The Executive Secretariat of the South-South Global Thinkers, composed of UNOSSC and UNDP, is pleased to announce the awardees of its 2021 Research Grant cycle. The awardees will conduct research studies on priority research areas that have been prioritized by the project which also include important aspects mentioned in the BAPA+40 Outcome Document. They include:

  1. Post-COVID-19 Socio-economic recovery policy options and SSC opportunities
  2. South-South and Triangular Cooperation for global and regional public goods
  3. South-South Cooperation in Technology and digital transformation
  4. Role of SSC in responding to crisis and disasters in fragile contexts
  5. Institutional and Policy frameworks, governance, and impact assessment for South-South and Triangular Cooperation

The research papers will be produced/ launched under the South-South Ideas series, providing an extensive and cross-disciplinary breadth of knowledge, evidence-based analyses, independent intellectual debate, as well as inspiring policy recommendations on South-South and triangular cooperation for the achievement of the SDGs. They also seek to assist members states in making informed policy decisions on SSC and inform policy that has been called upon by them.

Please join us in congratulating our 2021 grant awardees!

.1. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD): The CPD is a leading think tank in Bangladesh and South Asia working on evidence-based research, agenda building, dialogues, capacity building and policy influencing. Recently, CPD’s research and advocacy activities have focused on Bangladesh’s macroeconomic and fiscal management, external sector performance, trade in goods and services including migrant workers and remittance flows, LDC graduation challenges and SDG implementation in Bangladesh particularly from the vantage point of ‘leave no one behind. CDP is a member of the Southern Voice Think-Tank Network. In the 2021 research grant cycle, two proposals have been approved from CDP, focusing on the priority areas of “Post-COVID-19 Socio-economic Policy Options and SSC Opportunities”.

.2. Economic Research Forum (ERF): ERF is a regional network, promoting high-quality economic research to contribute to sustainable development in the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey. Established in 1993, it promotes economic research to contribute to sustainable development and evidence-based policy advice in the MENA region. EFR is a member of the GReCEST Network. Their research proposal will focus on the research priority area of “South-South Cooperation in Technology and Digital Transformation”.

.3. BRICS Policy Center (BPC): BPC is a think tank affiliated to the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BPC is a member of Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) Think Tank Network. It aims to contribute to the debate and formulation of policies to reduce inequalities and promote a broad agenda of rights, especially in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Their research will focus on the priority area of “The proposal is aligned with research priority area of South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Global and Regional Public Goods”.

..4. Grupo FARO –Fundación ARU: Grupo FARO is an Ecuadorian civil society organization, independent, nonpartisan, plural, and secular, working to influence policymaking to build a more democratic, innovative, sustainable, and inclusive society. Grupo FARO promotes sustainable development in Ecuador and Latin America, based on research and knowledge. Its focus areas are citizenship and democracy; government and transparency; social development and equity; innovation; natural resources; sustainable development; programs and policy evaluation. ARU Foundation is an independent and pluralistic public policy research institute that produces applied research to inform and guide Bolivia's debate of public policies.

The research proposal will be undertaken jointly by Grupo FARO and ARU Foundation, focusing on priority areas of “Post-COVID-19 Socio-economic recovery policy options and SSC opportunities”. Both think tanks are members of the Latin American Public Policy Research Initiative (ILAIPP) Network.

.5. Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE-PKU): The Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE) is a leading Think Tank in China. The institute works rhythmically on areas including academic research, think-tank practices, talent cultivation, team development, database construction, and academic exchange. As part of Peking University, INSE is ultimately governed by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. INSE-PKU is a member of the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST) Think Tank Network. Under the 2021 grant cycle, the research will focus on the priority areas of “Post-COVID-19 Socio-economic recovery policy options and SSC opportunities”.

.6. Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI): SDPI is an independent think tank based in Pakistan, Its mandate is to conduct policy advice, policy-oriented research, and advocacy from a broad multi-disciplinary perspective, promote the implementation of policies, programs, laws, and regulations based on sustainable development and facilitate civil society-government interaction through collaboration with other organizations and activist networks.

SDPI is a part of the Global Thinkers network as a member of Southern Voice. Under the 2021 grant cycle, their research will focus on the priority area of “South-South Cooperation in Technology and digital transformation.