Sustainable Local Economic Development

Market place

General information


1 week MOOC

2 week onsite 

Dates (Tentative: subject to change!)

Onsite: 20 March - 31 March 2023

Tuition fee

€ 3,500*



Academic deadline for OKP & MSP applicants (to apply for the course - 2022 cohort)

26 September 2022

IHS general academic application deadline   

Passed (2024 intake will be updated soon)

Admissions information

Requirements and application procedure

Preparation Participants are expected to complete the Local Economic Development MOOC before starting the course.

OKP information

Procedure and deadlines


The course fee includes 2 certifications upon successful completion

1 for the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) 

1 for the on-site course


International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)


Abbreviation code

SLED 2023

Course coordinator

Jan Fransen

* Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

What will I learn?

How can we get our local economy to grow inclusively? How do entrepreneurship and innovation affect the local economy? What strategies are there to support local enterprises? Are your region's local economic policies driving sufficient investment to make it competitive?

Entrepreneurs and small businesses (firms or farms) are the backbones of the local economy. Understanding the impact they have on its competitiveness is key to drafting policies that are effective and inclusive. These policies should inspire social dialogue and bring together the community, businesses, and government actors to support existing local capacities and develop new ones.

The course tackles creating synergies between policies and their stakeholders in both rural and urban settings. You will be introduced to specific strategies and tools for creating and managing these processes from a multi-stakeholder perspective.

How will I learn?

The Local Economic Development course employs a blend of methods ranging from lectures, expert seminars on best practices and group discussions to on-site visits. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences during the group and individual exercises. By the end of the course, you apply the newly obtained knowledge of your region's local economy by preparing a strategic plan. 

Why on-site visits?

You'll pay a visit to the Innovation Agency and explore first-hand the case of the Dutch Flower Cluster and value chain in "Westland".  While on-site, you'll learn how clusters operate in practice and how they impact the local economy. You'll also enjoy a One-Stop-Shop for small enterprise development and collect valuable tips that you can apply when you return home.

Am I suitable for this training course?

If you are a government official (municipal, provincial or national), work for a chamber of commerce, an NGO, or another agency involved in developing local firms and farms and/or local economic policies, this course is right for you. 


The course is offered in collaboration with the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment. Established in 1952 as the International Institute of Social Studies by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education, it does research, teaching and public service in development studies and international cooperation.

How to apply

The application deadline has already passed for 2023 intake. New dates for the 2024 intake will be updated soon. 


If you are searching for a different sponsor, have a look at our section on available funding opportunities.

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