Mesopartner Summer Academy 2018

The role of meso organisations in Local Economic Development

The annual Summer Academy of Mesopartner is targeted at experienced professionals involved in designing, implementing and facilitating economic development processes and building team capacity. The 2018 event will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 2 to 6 July.

Territories are becoming more and more central to economic development efforts. Developing countries are facing many challenges and increasing change, especially beyond major cities and towns. Globalisation has increased the mobility of goods, people and ideas. At the same time, tacit knowledge and local learning are becoming more important, as they create a dynamic locational advantage.

At the Summer Academy, participants are introduced to Mesopartner’s approach to LED, which brings together experiences and instruments from Local and Regional Economic Development (LED/LRED), Bottom Up Industrial Policy, Innovation Systems, Complexity Thinking and Market System Development.

At the Summer Academy 2018, the specific emphasis will be on emergence and adaptation of meso organisations and their central role in the LED process. It will further explore the importance of the social and cultural environment on the effectiveness and competitiveness of a territorial economy. It will discuss the role of development programmes in territorial development processes.

For more than 15 years, Mesopartner has gathered experience in the field of economic development around the world. The Summer Academy 2018 will build on this experience. This experience will be enhanced by bringing in insights from the on-going involvement of Mesopartner in research activities that look at cutting edge thinking in economic development, complexity thinking and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.

We encourage organisations to send small groups (3 to 5 members) to the Summer Academy to get the opportunity to use their own case during the exercises. The group will benefit from different perspectives from all trainers and exchange with and learn from other practitioners. The group will have the opportunity to be mentored for up to 2 hours on the Wednesday afternoon and to receive remote support for up to two hours after the Academy.

Who should attend

The programme is dense and is aimed at development practitioners with deep and diverse experience in working on private sector development using different instruments and approaches such as Value Chain Development, Clusters Development, Local and Regional Economic Development, or Market Systems Development. This programme will be especially relevant for experienced professionals working on strengthening development organisations, backstopping teams in the field or those practitioners involved in improving the economic dynamics and economic performance of regions, industries or clusters.

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