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[Capacity Building Workshop] 2nd Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development

  • Starts: Jun 30, 2019
  • Ends: Jul 04, 2019
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • By: Center for Mediterranean Integration
  • Context

    Local governments are in a strategic position to address the needs of host communities and the displaced. Forcibly displaced populations are not evenly spread through the host countries but rather tend to concentrate in some regions, and especially within cities. Despite their strategic position, local governments struggle with limited planning and response capacities: they are lacking skilled staff, financing and incentives to create a better economic environment for both the host and displaced community. Local Economic Development (LED) strategies that focus on attracting private investments and how to benefit from the displaced communities can support welfare generation and lead to job creation for all.

     

    To respond to these needs, the 1st Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development (Amman, Jordan, March 19-23nd, 2018) offered a targeted training to 45 representatives of local governments dealing with forced displacement issues. Drawing from the requests of members of the Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN), the CMI and its partners will organize a 2nd Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development.

     

    Since June 2016 the Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network supports host local governments with evidence-based knowledge and Capacity Building to improve their response capacity to forced displacement. The Network have benefitted from face-to-face workshops and webinars on priority themes, as well as online discussions in the ad-hoc Collaboration4Development (C4D) online collaborative platform.

     

    Objectives

    The Capacity Building Workshop will focus on LED strategic planning in forced displacement contexts, with a special focus on private sector mobilization and facilitation of entrepreneurship and home-based businesses to create economic opportunities for host and displaced communities. Through a 4-modules course structure, participants will focus on local economic planning and work together on developing their LED strategies in the context of an influx of refugees, IDPs, or returnees.

     

    This Capacity Building Workshop aims at:

    • Improving capacities in LED planning for communities hosting forcibly displaced in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa;
    • Supporting regional and cross-regional peer-learning among host local governments;
    • Strengthening the regional network (HMLN) and facilitate the creation of a new South-South cross-regional Knowledge Exchange (SSKE).

     

    Workshop Design and Structure

    The Capacity Building Workshop will consist in 4.5 days interactive training curriculum and a half-day technical field visit. It will focus on LED strategic planning in forced displacement contexts, with a special focus on private sector mobilization and facilitation of entrepreneurship and home-based businesses to create economic opportunities for host and displaced communities. Through a 4-Modules course structure, participants will be trained on how to develop LED Strategic Plans by applying existing expertise and analytical tools to their own context and by hearing from peers’ experiences in developing LED strategies in the context of an influx of refugees, IDPs, or returnees. The content and design of the workshop Modules have been developed in March 2018 by the CMI and customized in close collaboration with HMLN members and key development partners.

     

    Target Audience

    The event will target 45 representatives of central and local governments from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, as well as Afghanistan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. A number of development partners and experts will also contribute to this event.

     

    Participants were selected through a Call for Participation launched by CMI in March 2019. The Call received more than 100 applications and led to the selection of 25 representatives from the Mashreq and Turkey. An internal parallel selection led by CMI and its partners identified 20 participants from Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.