Do you want to learn about how to effectively use Market Systems Development (MSD) and Local Economic Development (LED) in your project?

This training will provide a comprehensive introduction to the two approaches, drawing from both theory and many years of implementation experience. Participants will be able to choose a focus on either MSD or LED during the training, depending on their specific requirements:

  • In the MSD stream, you will learn how markets work and change, 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 stream, 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 streams work intensively together for general inputs and split occasionally to explore in more depth the specificities of the two approaches.

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

  • The basics of what markets and systems are and how they work
  • How to diagnose market systems and make sense of patterns of underperformance
  • How to assess the structure and key 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 regions
  • How to face uncertainty and complexity in a changing and dynamic context by building learning into a project and manage adaptively 

We do not expect you to have extensive experience in Market Systems Development or Local Economic Development to participate in the training. 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 be able to follow the training and communicate sufficiently well in English.

Christian Schoen, Mesopartner. Christian has over 25 years experience in Local and Regional Economy Development, Value Chain Development and improving business enabling environment. 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 intermittent team leader of different development programs in Vietnam and has built capacity of international and national consultants, national project staff and counterparts all over Southeast Asia during the last 15 years. Christian has been engaged in economic development work in Myanmar since five years, particularly in the areas of market system development and value chain promotion in the tourism sector plus upgrading the quality infrastructure. Christian has been based in Hanoi, Vietnam since 2008.

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.

Marcus Jenal, Mesopartner. Marcus been supporting various donors and organisations to conceptualise, implement, monitor, and evaluate systemic development programs in complex contexts at the interplay of the social, economic, and environmental spheres. Marcus helps organisations and teams to make sense of the complex environment they are working in and find a way to make meaningful decisions under conditions of uncertainty. In addition, he has been building knowledge in complex systems theory and other scientific fields through various trainings and research engagements. Based on that, has been actively engaged in conceptual work around systemic approaches to economic development, improving the way projects are designed, delivered, monitored and evaluated. He has been working on short-term assignments in Myanmar over the last eight years.

Mohd Fahad Ifaz, EDGE Consulting. 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. EDGE specialises in economic change, business and innovation at the bottom of the pyramid in emerging markets. EDGE works with international development organisations, private sector and government clients. Until 2018, he was the Team Leader for an MSD project in Myanmar and is currently working with the project as a technical advisor. He is also a country manager for SPRING Accelerator, which is a donor funded accelerator programme to support innovative business in east Africa and South Asia. 

Dates: 3 - 7 June 2019

Location: Meliá Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar

Event fees: USD 1,800 per person

Fees cover training participation and snacks and lunches. Fees do not cover any travel, accommodation or breakfast/dinner.

There is no need for the participants to stay at Meliá Hotel. However, we have negotiated a preferred room rate of USD 110 per room per night. If you would like to make use of this offer, please download and complete the Melía reservation form. You will find all the instructions on how to make the booking on the form.

Complete the online registration form.

Payment procedure

  • You will receive an electronic invoice by email.
  • Early bird fees are to be paid in full before 10 April 2019. 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 17 May 2019.

Refund policy

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

  • If you cancel before 30 April 2019, 50% of your payment will be reimbursed
  • If you cancel after 30 April 2019, 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.