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.
- Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
- World Energy Council
- African Tax Administration Forum
- International Development Research Centre
- Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
- World Inequality Lab – Paris School of Economics
- Green Alliance
- Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)
- Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)
- ISEAL Alliance
- Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
- Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
- Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
- Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW)
- Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University, U.K.
- Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
- Columbia University
- European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin)
- Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
- Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)
- Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
- Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.
- Oxford Martin School (OMS)
- Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
- Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI)
- German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
- Climate Transparency
- Center for Development Research (ZEF)
- The Brookings Institution
- University of St. Gallen
- Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)
- Georgetown University
- Zeppelin University gGmbH (ZU)
- Zhejiang University Center for Internet and Financial Innovation
- GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
- GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
- Michigan State University (MSU)
- acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
- Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
- The Bridge Tank
- PwC Germany
- South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
- Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
- Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
- HSRC BRICS Research Centre
- Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCIS)
- Chinese Academy of Engineering
- Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
- RWI – Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research