Date: 11.04.2012 - 04.05.2012
HoInstitute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in partnership with the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague will be organising from 11 April to 4th May 2012 a course on Sustainable Local Economic Development.
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in partnership with the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague will be organising from 11 April to 4th May 2012 a course on Sustainable Local Economic Development.
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 mayor trends in opposite directions: internationalisation and decentralisation. Internationalisation 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. Decentralisation 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.
The course is meant for government officials (municipal, provincial or national), representatives of private sector organisations and employees of NGOs that are dealing or will deal with SME development and/or Local Economic Development policies.
By the end of the programme participants will have increased knowledge about SMEs and their role in the local economy. Participants will also be able to analyse the local economy and value chains in which local enterprise agglomerations and clusters are inserted and analyse policies and develop instruments that support local businesses.
Deadline for application: 5 March 2012