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The Great Sustainability Transformation and Mesopartner's role  
The global fossil fuel-based economic growth and the mass consumption model has pushed us to the edge of planetary boundaries. The concept of planetary boundaries was developed by world-class scientists and Nobel laureates in 2009 (Rockström et al., 2009). The concept builds on the argument that we…  
Systemic change: evolving conditions that hold a situation in place  
Under the Systemic Change research theme, we are researching, developing and applying concepts that help development practitioners to catalyse and assess systemic change. In earlier work, we looked at economic evolution and institutions to rethink systemic change in economic development from a…  
Outcome Harvesting: a methodology to track change that is hard to measure  
Development practitioners are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that their work is relevant and that it contributes to sustainably addressing key challenges. There are many different ways to capture and report achievements. The focus is most often on reporting achieved results in the form of…  
Improving the resilience in the meso space  
Over the past few years, Mesopartner has been working on different topics in its meso research theme. We have collaborated closely with our clients, fellow researchers and policy makers to develop and experiment with different ideas in an iterative way, constantly switching between research,…  
Improving the resolution of the meso layer: a case study  
When working to improve the performance of any sector or value chain, we often find a range of meso organisations or programmes designed to support upgrading, skills development and better decision making in small businesses in the targeted sector.
While mapping these organisations is not…
 
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…  
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