Sustainable Local Industrialization

What Will I Learn?

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 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.

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RWF 70,000 Or USD 0 Or EURO 0
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Indicative Content

    • Introduction to different 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?

    • Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development

      • 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

    • Clusters and value 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

    • Locality development

      • Urban livelihood and LED promotion

      • Locality development and urban economic policies

      • Local organizations for LED promotion

      • Managing stakeholder for city economic development

      • City marketing

      • City marketing case studies

      • Strategic planning for LED

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  • Challenge of creating synergies between policies and their stakeholders

  • Learn how can we get our local economy to grow in an inclusive way

  • Role of Entrepreneurs and small businesses as the backbone of local economy

  • How do entrepreneurship and innovation affect local economy?

  • Locality Development

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Course Features

  • Lectures 0
  • Duration 90 Days
  • Certificate Yes
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