n Journal of Public Administration - A pro-poor strategy for the emerging green economy : a case study of Marubini multi-purpose women's co-operative biogas project in Maila, Limpopo, South Africa

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The greatest challenge facing many governments is the improvement of the levels of socio-economic development in their respective countries, providing better life and improved standard of living to their people. Energy plays a central role in development and the reduction of poverty. The emerging green economy is therefore envisaged to bring about changes in the patterns of production and consumption, in order to lower damaging environmental consequences, while addressing poverty and inequality. The objectives of this paper are, firstly, to review South African policies relevant to the green economy and show the extent of social development considerations and secondly, to illustrate through the case of Maila how a pro-poor, socially-inclusive renewable natural resource-driven green economy initiative may be achieved for rural communities. The methods employed in this research include policy review and a case study of biogas project implementation and evaluation. Review of the policies reflects a commitment towards a socially responsive green economy. The Maila case study, on the other hand, shows a significant saving on gas and firewood. Through targeted interventions driven by rural women, it is possible to take advantage of the emerging green economy to address social development issues.

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