The third report prepared by the Networks for Prosperity initiative follows the same methodology applied in the previous reports, and, by its analysis and critical discourse, reflects models of cooperation that are increasingly captured by the concept of network governance as one of the key challenges for states, and especially middle-income countries. The 2013 report reflects how to reap the benefits from sustained cooperation in a world which is characterized by a strong increase, even proliferation, of formal and informal bi-lateral and pluri-lateral clubs, organizations and commitments on many transnational policy issues. For those countries which are less connected the challenge is to become more connected.
This report clearly identifies that some countries are more connected, networked than others. What emerges from its analysis is not so much a division between the ‘North’ and ‘South’, but between ‘highly networked countries’ and ‘less networked countries’, that is, countries moving from the periphery to the core grasping the importance of being connected. The hypothesis is that those countries that understand the importance of networks can develop distinct advantages in their pursuit of prosperity.
Networks for Prosperity: Partnering for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development has been jointly produced by UNIDO and the Centre for Global Governance Studies in Leuven, Belgium.