In order for the Hout Bay Partnership to be effective, the organisation has to tackle real issues in an informed way.
Towards Uhuru conducted baseline economic research for the Hout Bay Partnership to assist them in making informed decision and formulate targeted economic programmes. Towards Uhuru achieved this by interviewing 249 business owners, from informal businesses to powerful corporates, in order to identify the fundamental value chains that constitute the local economy. A selection of key variables were studied as part of this research, including business sophistication levels, individual entrepreneurship challenges, business structure, employment, supply chains, willingness and ability to procure locally, market selection and market viability. These variables were used to build a richer understanding of each of the seven value chains identified. This yielded a depth of understanding of the key challenges and opportunities within each of these value chains in order to unlock their full potential.
Towards Uhuru presented the Hout Bay Partnership with these conclusions as well as a full set of recommendations – general recommendations as well as recommendations specific to each value chain, from the most simple to more complex integrated solutions to ensuring a higher degree of inclusion, in these value chains and in the Hout Bay economy in general.[/accordian]