IDC Unternehmensberatung GmbH

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There is widespread agreement that sustainable economic growth is a precondition for reducing poverty. Development policy aims at generating “pro-poor growth”, creating jobs for the poor and providing small-scale entrepreneurs with new market opportunities while contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation. It is in this context that “value chain promotion” has emerged as a key concept of economic development and transformation of agri-food systems.

Building on these ideas, GIZ has developed an action-oriented methodology called ValueLinks 2.0 that compiles the most important tools for value chain promotion. It provides the framework for a systematic approach to strengthening national and regional competitiveness and includes know-how for organisations and public agencies active in the field of economic development.

Objectives of the seminar

The objective is to enhance the skills of participants in designing, implementing and monitoring value chain upgrading projects with a particular focus on climate-smart VC promotion. The know-how covers both technical subjects and facilitation skills to work with groups of entrepreneurs, business associations and public institutions.


The seminar is organised jointy by IDC Unternehmensberatung and ECO Consult from Germany. The seminar will be the ninth ValueLinks training seminar orgamised by IDC in Cambodia after eight successful events in 2011-2019.


The training seminar is intended to serve development agencies, government institutions, consultants, business associations and other private sector representatives working on economic development in Southeast Asia.

Main contents of the training seminar

The seminar gives participants a profound introduction into the concept and methodology of ValueLinks 2.0, which is one of the most recognised VC development approaches and currently implemented by a large number of programmes worldwide. The training follows an interactive method, in which the presentation of concepts, facts and methodology alternates with exercises to apply hands-on tools and know-how to concrete cases.

In particular, the training covers the following subjects:

  • Introducing the value chain promotion concept and the general terms used at the interface of sustainable development and inclusive growth
  • Selecting high potential value chains
  • Analysing value chains with a structural, economic, environmental and social perspective
  • Developing a vision and strategy for chain upgrading
  • Process design and facilitation skills for working with chain actors and engaging in public-private partnerships
  • Introducing innovative business models
  • Facilitating horizontal and vertical market linkages
  • Promoting improved business services
  • Strengthening financial service arrangements
  • Introducing standards on product quality and safety
  • Improving the business climate of value chains
  • Conducting impact monitoring in value chain projects.

Training Material

Participants will receive a printed copy of the seminar binder and the complete set of ValueLinks presentations plus additional documents in electronic form.

Date and Duration

The seminar will start early on Monday morning, November 20, and will last until Friday afternoon, November 24, 2023. Participants are recommened to arrive on Sunday evening (November 19)


The seminar language will be English.


The venue of the workshop will be the Steung Siem Reap Hotel, see The charming Cambodian boutique hotel with French colonial architecture and 76 rooms located in the French quarter in the city centre of Siem Reap, just a few km from the international airport, provides a perfect setting for a relaxed and concentrated workshop atmosphere.

Registration and Fees

The early registration fee for the seminar is EUR 1,200 per participant without accommodation and EUR 1,500 with accommodation included. The late registration fee for the seminar is EUR 1,400 per participant without accommodation and EUR 1,650 with accommodation included.

The training fees cover the cost of the training, training materials as well as lunch and coffee breaks. Please note that transportation and dinner are to be covered by the participants.

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