Markets are important in shaping the livelihoods of communities around the world. Understanding how markets work is essential for those who are engaged in inclusive and sustainable economic development. As such, livelihoods and markets development is a vast field with a number of approaches and actors operating simultaneously. This two-week certificate course will explore approaches that involve understanding the complexity of people’s livelihoods and the ‘market systems’ as well as solutions ranging from creating a more conducive and enabling environment, to an emphasis on trade and market access, small and micro-enterprise development, and innovations in climate smart/green technologies, and the application of various financial instruments.
Practical emphasis will be given to approaches relevant for the local context, including the value chain/market systems, social enterprises, youth engagement, and skills development, and promotion of equity, diversity, inclusion and justice. The program will combine in-depth deconstruction and explanation of key concepts, tools, and approaches with real-life illustrative examples as well as interactions with dynamic leaders and carefully selected field visits to help participants make economies more inclusive in their context.
You will be able to:
- understand the linkage between livelihoods, market, and community development and poverty reduction;
- become familiar with the key terminology and concepts in this field, key frameworks, tools, and approaches, as well as the related challenges and emerging lessons;
- learn how to practically apply these tools and methodologies to conduct market-systems/value-chain analysis and develop programs for strengthening inclusive economies; and
- become connected with a growing professional network of peers from various organizations around the world working in this quickly changing field.
- gain an understanding of relevant, contemporary tools, frameworks, and approaches in livelihoods development and market engagement;
- develop intermediate-level expertise and enhance in-house capacity in conducting market-systems analysis, designing programs, and measuring social and economic impact; and
- gain insights into new thinking and cutting-edge innovations in access to finance, markets, skills development, and employment opportunities for all.
The course will include a variety of participatory and experiential learning methods by which participants will share their experiences and deepen their learnings. These will include lecture presentations, small group discussions, role-plays and simulation exercises, video/written case studies, guest speakers, and skill-building exercises. Participants will benefit from visits to local field sites to engage practitioners and dialogue with stakeholders. All presentations and instructional materials will be in English.
Coady Institute ensures that participants working with marginalized communities around the world have access to its courses. This is made possible through the provision of bursaries that are funded by many individual and institutional donors. After bursary, the remaining cost of the program is $2,000 CAD. Accepted participants will be responsible for paying the balance of $2,000 CAD before the designated deadline. This includes room and board for the 2-week residency at Coady Institute on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
All travel related expenses including airfare and visa fees are the responsibility of the participant. Coady Institute will arrange and cover ground transportation costs between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the Coady Institute.