a holistic approach to local development and provides an integrated framework for analysis and intervention. The programme is directed primarily towards existing and future practitioners (from the public, private and civil society sectors), and is thus oriented towards direct application and real world impact.
The MEcon (Comparative Local Development) seeks to develop competencies for the achievement of:
• Higher levels of efficiency and efficacy in public administration, thereby promoting and increasing the capabilities of local governmental bodies in local development;
• Developing synergies among major role players and stakeholders in local development through strategic partnerships;
• Promotion of social cohesion and stability in local constituencies within the contexts of uneven and under-development;
• Increasing intra-regional co-operation for the purposes of promoting economic potentialities;
• Promoting cultural diversity and tolerance, and the management thereof, as a basis for developmental cooperation and cohesion;
• Accelerating regional integration as a medium to long-term goal to enhance the coordination of local and international development programmes.