Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a Paradigm Shift?  
As economic development practitioners, we often wonder how emerging technological and social changes might affect the people we work with. How will new technologies affect the regions and value chains we work with? How will developing countries participate in global value chains and trade systems?…  
World Economic Forum and the fourth industrial revolution in South Africa  
This paper focuses on the fourth industrial revolution and the concept as promoted by the World Economic Forum, international consultancies, governments and multinational firms.  
Framing the concepts that underpin discontinuous technological change  
The paper takes the form of a literature study on the topic of technological change, innovation and building technological capabilities. For this paper, research and content contributions were also made by Mbofholowo Tsedu (TIPS), Prof Dave Kaplan (University of Cape Town and TIPS Research Fellow),…  
Mapping the meso space that enables technological change, productivity improvement and innovation in the manufacturing sector  
This paper focuses on meso organisations and policies that strengthen the technological capability of the country or industry to enable change, adaptation and economic resilience.  
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.  
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