Local Economic Development Seminar – World Urban Forum
EcoPlan designed and facilitated a professional development seminar on strategic planning for local economic development (LED) as a special “pre-event” for the World Urban Forum. The interactive seminar examined how various groups – including donors, local government, private sector, and civil society organizations – are addressing LED. The seminar identified common LED challenges and opportunities, and promoted networking, synergies, and collaboration with participants. Both “demand side” (i.e., the municipalities and local governments, the private sector, and civil society/NGO organizations working in LED), and “supply side” (i.e., provincial, state, national, and international agencies and donor organizations that fund and support LED activities) stakeholders attended the seminar.