The Scholarship aims at carrying on the legacy of the influential academic and development practitioner Dr. Jörg Meyer-Stamer (October 30, 1958 – May 1, 2009).

The legacy of Jörg Meyer-Stamer is still well known in the community of development studies around the world. Together with his academic colleges at the German Development Institute he co-authored the concept of Systemic Competitiveness challenging the then dominating development dogma. It always was his objective to encourage new discussions, to challenge his colleagues and clients to question the status quo, and to look deeper into realities of economic development. He always shared his knowledge and encouraged development practitioners to think lateral, looking out for new horizons. Last but not least, he was a master in applying research insights to practice and vice versa and always keen to get a deeper understanding of the real human and institutional challenges and opportunities for a more inclusive economic development.

Jörg Meyer-Stamer was co-founder of Mesopartner. The Jörg Meyer-Stamer-Scholarship is an initiative of Mesopartner and his academic peers.

Below are some of the research papers from our scholarship recipients.

Jörg Meyer-Stamer Research Paper No 01  
Mrs. Claudia Ricaldez, published a paper based on her Master thesis. It contains research of the national competitiveness of the Bolivian software industry with a special local focus on the cities Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and La Paz. Mrs. Ricaldez used a systemic analysis framework and provided a…  
Jörg Meyer-Stamer Research Paper No 02  
The PhD research of Dr Sandra Hildbrand led to a better understanding of the complexity of sugarcane production and supply systems, surfaced several inefficiencies and included possible recommendations in this regard. The title of the Jörg Meyer-Stamer Research Paper No. 2 is Experiences with…  
Jörg Meyer-Stamer Research Paper No 03  
Brian Wallis is an LED expert and the 1st recipient of the Jörg Meyer-Stamer Scholarship . He has a masters degree from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague with a specialization in Local and Regional Development. The scholarship allowed Brian to consolidate his research as an…  
Jörg Meyer-Stamer Research Paper No 04  
Xabier Alberdi reviews and evaluates innovation gaps and their connection with the diversity of intermediaries. His work categorises regional innovation systems (RISs) based on the proactive role played by such organisations, and assembles typologies of RISs in the context of Spain. The research…  
Jörg Meyer-Stamer Research Paper No 05  
Ms Federica Nieri scholarship paper title 'Creating genuine shared values in industrial clusters: The contribution of the human rights approach' discusses the intricacies of the Creating Shared Value (CSV) approach in the light of a set of original case studies of industrial clusters in Asia and…  
Jörg Meyer-Stamer Research Paper No 06  
Hady Salman research paper on 'Insect Food Value Chains: Mapping and Governance Mechanisms' concludes that governance in insect food value chains is needed as suppliers lack technical competence or market knowledge. The paper was supervised by Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger from the University of Leipzig.  

This anthology was published for Dr. Jörg Meyer-Stamer's 50 birthday by the partners from Mesopartner, research colleagues and friends just seven months before his sudden death.  It brings together a large variety of articles and comments by development scholars and practitioners from all over the world. The opening article and pivot is a reprint of an influential publication on systemic competitiveness. Based on this concept, the authors are looking back and ahead at various topics related to territorial development, value chain and cluster promotion, innovation and change. The reader will get a deep insight into the academic work and professional personality of Dr. Jörg Meyer-Stamer. This book is an invitation to new debates in the development community.

Link to the book Milestones in a process of innovation, change and development

Podcasts/Interviews with Dr Jörg Meyer-Stamer about his career

Part 1

Part 2