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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-04
Institution Building for Local Economic Development


Some developing countries are experiencing an increase in regional disparities. This fact requires that policy circles adopt a more effective approach to local economic development. 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. Moreover, 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 institutionalize their individual approaches, taking into account the maximization of local discretion. Therefore, the concept fairly closely resembles the idea of 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, and foreign donor initiatives. In addition, local development initiatives will be compared by looking at different marketing targets. The comparative cases will be from Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, and others countries. These cases involve state initiative, community leadership, donors' initiatives and others.


NISHIKAWA Yoshiaki (Assistant Professor, Nagoya University)

Members of the Research Project

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