Our model

Fundamentally, the IGC model is based on the recognition that building effective growth policies in developing countries requires more than imported solutions. Countries face a range of challenges that require new thinking, new evidence and a flow of new ideas.

The IGC uses an innovative ‘co-generation’ approach – enabling policymakers and researchers to jointly set research agendas and to work collaboratively as research progresses. Embedded country teams work with policymakers to determine key growth challenges and identify country priorities. These demands form the backbone of the IGC’s global research agenda, which focuses on four key drivers of growth: state effectiveness, productive firms, liveable cities, and reliable energy access.

Engaging policy stakeholders from the beginning ensures that demand-led research feeds directly into policymaking. Co-generation acknowledges the importance of policymakers not only as decision-makers and implementers, but as knowledge creators. This approach is guided by the principle that research can best inform policy decisions when it is conceived, developed, and embedded within local policy contexts.

Building on this foundation of in-country engagement, the IGC hosts a series of high-profile global and regional events throughout the year to facilitate engagement between policymakers and researchers to help shape research and policy agendas in our partner countries and globally.

IGC Country Programme Director Hugh Cole explains the benefits of our co-generation approach in this video: