Development Volume 58.4 on Sustainable Industrial Transformation is out now!

Development Volume 58.4 on Sustainable Industrial Transformation is out now!

Industrialization is considered a critical step for the transformation process of many countries and as such it is has been captured in the Agenda 2030 as one of the means to narrow the development gap and improve the lives and livelihoods of many millions of people all around the world.  However, the extent to which industrial transformation can be resilient, sustainable, inclusive and innovative will present a great challenge to most developing countries.                                       

For many developing countries, the adoption of new technologies that will allow them to leapfrog, as well as seeking to replicate the Asian miracle (cloning the low paid, labour-intensive production of import substitutes and export oriented goods) dominate conversations about industrialization.  But is this path towards industrialization a must for all?

Contributors to this journal issue suggest that the same pathways may not necessarily yield the same results and might have differing implications, as several elements may not converge in the same way both locally and globally. A recurring message from the various articles is that countries should rather promote structural transformation through an active implementation of industrial policies that can foster local value addition and diversify production that will deepen their participation (and hence benefits) from their national and regional markets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The success of the present industrial model relies on the exploitation of both labour and natural resources as well as shifting the focus from fair wages to labour productivity and completely. Furthermore, this model discounts significantly the full cost of its environmental impact. Thus, industrialization cannot be delinked from human and labour rights and sustainability in all its dimensions; and advancing technology is not the panacea that will deliver sustainable development.  

The journal questions whether, given the constraints imposed by the current model of globalization (pursuing vested interests, lacking political leadership and being governed by financial markets to the detriment of people’s rights and safety, all over the planet), it is possible to have an industrialization process that is both sustainable and inclusive industrialization. The authors believe that eventually, such a sustainable industrial transformation process is possible and that it is central to elevating people and societies from extreme poverty towards more prosperous and peaceful futures. However, this requires (a structural transformation led by) political leadership, effective governance, and policy coherence. 

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Li Yong: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

Anabella Rosemberg: Sustainable Industrial Transformation: For whom and where to start?

Andrew Mold: Running Up That Hill? The Challenges of Industrialization in the East African Community

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