The workshop aims at:• Improving capacities in LED planning for communities hosting forcibly displaced in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa; • Supporting regional and cross-regional peer-learning among host local governments;• Strengthening the regional network (HMLN) and facilitate the creation of a new South-South cross-regional Knowledge Exchange (SSKE).
The theme "Strategic planning for Local Economic Development" was identified by the HMLN as one of the priority solutions for host local governments to improve the welfare of their communities in a protracted forced displacement context. Local Economic Development (LED) strategies focused on attracting private investments can support welfare generation and lead to job creation for the displaced and the local residents by enabling refugees and vulnerable populations to contribute to the local welfare.
The 1st edition of the workshop took place in Amman, Jordan in March 2018, and brought together 45 representatives from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey. Drawing from the request from HMLN members and representatives from new regions (Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa), the CMI and its partners decided to organize a 2nd Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development.
The workshop will consist of a 4-days training and a field visit. It will provide participants with customized methodological tools for host local governments, peer-to-peer exchange of experience, and applied working group session. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and Arabic.
The workshop targets 25 staff and elected representatives of local governments from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, who will be selected through this Call for Participants . The CMI and its partners will cover the costs of travel, accommodation, and workshop for all selected participants.