Writing for Ideas for Growth

Guidelines for authors

The International Growth Centre’s blog Ideas for Growth promotes frontier research on economic growth policies in developing countries. Ideas for Growth is an online platform for leading academics to present and apply their research to the policymaking and political world.

In writing for the IGC Ideas for Growth blog, we encourage our authors to be forthright in presenting new research and proposing new policy ideas.


The Ideas for Growth blog is read by politicians, academics, policymakers, journalists, opinion formers, business leaders, students, campaigners and the general interest reader.

Ideas for Growth articles are distributed via our newsletter and social media platforms to our international network of policy makers, universities, NGOs and other interest groups and individuals across the world.


  • The pieces are designed to be short (800-1,200 words).
  • Ideas for Growth articles should be written in an informed, accessible (non-technical) and forthright style.
  • We encourage contributors, where appropriate, to draw out the tension between policy proposals and the political barriers to implementation. Articles should always lean toward presenting analysis as opposed to a simply descriptive background summary.
  • Articles have more impact if the author clearly spells out the key argument or ‘hook’ at the introduction and conclusion of the piece.
  • The Ideas for Growth audience is international so local knowledge should not be assumed. Please use British English spelling, for example –ise/-ising/-isation rather than –ize/-izing/-ization.
  • References, if necessary, should be included as embedded hyperlinks or, if hyperlinks are not possible, as endnotes.

More information on writing for Ideas for Growth can be found in the downloadable IGC Style Guide below:


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