Now closed: e-discussion on Growth, Diversification and Structural Change
Welcome to the e-discussion on growth, diversification and structural change, which will run from today, 18 January until 22 February 2013. This e-discussion is the second in a series of four e-discussions organized on growth and employment in the post-2015 development agenda. The other e-discussions focus on jobs and livelihoods; development-led globalization; and sustainability and growth.
We are delighted that you join us in this important debate. To participate, please review the discussion questions below and post your response in the comments box. Comments are welcome in any of the languages supported by Google Translate.
We aspire toward a future free from poverty, with low inequality, decent jobs for all - a world where the basic human rights of women and men are fulfilled. However, despite the progress achieved since the world has adopted the Millennium Development Goals, these aspirations remain unfulfilled for many.
It is often argued that the key to addressing these problems is inclusive economic growth driven by economic diversification and structural change. Structural change is defined here as transformation of economies from high reliance on agriculture and exploitation of natural resources to more diversified and more inclusive economies driven by high value adding agriculture, industry and service sectors [see for example the Report of the earlier consultation in Japan on growth and employment in the post-2015 development agenda].
To kick off our debate and to elicit the broadest possible range of views and experiences, we invite you to respond to the questions below using your experience, ideas or research:
- Growth, diversification and structural change should play a prominent role in the post-2015 development agenda. Do you share this view? In your experience, can structural change generate sustainable economic growth and decent jobs?
- If so, what kind of strategies and policies can lead to such structural change?
- What are the opportunities and key constraints in implementing such strategies and policies in your country?
We look forward to your active participation and we also encourage you to inform your colleagues and networks about this discussion.
Rolph van der Hoeven, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Nicola Crosta, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Uyanga Gankhuyag, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Oliver Schwank, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)