Strengthening Local Economies
Understanding Local in the Context of Globalization
Basu, K. (2006).
Globalization, poverty, and inequality: What is the relationship? What can be done? World Development, 34(8), 1361-1373. (StFX only)
Blyde, J. S. (Ed.). (2014).
Synchronized factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the era of global value chains. Washington, DC: IADB. (StFX only)
Free to Choose Network. (2015).
Globalization at the crossroads - full video. [Video file]. (56:14 min.)
Globalization and inequality. (2007). In (pp. 31-65). (2007). Washington, DC: International Monetary Fund. (1.34 Mb pdf) World economic outlook: A survey by the staff of the International Monetary Fund
Ruszczyk, H., Schubert, I., & Stoyanovska, A. (2001).
Local response to globalization: MESTA region, Bulgaria. (SEED working paper, no. 12). Geneva: ILO.
Schmukler, S. (2004).
Benefits and risks of financial globalization: Challenges for developing countries. (156K pdf)
Wade, R. H. (2004).
Is globalization reducing poverty and inequality? World Development, 32(4), 567-589. (StFX only)
World Bank. (2002).
Globalization, growth, and poverty: Building an inclusive world economy. (Policy research report). Washington, DC: World Bank.
World development report 2016: Digital dividends. (2016). Washington, DC: World Bank.
Conceptual Frameworks for Economic Analysis
Cunningham, G. (2011).
Community economic literacy and the "leaky bucket". (Occasional paper series, no. 9). Antigonish, NS: Coady International Institute. (1.90 Mb pdf)
Sustainable livelihoods guidance sheets. London: DFID. (234K pdf)
Digital Leaky Bucket tool is an educational tool that helps people at the grassroots better understand their local economy.
Explore regional wealth building: Module 1. (2014). In . Washington, DC: Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group. Wealthworks for your region: An introduction
Free to Choose Network. (2015).
The power of the poor - full video. [Video file]. (56:13 min.)
Ghore, Y. (2016).
Participatory livelihoods mapping with persons with disabilities in Uganda. Brighton: IDS.
Growth within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe. (2015). Isle of Wight, UK: Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Resources for the World Forum of Local Economic Development. Held every two years, it promotes an international dialogue on Local Economic Development (LED).
Vanek, J., Chen, M. A., Carré, F., Heintz, J., & Hussmans, R. (2014).
Statistics on the informal economy: Definitions, regional estimates & challenges. (Working paper no. 2). Cambridge, MA: WIEGO.
The World Bank's
Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in many countries and selected cities at the subnational level.
Introduction to Social Enterprises
Value Chains and SLE
Databases and Gateways
Agrilinks, achieving agriculture-led food security through knowledge sharing.
Microfinance: A way to help the poor build assets contains a wealth of information on poverty scorecards as well as country-specific resources.
Microlinks captures new learning in microenterprise development, shares it, and connects individuals to each other in order to improve development outcomes around the world.
SEEP Network is a global network of practitioner organizations dedicated to combating poverty through promoting inclusive markets and financial systems.
Savings Revolution, publications, case studies, learning videos related to savings groups.
Microfinance Gateway, global clearinghouse for online publications related to microfinance. Includes publications on savings groups, SACCOs and cooperatives.
Livelihoods and Markets links
Ghore, Y. (2015).
Producer-led value chain analysis: The missing link in value chain development: a tool for effective engagement of small producers. Antigonish, NS: Coady International Institute. (1.72 Mb pdf)
2013 World development report: Jobs highlights that jobs are a cornerstone of development.
Carney, D. (n.d.).
Sustainable livelihoods approaches: Progress and possibilities for change. London: DFID. (476K pdf)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, a range of information on doing business in Canada including Canadian programs supporting business.
Laven, A. & Pyburn, R. (Eds.). (2012).
Challenging chains to change: Gender equity in agricultural value chain development. Amsterdam: Royal Tropical Institute. (10.13 Mb pdf)
Making markets work for the poor (M4P), an introduction to a range of links and documents relating to Making Markets Work.
Mayoux, L. & Mackie, G. (2007).
Making the strongest links: A practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development. Addis Ababa: ILO. (1.83 Mb pdf)
Mitchell, J. & Coles, C. (Eds.). (2011).
Markets and rural poverty: Upgrading in value chains. London: Earthscan.
Rippey, P. & Fowler, B. (2011).
Beyond financial services: A synthesis of studies on the integration of savings groups and other developmental activities. [n.l.]: Aga Khan Foundation. (949K pdf)
Value chain development, ILO publications and practical guides. An overview of the ILO's resources for private sector development, business service markets and value chain development.
Cooperatives and Member-Based Organizations
Byronetics. (2006, November 19).
Aravind eye hospital [Video file]. (6:07 min.)
Catholic Relief Services, case studies related to moving from agricultural activities to agro-enterprises.
KickStart, social enterprise.
Donnelly, G. (2012).
Indigenous women in community leadership case studies: Membertou, Cape Breton. Antigonish, NS: Coady International Institute. (694K pdf)
Jones, L. & Hess, R. (2012).
Global Change Leaders case study: Perveen Shaikh: promoting women's economic leadership in Pakistan. Antigonish, NS: Coady International Institute. (458K pdf)
Honey Care, Africa.
Helmore, K. (2011).
Tanzania: Linking savings groups to mobile banking. (Access Africa technical learning series, no. 2). Dar Es Salaam: CARE Tanzania. (1.23 Mb pdf)
de Morais, N. (2010).
Conjunto las Palmeiras, Fortaleza, Brazil: Banco Palmas. (133K pdf)
Sheck, R., Donovan, J. & Stoian, D. (2013).
Assessing impacts of value chain development on poverty: A case study companion to the 5Capitals tool. (Technical report no. 396). [n.l.]: CATIE. (5.43 Mb pdf)
Vermont farm to plate: Utilizing the collective impact model to strengthen Vermont's food system [Video file]. (53:50 min.)
Boosting employment through small enterprise development (EMP/SEED), International Labour Organization (ILO) resource page.
Chen, M. A. (1997).
A guide for assessing the impact of microenterprise services at the individual level. Washington, DC: Assessing the Impact of Microenterprise Services (AIMS). (94K pdf)
Dunn, E., Kalaitzandonakes, N. & Valdivia, C. (1996).
Risk and the impacts of microenterprise services. Washington, DC: AIMS. (133K pdf)
Microfinance in Latin America and the Caribbean, resources from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
NGO Management Association, resources for organizational development, performance management, finances, human resources and communications.
Sebstad, J. & Chen, G. (1996).
Overview of studies on the impact of microenterprise credit. Washington, DC: AIMS. (170K pdf)
Small Business in British Columbia, on-line small business workshop. Covers a wide-range of aspects concerned primarily with starting a small business.
Virtual Library on Microcredit and Microfinance, a definitive and renowned site on microcredit.
Albu, M. & Schneider, H. (2008).
Making markets work for poor: Comparing M4P and SLA frameworks: case studies. United Kingdom: Springfield Centre, on behalf of the Fauno consortium. (459K pdf)
Baldwin, R. (2011).
Trade and industrialisation after globalisation's 2. (Working paper 17716). Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. (507K pdf) nd unbundling: How building and joining a supply chain are different and why it matters
CGIAR, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
Conservation Agriculture (CA), aims to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture and to improve livelihoods of farmers.
Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) contains a database on developing value chains, linkages and service markets.
EnterWeb: the knowledge portal for small business, contains business resource material.
Farrington, J., Ramasut, T. & Walker, J. (2002).
Sustainable livelihoods approaches in urban areas: General lessons, with illustrations from Indian cases. (Working paper 162). London: Overseas Development Institute. (326K pdf)
Free Management Library for For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations, virtual library for a wealth of subjects.
Haggblade, S. & Gamser, M. (1991).
A field manual for subsector practitioners: Tools for microenterprise programs: nonfinancial assistance section. [n.l.]: USAID. (3.5 Mb pdf)
Kanji, N., MacGregor, J. & Tacoli, C. (2005).
Understanding market-based livelihoods in a globalising world: combining approaches and methods. [n.l.]: IIED. (156K pdf)
Key Sheets for sustainable livelihoods were published from 1997-2003 by the Department for International Development (DFID).
Khosla, P. (2012).
Young women: Life choices and livelihoods in poor urban areas. Johannesburg: ActionAid. (3.39 Mb pdf)
Lusby, F. (2004).
Terms used in enterprise development: Rethinking "BDS": a thinkpiece from the SEEP network. (64K pdf)
Mulugeta, M. S. (2009).
Determinants of livelihood strategies of urban women: The case of female household heads in Wolenchiti Town, Ethiopia. Dublin: Kimmage DSC (KDSC). (128K pdf)
Prolinnova a multistakeholder programme to promote local innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management.
Resources and tools from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Knowledge Management Unit.
Seeds of Survival (SoS), a program promoting long-term food security for farming communities in developing countries. From USC Canada.
Shepherd, A. (2007).
Approaches to linking producers to markets: A review of experiences to date. (Agricultural management, marketing and finance occasional paper no. 13). Rome: FAO. (1.04 Mb pdf)
Small Business Advancement National Center (SBANC), University of Arkansas business development page.
La Via Campesina, a movement promoting gender parity and social justice in fair economic relations; preservation of land, water, seeds and other natural resources; food sovereignty; and sustainable agricultural production based on small producers.
Watkins, K. (2002).
Making globalization work for the poor. Finance & Development, 39/1.