Livelihoods and Markets Programme

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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. 

Programme Faculty:

Yogesh Kumar Ghore

Yogesh is a senior programme staff at the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. He leads Coady's educational and training programmes, research initiatives, and capacity strengthening efforts globally in the area of Inclusive Economies. As a practitioner, researcher and educator, Yogesh has over 15 years' experience working across geographies and institutions.  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 India; and a Certificate in Livelihoods and Markets from the Coady Institute. Yogesh is also a recipient of the Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Programme (IFP).

Farouk Jiwa

Farouk is 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.

Kerryn Krige 

Kerryn heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs and lectures on the Social Entrepreneurship Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is co-author of the book Disruptors – social entrepreneurs re-inventing business and society, is editing a special collection of teaching cases on Social Entrepreneurship in Africa for publishing house Emerald, and is widely published in mainstream media on social enterprise and South Africa's civil society. Kerryn holds a Master's in Social Sciences (Cum Laude) and Honours, Development Studies.

Kerryn Krige has worked in the social sector since 2001, working with numerous UK charities, before moving into international development managing the Africa-based programmes for social enterprise Digital Links International. She began her career as a journalist with I-Net Bridge and Summit TV, before moving to the UK where she set up Europe's first radio station for blind people together with BBC Scotland and the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

Understanding what builds sustainable organisations within a local context, is a core focus of Kerryn's work. She has led communications and donor-development for leading non-profits, with a focus on building their income generating work.

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 dhlaminii@gibs.co.za. The closing date for scholarship applications is 17 February 2017.


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Who should attend?

This programme is ideal for:

  • Mid to senior level managers currently working 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




How you will benefit

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.


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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 chains/market systems assessments and facilitating inclusive market systems interventions
  • Gain insights into new thinking and cutting-edge innovations in the area of community-level micro and small as well as collective enterprise development, both on- and off-farm. 

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