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Livelihoods and Markets Programme - Economic Development

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Livelihoods and Markets Programme – Economic Development

March 12 @ 8:00 am - March 17 @ 5:00 pm


Markets are important in shaping the livelihoods of communities around the world. Understanding how markets work is essential for those who are engaged in inclusive economic development. As such, livelihoods and markets development is a vast field with a number of approaches and actors operating simultaneously. More recently, holistic approaches that involve understanding the ‘market systems’ have become more common and provide a useful framework to guide interventions. It is essential that any practitioner in this field understands the ‘big picture’ and how all of these approaches are inter-connected and strive towards the same key objective – poverty reduction through enhanced access to markets. 

This six day programme explores different market-based solutions ranging from creating a more conducive and enabling environment, to an emphasis on trade and market access, small and micro-enterprise development, and innovations in finance. Practical emphasis will be given to approaches relevant for the local context, including the value chain /market systems, social enterprises, micro-franchising, and the application of corporate social investments. The programme will combine in-depth deconstruction and explanation of key concepts, tools and approaches with real-life illustrative examples as well as interactions with dynamic leaders and carefully-selected field visits to help participants develop inclusive market systems in their contexts. 

Scholarship opportunity

The MasterCard Foundation is offering scholarships to cover programme tuition.  To apply, use the apply now button to complete an online application and send a one page motivation to The closing date for scholarship applications is 17 February 2017.

This programme is ideal for:

  • Mid to senior level managers currentlyworking on inclusive economic development programmes,
  • Staff from donors, Governments, private sectors, and civil society organizations,
  • Social entrepreneurs and emerging youth leaders,
  • The programmme encourages cross learning and therefore participation from a cross section of stakeholders is highly desirable

Personal benefits:

  • Understand the link between livelihoods, markets 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 tools such as the value chain, and the 4 I framework for social enterprises,
  • Become connected with a growing professional network of peers from various organizations around the world working in this quickly changing field.


Start: March 12 @ 8:00 am
End: March 17 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: R13000