The Scholarship aims at carrying on the legacy of the influential academic and development practitioner Dr. Jörg Meyer-Stamer (October 30, 1958 – May 1, 2009).
Until today Jörg Meyer-Stamer is well known in the community of development studies around the world. Together with his academic colleges at the German Development Institute he co-authored the concept of Systemic Competitiveness challenging the then dominating development dogma. It always was his objective to encourage new discussions, to challenge his colleagues and clients to question the status quo, and to look deeper into realities of economic development. He always shared his knowledge and encouraged development practitioners to think lateral, looking out for new horizons. Last but not least, he was a master in applying research insights to practice and vice versa and always keen to get a deeper understanding of the real human and institutional challenges and opportunities for a more inclusive economic development.
Jörg Meyer-Stamer was co-founder of the consultancy company Mesopartner. The partners of Mesopartner took the initiative to fund the Jörg Meyer-Stamer-Scholarship and invited friends and academic peers to support the Scholarship-project. The response was very promising and we are therefore positive that the scholarship will become a joint project of friends, academic colleagues and business partners of Jörg Meyer-Stamer.