May 9 - May 22, 2016
Markets play an important role in shaping the livelihoods of communities around the world. Understanding how market systems work is essential for those who are engaged in community economic development. This certificate explores different pro-poor approaches ranging from creating a more conducive and enabling environment, to an emphasis on trade and market access, small and medium enterprise development, and the application of various financial instruments. It includes value chain development, making markets work for the poor and creating social enterprises. Participants will de-construct key concepts and tools, study real-world examples and conduct interactive exercises that will help them develop inclusive market systems.
This 2.5 week course offered in June at the Coady International Institute in Canada is ideal for community development program officers, coordinators, and managers who are currently working with small-holder producers, supporting micro-enterprise development or income generating activities. This includes organizations engaged in livelihood promotion programs, the private sector, technical service providers, financial institutions and other stakeholders.