Upcoming Training and Events

Seven Training modules for Entrepreneurs
Training module for business start-ups in French and English. Introducing the four steps of business implementation including practical exercises (action planning, business idea generation, analyse your competencies, SWOT analysis of the business idea (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats). These training modules are published without copyright and free for use. Modules: 1 on Steps of business implementation, 2 on Marketing, 3 on Accounting, 4 on Administrative procedures, 5 on Financing your business, 7 on International Trade Promotion.

Greening the Economy – New Energy for Business
21 – 22 February at the 6th EBS!
The sixth European Business Summit provides the perfect meeting opportunity for more than 2000 participants from the business community, EU and national political circles, scientific platforms and NGOs from more than 60 nationalities, to debate and exchange views on how to boost business in Europe and Europe in business. Climate change, energy and eco-innovation are at the heart of today’s worldwide debate. Key question for Europe is how to become more competitive whilst being global leader in climate quality at the same time. Therefore, the 2008 EBS will focus on how the EU can turn the ‘carbon challenge’ into business opportunities, giving new energy to growth and jobs.

Value Chain Concepts
The Netherlands, 25-29 February 2008
Hans Posthumus Consulting and MDF will present, discuss and practise the Value Chain Concept in a structured and participatory way. Due attention is given to the various approaches that exist among Value Chain Development practitioners and the various roles that donors, development organisations, private sector organisations, governmental organisations and other stakeholders can play. You will exchange experiences, practice tools and instruments to develop your skills and increase your understanding of the actual practices as well as the process and management thereof. The training approach will be experience-based with emphasis on practical examples. MDF/HPC staff and external resource persons will facilitate, deliver lectures, exercises and discussions, complemented by exploring real-life cases chosen from cases proposed by the participants.

International Anti-Corruption Conference
Cologne, Germany, 25 – 26 February 2008
The international conference on the topic of corruption aims at providing information about the developments on fighting corruption in the European Union as well as promoting better co-operation among the Member States. The international conference supports the co-ordination of actors.

Regional Innovation Strategies for Cluster Internationalisation and Global Competitiveness
Karlsruhe, Germany, 26-27 February 2008
The focus of the International Conference CLOE – Clusters Linked over Europe is on exchanging experiences, how best to support successful cluster evolution and how to stimulate knowledge, innovation and internationalisation of clusters.

Banking on Development
Geneva, Switzerland 28-29 February 2008
OCED-led Policy Public-Private round table. Jointly organised with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the context of the OECD Global Forum on Development.

Business Planning and Financial Projections with Microfin
Washington DC, USA, 7 – 11 April 2008
Bali, Indonesia, 31 Mar – 4 Apr 2008
Microfin has long been the microfinance “industry standard” for planning and budgeting. This course uses the new version of our software, Microfin 4. Microfin 4.0 includes 200 major enhancements over Microfin 3.0, including an expanded range of financial products, improved guidance and error-checking features, versatile graphing, and much more.

Second Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation in Developing Economies
Beijing, China, 21 – 23April 2008
The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around the world to discuss the importance and the different dimensions of innovation in relation with economic growth and development. In this second Conference, a particular emphasis will be put on innovation in China and other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa) countries.

Radical Challenges in Innovation Management
The 9th Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) conference will take place in Valencia on 8-9 September 2008. Academics, practitioners and consultants involved in managing innovation and change are invited to submit presentations. Abstracts should be sent electronically to the conference secretariat before March 3, 2008.

First International Workshop on Economic Aspects of Corruption
Tehran, Iran, 3.-4.November 2008.
Deadline for paper Submission: 1.April 2008.

Microfinance Passport distance learning course
Plural India announced the launch of its “Microfinance Passport”, a four-month distance learning course for those interested in the emergent field of microfinance. The course comprises two comprehensive modules spanning an expansive range of topics in microfinance, both at the macro and micro level, Freestyle (debate sessions) and GroundZero (field visits to partner microfinance institutions).

e-Learning at UNITAR 2008
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce its 2008 e-Learning Course Calendar. For 2008, UNITAR will be conducting over least fifteen online courses intended for a global audience of finance-sector and trade officials.