Networks for Prosperity: Connecting Development Knowledge Beyond 2015

The report illustrates the importance of  network governance in the context of economic globalization, aid and  development. It argues that this is of particular relevance in the  context of the current debate on the establishment of a new set of  global development goals by 2015. The updated 2012 Connectedness Index,  covering 132 countries, shows that many emerging economies – such as  Chile, Costa Rica, South Africa and Viet Nam – have systematically  improved their connectedness.

The top 10 performers in the 2012 Connectedness  Index are Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland,  Singapore, Ireland, Canada and the United States, according to a new  report released today by the United Nations Industrial Development  Organization (UNIDO).

Since last year, Canada and Ireland have  significantly improved their positions but the United States, while  still among the top 10, has lost six places in the index due to its  deteriorating international connectedness sub-index and is now ranked  10th.

A strong correlation exists between a country’s  connectedness – its readiness for the challenges of globalization – and  its government effectiveness, regulatory quality, competitive  industrial performance and overall economic success. Based on this  evidence, the report urges the international community to adopt network  governance and knowledge network approaches in its global development  strategies and the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda. It also  recommends middle-income countries to strengthen their role in global  development cooperation through intensified knowledge networking and  South-South cooperation.

This report has been jointly produced by UNIDO  and the Centre for Global Governance Studies in Leuven, Belgium, under  the overall umbrella of the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund. It includes  contributions from a wide variety of experts in the field of knowledge  networks and network governance.

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