The focus of this course is on creating and managing multi-stakeholder processes that take place in the local and regional urban economy. Regions and localities are faced with two major trends in opposite directions: internationalization and decentralization. Internationalization exacerbates the interactions between the global and the local levels but operates selectively. It includes only those actors that
participate in networks in which competitiveness drives constant transformations and restructuring. Decentralization is a means to coping with complexity and a reaction to growing demands for greater responsiveness and sustainability by citizens, clients and consumers. The two trends have changed the ways in which the multiple stakeholders relate to each other in the local and regional economy.
Competition and cooperation are blended in the links between firms, between firms and state and non-state actors. The central concern for the governance of sustainable local economic development is to create synergies between the policies and interventions of business, state and non-state or civic actors. These come together around specific opportunities for local economic development for small and medium sized enterprises.
FOR WHOM IS THIS TRAINING INTENDED
The course is meant for government officials (municipal, provincial or national), representatives of private sector organizations and employees of NGOs that are dealing or will deal with SME development and/or Local Economic Development policies
By the end of the training participants will have increased knowledge about SMEs and their role in the local economy. Participants will also be able to analyze the local economy and value chains in which local enterprise agglomerations and clusters are inserted and analyze policies and develop instruments that support local businesses.
Module 1: Introduction
In this module the concept of Local Economic Development (LED) is introduced and its main theories are discussed. Focus on theories of systemic and territorial competitiveness; the role of institutions in economic development; Multi-stakeholder economic development: business system and embedding of geographical production networks.
This module includes the following sessions:
- Conceptualizing local economic development studies
- Why has LED become an issue? - Globalization, cohesion and competitiveness
- Why has LED become an issue? - Decentralization and Local Economic Development
- Territorial competitiveness
- Theories of competitiveness: Porter and Best
- Presentation assignment using the world bank database
- Constructing competitiveness from below: export base of an area
- Analyzing the competitiveness index: how is it composed and what does it mean?
Module 2: Small Enterprise and entrepreneurship Development
The module focuses on the role of small and medium sized enterprises, their role in the local economy and the constraints in their development. A distinction is made between enterprises, formal or informal, with growth potential and informal businesses that are survival oriented. The module focuses on strategies that support enterprise development: entrepreneurship development, incubator and innovation systems.
- Entrepreneurship and enterprises development
- Incubators: operational and strategic services
- SME development
- Business Development Support
- Financial services
- Group presentations of SME support case studies: 4 cases of participants
Module 3: Clusters and value chains
This module focuses on the one hand on the local organization of small enterprises in clusters and the multi-stakeholder initiatives that can increase their efficiency and innovation capability. On the other hand it examines the way in which small enterprises are inserted in external production networks or value chains and elaborates on multi-stakeholder interventions to strengthen their positioning in these chains.
- Cluster development
- SME cooperation in cluster development
- Stakeholder analysis of clusters
- Value chains 1: basic principles
- Value chains 2: standards and upgrading
- Value chains 3: agri-food systems
- Small producer upgrading in value chains: role of chain promoters
- Discuss field visit: cluster and value chain analysis
Module 4: Locality development
Based on theory of territorial competitiveness, the question raised is how best to develop local economic policies with stakeholders market the city and strategically plan local economic development.
- Urban livelihood and LED promotion
- Urban livelihood and LED promotion
- Locality development and urban economic policies
- Local organizations for LED promotion
- Managing stakeholder fora for city economic development
- City marketing
- City marketing case studies
- Strategic planning for LED
EVENT FEE & REGISTRATION
The training event fee is USD$1050, This caters for Facilitation, 2 Refreshment breaks (Morning & Afternoon Snack) & Buffet Lunch during the entire training period. This does not cover accommodation and travel logistics. We can organize for your Accommodation & Airport pick up at an Extra cost.
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