Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability

This article is from the Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2019 (Cunningham, 2019). In this article, I explore how one could go about to discover the network of meso organisations in a country that helps the private and the public sector to strengthen technological capability. During the past year, Mesopartner has been working with the Trade and Industrial… Continue reading Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability

Summer Academy 2017 to focus on meso organizations

In July 2017 we (mesopartner) will host the next annual Summer Academy. This year is special for me, because the theme of the event is about meso-organisations in the economy. Meso organizations are often taken for granted. And it is often assumed that leading or growing a meso organization is like managing a business or… Continue reading Summer Academy 2017 to focus on meso organizations

Recent Mesopartner Working paper on complexity theory and development

This article was originally posted by Marcus Jenal on the systemic-insight.com website in December 2013. I co-authored this paper with Marcus. It is an output of the theme of applying complexity theories to economic development. For the last 3 years we at Mesopartner have been purposefully experimenting with complexity and systems theories in our practice.… Continue reading Recent Mesopartner Working paper on complexity theory and development

Some recent links I enjoyed

Take a look at the article by Andrea Cornwall in The Guardian on how donor policies fail to bring real and sustained change for women. Also take a look at the blogpage of Marcus Jenal and one of my other favorite bloggers David Green (Oxfam). I assume that most of my readers are by now… Continue reading Some recent links I enjoyed

Site update – complete list of publications now available

After the two earlier posts this morning I was asked if I could make my complete list of publications available. Thank you for the reminders! I have added a new sub page on the left (main menu) with a list of the different kinds of publications I’ve been involved in. This includes books, reports and… Continue reading Site update – complete list of publications now available

Book announcement: Understanding Market Failures in an Economic Development Context

This is the long awaited book on Market Failures. The cover page illustration of the hard copy is by Lina Stamer and is an image that I use when I present the popular training session on how to address market failure in a practical way. The book is available for free as a E-book, or… Continue reading Book announcement: Understanding Market Failures in an Economic Development Context

What do we mean with systemic?

There are hundreds of ways of describing the word systemic. Yet in development it is important that we at least narrow down the definitions as to not cause confusion. Richard Hummelbrunner describes three emergent features of methods and approaches from systems thinking: An understanding of interrelationships A commitment to multiple perspectives An awareness of boundaries… Continue reading What do we mean with systemic?

The benefits of being aware of how a system works

For those that have participated in any of the training events that I have contributed to in the last years would hopefully recall my favorite energizer called the Systems Game. In this game we simulate a complex system, with all the participants moving around trying to position themselves between two targets in the group, without… Continue reading The benefits of being aware of how a system works