Addressing the Meta-Level – New Approaches to Private Sector Development

GTZ Discussion Paper: Systemic competitiveness is the guiding framework for private sector development within the context of development cooperation. This framework distinguishes four interlinked levels of intervention: the micro-, the meso-, the macro- and the meta-levels of competitiveness. The latter denotes the socio-cultural, economic and political patterns and orientations in a given society or country and is often linked to long-term societal changes and dynamics. Even though the meta-level is highly relevant for private sector development, it is seldom explicitly addressed in practical development work. The study to hand has been initiated so as to explore innovative approaches for private sector development which address the metalevel of systemic competitiveness.