The course on Local Economic and Social Development (LESD) included deliberations by experts, practical exercises and debates on LESD, as well as field visits to successful examples of LESD on the ground. The programme also included a Training of Trainers (ToT) session, in which participants designed a 3-day LESD core course to be conducted for local governments and non-governmental stakeholders. The 40 participants included senior and mid-level government officials from Ethiopia and UNCDF staff whose tasks include LESD planning and promotion.
Enhance the capacity of central and regional government officials in Ethiopia on LESD. The course also aimed to strengthen the capacity of regional communities in Ethiopia to make optimal use of the existing and potential characteristics of the area to spur socio-economic development.