Decentralization is a means to cope with this complexity and a reaction to growing demands for greater responsiveness and sustainability by citizens, clients and consumers. Due to decentralization, competitiveness of a region can be improved by local actors.
The central concern for sustainable local economic development is to create synergies between the policies and interventions of firms, farms, the state and civic actors such as business associations, NGOs and the Chamber of Commerce. These come together around specific opportunities for local firms and farms.
This Sustainable Local Economic Development - Supporting Firms and Farms course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
By the end of the programme participants will have an increased knowledge about local firms and farms and their role in the local economy. Participants will be able to analyse the competitiveness of the local economy, especially looking at entrepreneurship, business development support, incubators, value chains, clusters and innovation systems.
They will be able to analyse policies and recommend instruments and strategies that support local firms and farms. The course draws on a wide range of case studies, ranging from smallholder farms in Uganda and farm co-operatives in Peru, to IT firms in Bangalore, handicrafts in Indonesia and a cluster of marble firms in Spain.
The course will be offered in collaboration with the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment. Established in 1952 as the International Institute of Social Studies by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education, it does research, teaching and public service in the field of development studies and international cooperation.
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The application process is done by the IHS. Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Make use of the IHS online application system.
For more information, please visit the course website.
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