Between a rock and a hard place. Sectoral vs. local approaches to private sector development

I am preparing for a presentation at a conference in May about development programmes shifting from a sectoral to a regional or local perspective. This got me thinking about these shifts in focus and why they appear. In economic development, it is often necessary to choose whether to intervene at a sectoral level, or whether… Continue reading Between a rock and a hard place. Sectoral vs. local approaches to private sector development

Starting the innovation system series

The next few posts will be focused on my work in the last 18 months. I have dedicated a large part of my work into diagnosing and improving innovation systems in South Africa. My perspective is quite unique, as I did not conduct these studies to develop national policy, but rather to assist intermediary organizations… Continue reading Starting the innovation system series

Developing territories from the bottom up

Its been a while since I have made a post, largely because watching the discussions in our local press is so amusing and entertaining. I had to keep my fingers in fists not to type anything I would regret later. This is a poor excuse, so let me get back to the reason why you… Continue reading Developing territories from the bottom up

Local economic development as an evolutionary process

Modern evolutionary economics is about 20 years old now, and many research programmes continue to add to the content of the subject. I think that development practitioners have a lot to learn from this subject. When we work at the local level, with local stakeholders and local resources, we are often confronted by the failures… Continue reading Local economic development as an evolutionary process