INTERNATIONAL THINK TANK NETWORK

 

WHAT IS THE ITTN?

 

In 2009 CDE launched an initiative to co-ordinate and collaborate with think tanks from other countries to learn from and give voice to the developing world. Eminent professors Francis Fukuyama, Jagdish Bhagwati and Paul Romer were lead speakers together with Peter Berger and Ann Bernstein at the initial workshop in Washington, DC, designed to frame the project’s objectives in Formulating Development Policies Led by Developing Country Voices.

 

It was agreed that the work would advocate for market-based development solutions and amplify research and thought from India, Brazil, South Africa initially in international debates on development strategy. Our aim is to promote modernisation (within a democratic context) without necessarily imposing the beliefs and cultures of ‘western modernity’ on the diverse people of the developing world.

 

More on our first extensive project can be found here and over the course of 2015 we will be looking at expanding opportunities for the poor in India, Brazil, South Africa and China.

 

Because of our growing network, we have also been able to source international thinking on a range of topics challenging South Africa policy makers and have hosted many speakers at a range of workshops, roundtable discussions and dinners to share their experiences.

CDE in collaboration with partner think-tanks in India and Brazil as well as the London-based Legatum Institute, set out over a period of more than two years to shed new light on the relationship between democracy, inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world. The Democracy Works! project has drawn on workshops held in Delhi, Rio and Johannesburg, more than twelve research papers commissioned from scholars in all three countries, three country-specific reports, as well as contributions and advice from leading global experts and other international think-tanks.

VISIT THE DEMOCRACY WORKS WEBSITE

The Democratic Alternative presentation to the US Dept of State

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