Technological CapabilityFor information on the Rapid Appraisal of Local Innovation Systems methodology click here, and for a list of publications on technology click here.
Parallel to the work on Systemic Competitiveness, in our group at GDI we worked on technological capability. The starting point was a cross-country evaluation of 26 German technical assistance projects in six countries (Thailand, Indonesia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Argentina) which was conducted in 1992. The summary results are available here.
An important contribution of this work was the concept of the Four Pillars of Technological Capability.
Since 1997, GTZ has been running a pilot project to implement the recommendations of the evaluation, with a specific focus at the environmental field. The project is called Strenghtening Environmental Technological Capability, ETC. Its main hypothesis is that technological capability building essentially is about networking, and that strengthening the technological capability is the main prerequisite to make technology transfer effective (which is gaining prominence again in the context of global environmental and climate policy). One of the instruments which we have developed and successfully tested are Networkshops and Information Fora.