Local Economic Development

The IHS and ISS have jointly developed a MOOC, which is open for enrollment on Coursera. Leading instructors are Dr. Georgina M. Gómez (ISS), ISS Prof. Emeritus AHJ (Bert) Helmsing, and Dr. Jan Fransen (IHS). In week 4 of this course, about Competitiveness, Peter Knorringa introduces the relatively new concept of frugal innovation within the innovation family.

Local economic development refers to the processes by which local governments, businesses, and civil society groups get together to raise income sustainably and improve their lives in a well-defined area. It’s about creating jobs, securing livelihoods, improving infrastructure and managing local resources.

We will be dealing with questions such as the following. Why does economic development take place in some areas of the world and not in others? Why doesn’t it happen in your place? What prevents people from having the lives they want to live right there? Could your region make more of the opportunities of globalization and new technologies? Did the promises of decentralization in your country fail to deliver better public services and more responsive governments? If these are the questions you are asking yourself, this is the right course for you. It explores the where, who and how of economic development.

Read more and sign up for this course on Coursera