Do you want to learn how to effectively promote Local Economic Development (LED) and Market Systems Development (MSD) in your project or location? Join Mesopartner in Vietnam this September for a training event on an Introduction to MSD & LED.

The training will provide a comprehensive introduction to the two approaches and look at their commonalities and differences.

Participants will be able to choose a focus on either the MSD track or the LED track during the training, depending on their specific requirements and interest.

  • In the MSD track, you will learn how markets work and change, how market-supporting institutions emerge and evolve, how to make sense of current patterns of market underperformance, and how to design interventions that lead to systemic change in the markets.
  • In the LED track, you will learn about how local economies work and change, the importance of localities, how to analyse local economies and how to build local change programmes by using participatory methods to build bottom-up change initiatives.

Both tracks work intensively together for general inputs and occasionally split to explore in more depth the specificities of the two approaches. However, markets and locations interact. When you start diagnosing a place, you often end up with weak markets, and if you analyse underperforming market systems, you end up in places with weak dynamics.

The training will equip you with frameworks and processes to face uncertainty and adaptively manage projects.

  • The basics of what markets and systems are and how they work
  • How public and private organisations, cultural institutions and supporting programmes enable market systems to emerge and evolve
  • How to diagnose market systems and make sense of patterns of underperformance
  • How to assess the structure and essential characteristics of a local economy
  • How to design a process of self-discovery, joint sense-making, learning and adjustment for economic development both in market systems and the local economy
  • How to face uncertainty and complexity in a changing and dynamic context by building learning into a project and managing adaptively 
  • How technological change is disrupting both locations and markets, and how development projects can promote technological change and resilience

You must be curious about how markets and places change over time and what public and private sector leaders can do to change the trajectories of the economies they operate in. You must wonder how development programmes, supporting programmes, and civil society organisations can be more effective in supporting self-discovery, economic change and the improved vitality of places.

General experience in development work and a current job in a development agency or project will help you to follow the training content and directly apply what you learn to your work.

Please note: the training will be held in English without translation. You will need to follow the training and communicate sufficiently well in English.

Christian Schoen, Mesopartner. Christian has 30 years of experience in Local and Regional Economy Development, Value Chain Development, Economic Governance and Quality Infrastructure. He has been involved in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating economic development projects in Europe, Africa and Asia for various development organisations and donors. Christian has worked as an intermittent team leader for different development programs in Vietnam and has built the capacity of international and national consultants, national project staff and counterparts all over Southeast Asia and South Asia during the last 20 years. Christian has been based in Hanoi, Vietnam, since 2008.

Dr Shawn Cunningham, Mesopartner. Shawn is a process consultant working in the field of performance and competitiveness improvement of the private sector. He has conducted diagnoses in various industries in more than a dozen countries. His qualifications are mainly in strategic, innovation and technology management, and organizational development, and he has published on topics related to economic development and innovation. He is involved in research into complexity thinking applied to decision making, innovation support and industrialization with different universities.

Mohd Fahad Ifaz, iFarmer. Fahad is an entrepreneur and development practitioner. He is currently the Co-founder and CEO of iFarmer, the largest Agri-tech company based out of Bangladesh and expanding in other South Asian markets. He is also the director of EDGE Consulting, which provides strategic consulting, evaluation and implementation services to Market Systems and Value Chain development projects, funders and implementors. Fahad is an experienced team leader, adviser and consultant in Market Systems Development. After spending a few years at Katalyst, a pro-poor Market Systems Development project, and at the World Bank, Fahad co-founded EDGE Consulting. Until 2018, he was the Team Leader for an MSD project in Myanmar and served the project for another three years as a technical advisor. In 2019 he also supported the Cambodia Harvest II project to integrate the MSD approach into the project and currently supporting another USAID-funded MSD project in Cambodia focusing on the conservation of protected areas using MSD principles. He was a country manager for SPRING Accelerator, a donor-funded accelerator programme to support innovative businesses in East Africa and South Asia.

Deepti Khakurel, Como-Mesopartner. Deepti Khakurel has more than 16 years of experience working on economic development, democracy assistance and governance with a focus on cross-cutting thematic areas including youth, gender and minority rights. Her prime areas of work include private sector development, constitution building, support to political parties/association, parliamentary support and strengthening civil society groups.

Since 2019, she is engaged as the National Team Leader, Local and Regional Economic Development for Local and Provincial Economic Development at GIZ on behalf of the consortium of Como-Mesopartner. She has facilitated and managed various Local Economic Development interventions including the Participatory Appraisal for Competitive Advantage, Business Climate Survey, Economic Development Strategy, and capacity building initiatives in the national and sub-national government in Nepal.

Date: 11 - 15 September 2023

Location: InterConti Hotel Westlake, Hanoi, Vietnam

Event fees: $ 1,900 per person

Early bird fees: $ 1,600 per person

If you register and pay your participation fee before 31 May 2023, you qualify for an early bird discount of  $ 300.

Fees cover training participation, snacks, lunches and one group dinner on Thursday, 14 September. Fees do not cover any travel, accommodation, breakfast or dinner.

If you want to stay at Hotel InterContinental Westlake, ask for the Mesopartner accommodation rate when booking.

Payment procedure

  • You will receive an electronic invoice by email.
  • Early bird fees are to be paid in full before 31 May 2023. Please note that if this payment deadline is not met, the full tuition fee will be charged.
  • All invoices for the full tuition fee are to be paid in full by 1 August 2023.

Refund policy

If you cancel your participation, the following refund policy applies:

  • If you cancel before 1 August 2023, 20% of your payment will be reimbursed.
  • If you cancel after 1 August 2023, your payment will not be reimbursed.

If you are an experienced economic development practitioner, consider joining our Annual Summer Academy on Local Economic Development in Berlin.