The economic environment in which we operate is influenced by how the different actors in society relate to each other. This is even more so the case at localised levels. The application of policies are becoming more to life at local levels. Local Economic Development can be defined as a process in which agreements between (local) governments, society and the private sector are established to manage existing resources to create jobs and stimulate the economy of a well-defined territory. As such local economic development is linked to the triple helix and partnership approach, cluster thinking, competitive resources, the institutional environment and value chain analysis. Within local economic development MSM specialises in the sectors of agribusiness development, water management, rule of law, sexual, mental and reproductive health and private sector development.
Agribusiness development is of prominent importance for emerging economies in Africa and Asia in particular but also in Latin America. MSM has ample experience in supporting agribusiness from an institutional and organisational knowledge eco-system.
Private sector development
Through Private Sector Development, MSM supports fragile communities and regions in emerging countries towards decent work and livelihoods. Private Sector Development plays therefore an important part in the field of local economic development.
Rule of law
The rule of law is fundamental to international peace and security and political stability in order to achieve economic and social progress and development and to protect people’s rights and fundamental freedoms.
Mental, sexual and reproductive health
Gender equality is a cross cutting theme in many of MSM’s initiatives and the main focus in a few specific projects. Through institutional strengthening, capacity development amongst staff and training of trainers, MSM helps vulnerable groups.
Water scarcity or surplus, or pollution are a big problem in the world and MSM has expertise in the field of Water and sanitation issues: adaptive water management, polluted water and the consequences of climate change.