Posted by Upskill Development Institute
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 cope 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.
Who Should Attend
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
No of Days
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.
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