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Catalysts for regional development: putting territorial coordination in practice

Gustavo Gordillo and Rodrigo Wagner
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Gustavo Gordillo: FAO

Urban/Regional from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Lack of coordination among agencies at project level and scarce promotion of contracts at micro-scale are critical gaps widely spread in many Latin American regions. We discuss some specific and feasible mechanisms, namely: (i) alliances for rural development and (ii) contract promoters; that may play a catalytic role to deal with the mentioned problems. Based on a continuous improving integral strategy and an effective operative framework, these alliances would be prone to unveil areas for interventions and to channel them into the pipelines of the ministries, financing agencies or private investor initiatives. These alliances can assist in solving tradeoffs between enough economies of scale for enhancing capabilities and sufficient local knowledge. Also, they might reduce capture problems. Contract promoters on the other hand, can be viewed as facilitators for startup businesses. They evolve as enterprise incubators, with expertise for rural areas, projects and marketing; combined with a vision for development. Both catalysts have a synergetic effect for coordinating regional development and should be prominent in rural modernization agendas.

Keywords: Rural development; Catalyst; Experimental; Promoter; Local Governance; Applied Political Economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D7 M13 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2004-11-08
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