Disruptive Structural Change: Do We Have Innovative Policy Responses? European and Latin American Perspectives

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Bonn, 26.04.2016 until 27.04.2016


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institute für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

The workshop explored the socio-economic implications of global technological megatrends and the key principles and best practices of innovative industrial policy responses. It brought together two technological domains that so far had been largely addressed in parallel by separate research communities: the revolutionary changes to production technologies caused by a whole wave of new ICTs and robotics as well as technologies underpinning the green transformation and decarbonization of economic growth within planetary boundaries.

These two megatrends have one thing in common: they trigger disruptive structural change with far-reaching social implications. Effective policy responses – competition-based funding to trigger regional networks, co-governance with the private sector, new forms of evidence-based targeting – are called for.

The workshop provided a platform to discuss some of the emerging policy innovations and trigger a debate among policymakers and researchers from Europe and Latin America on commonalities and differences of regional/country strategies with a view to stimulating mutual learning. 


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