The learning program consisted of 10 training modules is designed for local public servants working on local economic issues. The program provides an opportunity for representatives of local self-governments to improve their knowledge of and gain practical skills for the planning, implementation and evaluation of activities aimed at local economic development.
The training modules may be provided in complete as well as separately. Each of the modules represents a stand-alone learning course and includes a syllabus, reading materials, an exercise book, knowledge assessment tests and presentations of a trainer.
Modules have been designed as supplementary learning programs for professional development of local public servants, which municipal authorities may procure from qualified providers pursuant to the respective legislation.
Individual training modules have been created as an open resource for interested educational and training institutions, thus they can download and use any of these modules.
Local Economic Development is more than economic growth. It represents a multi-dimensional concept, which encompasses economic, social and environmental aspects of a locality and strives towards achieving not only economic growth manifested in such indicators as, for instance, GDP, but also democracy, safeguarding fundamental political rights and liberties, sustainable ecosystem and improved quality of life for all.
Local Economic Development is a participatory process which centers around partnership between local authorities, general public, civil society groups, local organizations and private sector with the purpose of mobilising locally available resources, creating jobs and incentivizing economy. The concept of Local Economic Development views economy as a means for economic development as opposed to a conventional view in which a locality is a means to economic development.
Along with the rapid modernization of governance systems across the globe and a growing tendency towards decentralization, Local Economic Development has been increasingly seen as one of the main functions as well as means at the hands of local authorities for responding to local needs. The stronger the local self-government is the greater role they have in stimulating local economic development and the more tangible the outcomes of the development are.
The Local Economic Development (LED) Programme was developed by the Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC) with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.