Livelihoods and Markets Programme

Gordon Institute of Business Science

Markets are important in shaping the livelihoods of communities. Understanding how markets work is essential for those who are engaged in community economic development. This course explores approaches for helping people who have been impoverished earn a living. It includes value chain development, making markets work for the poor and creating social enterprises.  Participants will de-construct key concepts and tools, study real-world examples and conduct interactive exercises that will help them develop inclusive market systems.
 
Personal benefits:

  • Understand the link between livelihoods, market and community development and poverty reduction
  • Become familiar with critical concepts, 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 value-chain analysis and develop value chain programs
  • Become connected with a growing professional network of peers from various organizations around the world working in this quickly changing field

Organizational benefits:

  • Gain an understanding of relevant, contemporary tools, frameworks, and approaches in livelihoods development and market engagement
  • Develop intermediary-level expertise and enhance in-house capacity in conducting value chain analysis and developing pro-poor, inclusive, and equitable value chain interventions
  • Gain insights into new thinking and cutting-edge innovations in the area of community-level micro- and small enterprise development, both on- and off-farm

Who should take the Programme?
This 6 day programme is ideal for community development program officers, coordinators, and managers who are currently working with small-holder producers, supporting micro-enterprise development or income generating activities. This includes organizations engaged in livelihood promotion programs, the private sector, technical service providers, financial institutions and other stakeholders.
 
Programme Faculty:

  • Yogesh Kumar Ghore

Yogesh is a senior program staff in the area of Strengthening Local Economies at Coady. He facilitates Coady’s educational and training programs, research initiatives, and capacity strengthening efforts globally in the area of Sustainable Livelihoods and Market Development.
Yogesh holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Columbia University, New York; Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management; Bachelor of Engineering from Government Engineering College Raipur, India; and a Certificate in Livelihoods and Markets from the Coady Institute. Yogesh is also a recipient of the Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program (IFP).

  • Farouk Jiwa

Farouk is the Director of CARE Enterprise Partners, a Social Venture Capital unit of CARE Canada that seeks lasting solutions to poverty through market-based approaches designed to unleash entrepreneurship in emerging economies. He is also the Co-founder and Director of Honey Care Africa, an innovative and award-winning Fair Trade Social Enterprise that employs 40 full-time staff and supports over 30,000 small-holder rural households across Eastern Africa to earn a supplementary income through beekeeping while simultaneously increasing crop productivity and enhancing biodiversity through pollination.
 
Farouk is also the Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Farm Shop, a non-profit Social Enterprise which is establishing a commercially-viable micro-franchise agrodealer network model to improve access to seeds and other agricultural inputs, solar energy, water solutions and a range of advisory services as well as output market linkages for small-holder rural farmers across Kenya.  He holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business & Environment from the Schulich business school and a BSc. (Honours, First Class) in Environmental Biology from Queen's University, all in Canada.
 
Programme details:
When:  21-26 February 2016
Cost:  R 10 000 – the fee includes all course material, lunch and refreshments
Bursary:  We have 5 partial bursaries available for this programme.  To apply, send a one page motivation to dukhis@gibs.co.za

Register here

Event Start Date: 
Sunday, 21 February, 2016
Event End Date: 
Friday, 26 February, 2016
Event Venue: 
26 Melville Road, Illovo Sandton.
Event Type: 
Training

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