• G20 Policy Research Group

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G20 Policy Research Group

In 2008 the G20, previously a forum of finance ministers and central bank governors from economically significant countries, met for the first time at the level of heads of state and government in Washington in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The G20 has evolved in terms of the depth of the underlying process, the breadth of topics that are on the agenda and the number of stakeholders that are involved in the process since then. At the same time, the G20 is increasingly subject to criticism with regard to its effectiveness in addressing global challenges ranging from sustainable development, trade protectionism and forced migration. Critics also point to the lack of legitimacy of the G20, as a self-selected club of economically powerful countries, vis-à-vis non-G20 countries and civil societies.

The “G20 Policy Research Group”, based at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), accompanies the G20 process and other club governance formats such as the BRICS, MIKTA and G7 from the perspective of global sustainable development through research and policy advice. DIE experts take an active role in the Think20, a group of think tanks from G20 countries, and coordinates the T20 Africa Standing Group which also involves think tanks from across Africa.

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