Synthesis Documents

Towards collective business action and cross-sector collaboration in responsible competitiveness clusters in southern Africa, 2008

    Ralph Hamann, Daisy Kambalame, Sean de Cleene & Nkosithabile Ndlovu
    Development Southern Africa Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2008

    Responsible competitiveness clusters are cross-sector collaboration initiatives focused on identifying and acting upon synergies between sustainable development and economic competitiveness objectives. By means of three case studies in southern Africa this paper investigates the incentives,
    opportunities and challenges encountered in the emergence of such clusters. The first case study focuses on a regional response to the development challenges encountered in a South African mining area, the second describes efforts to make the Malawian agriculture sector more inclusiveand competitive and the third discusses options for enhancing the competitiveness of the Lesotho textile sector. The paper concludes with a discussion of the role of international trade networks, the institutional framework, public sector support and internal governance processes as key factors influencing the initial level of success of these initiatives.