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Territorial Development and the Great Transformation : What to consider when strengthening cities and rural areas in the future  
In this interview (and videocast) we will be talking with Prof. Dr Dirk Messner about a question that has been keeping us busy for a while now: In our work, how can we promote a more sustainable and transformative way of territorial development, and what systemic perspectives have to be taken into…  
Quality Infrastructure enables the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved  
In 2015 the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a framework for peace and prosperity for the planet and its people. 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the core of the 2030 Agenda. The SDGs demand concerted action in a global partnership to…  
Circular Territorial Development  
Looking at the inefficient and polluting way that energy is produced and used worldwide, it becomes apparent that we are still following the linear economic development model of “take, make, use, lose” (Raworth, 2017): Take the material resources which are necessary to produce a product, make it by…  
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.  
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