The following policy areas reflect important threads of the G20 work agenda that are of interest to G20 policy makers. Please choose your area of interest and find the respective policy recommendations on the following pages.
Think 20 Dialogue
Germany has assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1, 2016. The German government has mandated the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) with organizing the T20 process during its presidency until November 30, 2017. T20 Task Forces have been established to prepare Policy Briefs for the ongoing dialogue with G20 decision makers and other relevant stakeholders.
Learn more about the G20 Insight Platform and the German T20 process online at T20germany.org. The Think 20 Summit 2017 – GLOBAL SOLUTIONS took place in Berlin on May 29-30 2017. Please find more information at global-solutions.international.
Visions help policy makers think about the principles for designing policies and help them communicate policies to the public. The Visions aim to align the policy objectives of different G20 member states.
Beyond Capital and Wealth: Challenges of the G20
The world is economically integrated, but socially fragmented. Thus economic progress can become decoupled from social progress. The G20 has traditionally focused on economic policy issues – economic growth and financial stability. This is appropriate as along as social progress is closely tied to economic progress, for then the achievement of material prosperity will promote human flourishing. But when economic and social progress becomes decoupled – as we commonly observe through growing income disparities, growing disempowerment and disintegrating social affiliations – then an exclusive preoccupation with economic policy issues is unlikely to quell the widespread public discontent. On this account, it is appropriate for the G20 objectives to be broadened to include resilient, inclusive and sustainable prosperity. These objectives must be attained with regard to more than material needs; they must also address the human needs for empowerment and solidarity. This wider conception of human needs calls for a new worldview to underlie G20 policymaking, one that generates social acceptance for multilateral cooperation in tackling multilateral problems, while allowing different countries to nourish different national, cultural and religious identities.
Empowering Women in the Digital Age
Digitalization offers a variety of opportunities for female empowerment and for a more equal female participation in labor markets, financial markets, and entrepreneurship. Currently, digitalization seems to favor female labor force that faces lower risk of being replaced by machines, as compared to male labor force. Women’s often superior social skills represent a comparative advantage in the digital age, and this is particularly so when social skills are complemented with higher education and advanced digital literacy. However, the same barriers and deficits that obstruct women’s current advancement in many G20 countries may deprive them from many beneficial opportunities in the digital age. Major efforts by G20 governments are required to invalidate these barriers. Rendering women better access to the new digital technologies seems a promising starting point for such efforts, and for thereby achieving the goal of gender equality.
In The SpotlightThe G20 summit was more successful than you think
The G20 Summit 2017 has set the stage for important multilateral achievements in the future, thanks to Chancellor Merkel’s strength of purpose and the wide-ranging efforts of her G20 team. Specifically, there been three major achievements that deserve further attention by researchers and policy makers.
- Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
- Georgetown University
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.
- Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
- RWI – Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research
- Chinese Academy of Engineering
- European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin)
- Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
- Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
- The Brookings Institution
- Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
- Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW)
- Climate Transparency
- World Inequality Lab – Paris School of Economics
- Columbia University
- Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)
- HSRC BRICS Research Centre
- Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
- Center for Development Research (ZEF)
- African Tax Administration Forum
- Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
- Zeppelin University gGmbH (ZU)
- acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
- Zhejiang University Center for Internet and Financial Innovation
- GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
- Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
- The Bridge Tank
- Michigan State University (MSU)
- Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University, U.K.
- GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
- Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
- World Energy Council
- ISEAL Alliance
- International Development Research Centre
- Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCIS)
- Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
- Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)
- Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)
- PwC Germany
- Oxford Martin School (OMS)
- Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI)
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
- Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
- Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
- Green Alliance
- Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)
- Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association
- South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
- Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
- German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
- University of St. Gallen