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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-16
Institution Building for Local Economic Development


Some developing countries are experiencing exacerbating regional disparities in development. This fact requires that policy circles adopt a more effective local economic development approach. Clearly, the expansion of local discretion in production, marketing and logistics for products and services has become a key issue in the local development dialogue. And this local discretion in economic development is becoming more closely related to the sustainability of local economies or localities in general.

This research project looks particularly at how local actors, governments and aid agencies at various levels of the implementation of local development initiatives are trying to build institutions or to institutionalize their individual approaches, taking into account the maximization of local discretion. Therefore, the concept fairly closely resembles the idea to the Global Value Chain and its arguments on the maximization of local decision making power.

In this study, the project members will discuss various local development initiatives including state-led initiatives, local initiatives, neutral agent leadership, foreign donor initiatives and so on. In addition, local development initiatives will be compared by looking at different marketing targets. The comparative cases are from Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, and others countries. The cases involve state initiative, community leadership, donors' initiatives and others.


April 2006 - March 2008


NISHIKAWA Yoshiaki ´╝łAssistant Professor, Nagoya University´╝ë

Members of the Research Project

NISHIKAWA Yoshiaki (Assistant Professor, Nagoya University)
MATSUI Kazuhisa
MUNAKATA Akira (Community Development Programme Officer, Asian Productivity Organization)
KIYOKA Masanobu (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
SATO Yoshinobu (Professor, Nagasaki Wesleyan University)