Territorial development – Volume 4, Issue 4 (June/July 2015)

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    Editorial Dr. San Bilal - Head of Economic Transformation Programme, ECDPM Too often, development approaches adopt a specific thematic or sectoral focus. In doing so, they tend to abstract from the territorial dimension and localisation level of development. A more transversal approach, taking into account the various levels of interventions - supranational (global, continental, regional), cross-border, national and subnational (country’s regions and local, urban, rural) levels, is however necessary to better apprehend the transformation dynamics and development potentials at stake.


    African Economic Outlook 2015: Thinking regional to foster Africa’s structural transformation OECD, AfDB, UNDP, CIRAD African economies need to liberate the potential of their many regions to foster endogenous growth and accelerate structural transformation by adopting regional approaches to development - multi-sectoral, place-based and participative - and building on specific local resources.

    Namibia decentralisation and the Parliamentary oversight process Peter Katjavivi, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia Transparency, inclusiveness and a close local, national and regional nexus are key ingredients of legitimacy and accountability of a development process in which Parliament must play a central role.

    Promoting regional development in a world of global production networks and global value chains Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Professor of Economic Geography/Co-Director, Global Production Networks Centre The world economy is now characterised by increasingly interdependent economic activities organised through cross-border value chains and production networks. This article looks at how regional development becomes more dependent on these global production networks in East Asia.

    Stopping urban migrants no solution for urban poverty Cecilia Tacoli, Principal researcher, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development Rural migrants are often a disproportionate share of the urban poor, but stopping them does not address the root causes of income and non-income urban poverty. Inclusive urbanisation requires informed and proactive planning accountable to all groups.

    Why territories matter What is territorial development? Leonardo Romeo, President of Local Development International LLC A national policy on territorial development may provide the missing link between politics-driven decentralisation and development. This article advances a policy-relevant definition of territorial development and outlines a strategy to promote it.   EU's new thinking on decentralisation and territorial development Jorge Rodríguez, Bilbao Quality Support Manager of the Civil Society and Local Authorities Unit (DEVCO B2), European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development How the EU is going about recognising the developmental role of local authorities as expressions of local political constituencies in a given territory and supporting decentralisation as an instrument for better results. Changing demographics pulling up agriculture Thomas Allen, Economist, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) Examining population dynamics – its growth and spatial distribution – can provide new perspectives on West Africa’s agricultural performance and future prospects. Corridors as industrial policy? Linking people, policies and places Bruce Byiers, Senior Policy Officer, ECDPM This article discusses the origins and key characteristics of some important corridor initiatives as well as the main policy issues that emerge around them. G8 New Alliance threatening land rights? Isabelle Brachet and Antoine Bouhey, Coordinators, ActionAid International What is the New Alliance really promising to the 50 million Africans it hopes to take out of poverty by 2022? Should we accept taking people’s land and voice away as par for the course for agricultural transformation? Regulars Talking Points Blog highlights  Weekly Compass highlights 

    This publication benefits from structural support by ECDPM‘s following partners:  The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria. 

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