System building for better policy alignment in the South: the case of salmon farming industry in Chile

Michiko Iizuka, UNU-MERIT

In this global age, issues that developing countries confront are widening and increasingly complex due to intricate ways in which countries are interlinked. Due to such increased interdependency, catching up process of development countries is more and more becoming susceptible to the external events. This requires the developing countries to have more resilience and flexibility in adapting to the changes that happen beyond their control. To achieve above, the systemic approach is considered beneficial because this provides a holistic view in policy formulation. The use of innovation systems (IS) became increasingly popular among international development community as well as some bilateral cooperation agencies as a useful ‘focusing device’ to identify and effectively meet the policy needs in the South under such context. The purpose of this paper is to explore the new ways in which the IS can be used from the Southern context. The paper reviews recent policy discussions and potential limits when IS concept is applied for developing countries. The paper particularly pays attention to the IS building and transformation since conventional IS discussion tends to focus on its function but not on transformation. The paper also tries to apply proposed integrated approach to the actual existing case, Chilean salmon farming, to see whether such perspective can provide the richer picture for policy formulation.

Venue: UNU-MERIT Conference room.

Date: 13 May 2009

Time: 16:00 - 17:00  CET