272 results:
31. Strengthening technological capability  
Strengthening technological capability This article is a summary of a research paper that Mesopartner was commissioned to write for Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS) on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa. It is about strengthening technological capability in developing countries like South Africa to prepare for the changing nature of work, production and…  
32. Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability  
Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability During the past year, Mesopartner has been working with the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in South Africa to develop a strategy to identify and respond to discontinuous technological change (see Article 11 in this Annual Reflection, Responding to…  
33. Smart cities and smart rural areas: Digitisation is not the first priority  
Smart cities and smart rural areas: Digitisation is not the first priority What constitutes the "smart" element of a space or a place? We argue that “smart” does not equal digitisation. But if "smart" is not necessarily associated with digital solutions, what does it mean then? Smart cities and smart rural areas: Digitisation is not the first priority What constitutes the "smart" element of a…  
34. Responding to the geography of discontent  
Responding to the geography of discontent Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Regional Planning at the London School of Economics (LSE), has recently contributed to the public debate on the connection between populism and regions (Rodríguez-Pose, 2018). His studies show a strong correlation between electoral behaviour and the economic development of territories in Europe. According to his…  
35. LED and MSD: Differences and complementarities  
LED and MSD: Differences and complementarities In recent editions of the Annual Reflection, particularly in the 2015 Annual Reflection, we discussed Local Economic Development (LED) intensively. We have also occasionally discussed Market System Development (MSD). LED and MSD: Differences and complementarities In recent editions of the Annual Reflection, particularly in the 2015 Annual…  
36. Twenty years of PACA – Retrospective reflections and opportunities for renewal  
Twenty years of PACA – Retrospective reflections and opportunities for renewal Twenty years ago, Dr Jörg Meyer-Stamer started writing the zero-draft manual of the rapid participatory approach under the title of Participatory Appraisal of Competitive Advantage (PACA) at an airport in southern Brazil. Some days earlier, he had designed and facilitated the first application of the method in the…  
37. The beauty of circular value chains  
The beauty of circular value chains Both the value chain and the circular economy concept have their unique attractiveness. In the 2016 Annual Reflection we published the article From value chains to circular economic systems (Cunningham, Jenal & Harmes-Liedtke, 2016), where we argue that value chains often optimise efficiency at the product level but fail to provide resource efficiency at an…  
38. Targeting resilience, not growth  
Targeting resilience, not growth Many international donor programmes have growth and employment as their prime objectives and performance targets. Impact-level indicators usually cover the number of full-time equivalent jobs created and net-attributable income change. As these programmes are about reducing poverty and inequality, this is certainly right. Or is it? Targeting resilience, not growth…  
39. Adaptive management  
Adaptive management Adaptive management has caused quite a buzz in development. At the same time, many practitioners, particularly those who have been around for a while, see it more as common sense than as something completely new. Mesopartner has always promoted an approach that is sensitive to the context and to stakeholder capabilities, and is able to incorporate learning over time, adapting…  
40. A process of search and discovery  
A process of search and discovery One output of Mesopartner’s work in bringing theory and practice around complexity and development together is the Systemic Insight process logic. It presents an outline of a process of continuous discovery and learning that can be applied in a great variety of settings – from individuals to teams to whole organisations exploring ways to achieve change in a…