The aim of IDGM+ is to reach the minimum critical size for the actual existence of a think-tank on development issues at the European level, gathering French, European researchers and researchers from the South in order to have an international visibility comparable to that of the biggest think-tanks in the world and in the field of development economics, as initially aimed by IDGM.
The project Labex IDGM+ is based on three central pillars :
- Scientific research on the effectiveness of development policies, sustainable development and global governance;
- a strategy to promote ideas eased by existing partners networks and the status of think-tank for Ferdi and Iddri
- the impact on the training programs proposed by Cerdi-Ferdi partnership and by Sciences-Po Paris where IDDRI provides scientific leadership of two masters. All of these partners are well-known in the field of international development.
The strategy of IDGM+ is to gather around the permanent team a significant number of the best French and European researchers in the field in order to have an influence on the design and orientations of the policies for development.
270 researchers are involved in the project. Researchers from the Ferdi, Iddri and Cerdi, including their strong network of invited researchers, will develop new ideas and high quality research aimed at influencing policies set up by policy makers from developed and developing countries.
Beyond the high quality research, the goal of the project is to have an influence on the design and orientations of the policies for development. For that purpose, a strong outreach strategy of the research results and the dissemination of the projects position on key elements of the debate on development is necessary. All three partners of the project have developed a outreach policy which will be strengthened thanks to the IDGM+, and is visible through Scientific publications, working papers, organisation or participation in important national and international conferences, web sites…
French companies may also request the IDGM+ partners to obtain rigorous analysis on factors influencing their international development, particularly in developing countries, while considering the environmental aspects of their activities. This type of partnership will strengthen the think-tank role of IDGM+ through support to the French economic sphere.
Capacity building: Master and Ph.D. Programmes
The project IDGM+ will enhance the training of the future researchers and other actors of development through the participation of its researchers in high standard master and Ph.D. programmes. First, the Cerdi offers a broad supply of training programmes at the master degree in development economics (in particular with the “magistère de développement économique”) and with a Ph.D. programme (“Ecole doctorale”). This Ecole doctorale will reinforce links already regular with other Ph.D. programmes led by participants in the project.
More linked to the think tank project is the Cerdi master “Gestion de Politique Economique” (managed with the support of Ferdi) aiming at reinforcing the capacity in national economic management of developing countries through the training of high level foreign civil servants. The programme GPE is supported by the World Bank and the French Ministère des Affaires Etrangères. The Ferdi also keeps alive a network of 500 alumni, among whom many have high level positions in developing countries. To be noted, Cerdi-Ferdi alumni are by far the main supply of diplomee from French educational system in the Bretton Woods institutions.
Located in Paris, the researchers of the Iddri also actively participate in training programmes through their collaboration with Sciences Po, Paris within a master in international affairs with a specific curriculum on Environment, Sustainable development and Risks. They also are implementing a new programme of development practitioners (master of development practices) under the scientific responsibility of the director of the Iddri and with the Paris School of International Affairs, in partnership with Columbia University and in the framework of a network supported by the MacArthur Foundation.