The objective of the training course Gender-responsive local economic development planning and implementation, developed as part of the joint UNDP, UNCDF and UNW global programme Inclusive and Equitable Local Development (IELD), is to increase the capacity of local and regional governments for gender-equitable local economic development policies, interventions and public and private sector investments. No sustainable structural transformation towards gender equality can occur without gender-responsive institutions. As such, these modules are needed to enhance local government competencies for business development and growth.
The course focuses at public and private local investments and at local economic planning and implementation. The support to governmental officials starts well before the course is initiated, and, after a five-day training course, post-course support is provided while implementing their newly acquired knowledge in their respective villages. The continuous follow up bridges the gap between learning and implementing and ensures commitment of participants.