We offer unique expertise in organizing and guiding the discussions that produce consensus on critical issues and negotiations.


We train development specialists in proven and effective approaches to rural development.

Developing resilient markets requires understanding where there are systemic constraints in the market systems that prevent small-scale farms and businesses from pursuing opportunities. This course provides an introduction to a systemic approach to growing market sectors – whether they be agricultural commodities, services, products or industries.

This two-day course emphasizes a systemic approach to growing targeted market sectors – whether they are agricultural commodities, services, products or industrial sectors. The learning objectives are to:

  1. Improve awareness of market systems and how they are influenced;
  2. Understand the basic elements of a market systems development approach to the design and implementation of assistance programs for farmers and entrepreneurs and how it compares to other approaches;
  3. Become familiar with value chain analysis;
  4. Examine the tools and techniques for assessing market systems and identifying systemic constraints to equitable and sustainable growth.

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Sustainability encompasses a confusing array of concepts, definitions and rules. This course will better define these elements and explore how they can be integrated to benefit a broad range of projects, partnerships, communities, industries, policies and environments. Decision mapping will be emphasized.

This 3-5 day course is designed to provide leaders, decision-makers and policymakers from a range of different roles to develop a holistic understanding of the socio-economic environment they seek to influence and recognize how their own efforts fit within broader economic and socio-political systems. The learning objectives are to:

  1. Understand the various concepts and definitions of sustainability and how they are applied in policies, regulations, strategies, projects and investments;
  2. Improve the analytical ability to understand the overlapping social, economic, environmental and political systems that projects and institutions operate within;
  3. Identify the sustainability factors of strategies, projects and interventions;
  4. Improve management, planning and monitoring/evaluation tools and approaches.

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The key to assisting communities lies in identifying the expectations of all the stakeholders. They include targeted community members, farmers, entrepreneurs, relevant government agencies, partner organizations, donors and others who influence or play an important role in the program. Obtaining alignment and a shared sense of ownership from all parties enables the program to run more smoothly and produce lasting benefits.

This one-day course introduces innovative techniques for enabling all the parties to analyze their needs and opportunities; build synergistic alliances; and measure program performance and evaluate results. The learning objectives are to:

  1. Understand the costs, benefits and risks of stakeholder participation in needs assessment, program monitoring/evaluation and project portfolio review;
  2. Develop a familiarity with effective processes for identifying, organizing and facilitating assessments and evaluations using a representative stakeholder team;
  3. Understand the use of common participatory tools and techniques for scoping, data collection, analysis and review.

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Hamakua Institute - P.O. Box 60, Ninole, HI 96773 · +1.808.937.7372 ·