Livelihoods and Markets

October 21 - November 8, 2013 (Course Full)

What you can expect

Livelihoods and market development is a vast field with a number of approaches and actors operating simultaneously. This certificate explores different pro-poor approaches ranging from creating a more conducive and enabling environment, to an emphasis on trade and market access, micro-enterprise development, and the application of various financial instruments. The participants get an in-depth understanding of market-led approaches for livelihoods promotion, including latest methodologies and practices for sub-sector and value-chain analysis, small producer aggregation models, strategies and programs.

Facilitators: Yogesh Ghore and Farouk Jiwa

Personal benefits

  • Learn practical and innovative frameworks for understanding low-income livelihoods and adding value to these
  • Learn hands-on tools and methodologies to conduct sub-sector and value-chain analysis, identify bottlenecks and specific opportunities available for small producers, and use a value-chain framework to guide interventions
  • Gain exposure to and interact with practitioners who are pioneering trends and innovations in the sector

Organizational benefits

  • Strategies for creating a vibrant, healthy and scaled-up livelihoods sector, including tools and techniques for developing value chain-based interventions
  • Market-driven strategies that enable micro and small enterprises to gain a competitive advantage and ensure greater distributive justice in value chains

Who is best suited for the program?

Two-week spring certificate
Designed for experienced practitioners and managers working in the areas of livelihoods, micro and small enterprise development, or economic development, who want to learn more about designing and implementing value-chain approaches, including strategies for private sector engagement in pro-poor value chains.

Three-week fall certificate
Designed for community development program officers, coordinators and managers new to the field of livelihoods and markets. Participants will gain a solid understanding of market-led approaches and models and the fundamentals of designing and implementing value-chain programs.

The content explored in both these certificates complements approaches and concepts introduced in our Community-Based Microfinance certificate.

This course is also offered on location in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Click here for more information.

Specific scholarships are available through The MasterCard Foundation's Scholar's Program for certificates in the Coady Institute's Community-Based Microfinance and Livelihoods and Markets.