Disruptive Technologies for Private Sector Development in the DRC  
Mesopartner has supported the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to make sense of how they can use technology support to support their private sector development work. The report is written under DFID DRC’s Decision Support Project…  
Rethinking systemic change: economic evolution and institutions technical paper  
In this work, we question the utility of the concept of systemic change in market systems development as it is currently used and suggest that we need a rethink. Systems continuously change and evolve, also without external development actors. The aim of development must be to enhance the…  
Rethinking systemic change: economic evolution and institutions  
In this work, we question the utility of the concept of systemic change in market systems development as it is currently used and suggest that we need a rethink. Systems continuously change and evolve, also without external development actors. The aim of development must be to enhance the…  
The Relevance of Quality Infrastructure to Promote Innovation Systems in Developing Countries  
What is the potential and the relevance of Quality Infrastructure (QI) for innovations in developing countries? The working group “Promoting Innovation Systems”, funded by the International Technical Cooperation PTB, is investigating this question, aiming at integrating the issue of QI into the…  
Rapid Market Assessment of Responsible Tourism in Vietnam 2017  
In order to assess the feasibility of a possible future project ‘Responsible Tourism and Competitiveness in Vietnam’ envisaged by the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) for funding, the ILO has commissioned the preparation of a rapid market assessment (RMA) of Vietnam’s tourism sector.…  
Planning or Doing Local Economic Development? Problems with the Orthodox approach to LED  
This Africa Insight article interrogates the planning-driven approach to LED and contrasts it with an evolutionary approach.  
Modern Industrial Policy or Postmodern Industrial Policies?  
Industrial policy is a multidimensional term combining a number of different policy fields at a number of levels. As a result, political control suffers. The changes in general conditions brought about by globalisation only make things harder by hampering the design of industrial policy. To make…  
LED - An Overview  
As part of it’s support for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) employment and income (e+i) network, Marcus Jenal of Mesopartner contributed to the development of an overview of current thinking and practice in Local Economic Development (LED). The process included a document…  
Promotion of Technology and Innovation in the Context of “Sustainable Economic Development”  
Technical assistance has a tendency to address technology and innovation in an implicit way, as something that is elementary in creating or strengthening productive sectors and services in latecomer countries. Technology is often addressed in an intuitive way. For sector specialists, it goes…  
Assessing the Applicability of Private Sector Development Instruments in Agricultural Economic Development  
The starting point of this GTZ paper is the observation that private sector development (PSD) and agricultural economic development (AED) have historically been two distinct approaches in development cooperation. Both looked at ways to promote productive development in developing countries. But…  
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