IDDRI’s capacity for action and influence is centred on alliances and expert networks that increase its impact within international processes and national debates in strategic countries, and enhance its capacity to observe and analyse the variety of sustainable development pathways in different national contexts.

The Initiative for Development and Global Governance (IDGM) and the Strategic Partnership with Sciences Po

Since 2008, IDDRI has been associated with FERDI (Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international – Foundation for studies and research on international development) within the IDGM (Initiative for Development and Global Governance), and is at the interface of the leading networks and experts on development economics and sustainable development.

This initiative, which has also involved CERDI (Centre d’étude et recherches sur le développement international - Centre for studies and research on international development) since 2011, was awarded the “Laboratoire d’excellence” label. This was confirmed in 2015 by an international assessment highlighting that the three institutions are a reference in France in terms of their ability to use scientific research excellence to contribute to international policy debates.

>> IDGM website


One of IDDRI’s main specificities stems from its anchoring to Sciences Po as part of a strategic partnership established in 2007. IDDRI and Sciences Po share the same vision of the link between science and politics as a real focus for analysis and concrete action. Both institutions endeavour to ensure that the diversity of social science approaches – sociology, public action, international relations, economics, law – is reflected in their research and activities.

In addition to its involvement in educational programmes on international environmental issues, IDDRI develops its research collaborations with the various Sciences Po laboratories.

>> Sciences Po website

Networks of think tanks and influence

Through joint research, IDDRI has developed close relations with a number of think tanks working on environment and sustainable development issues, such as the Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Potsdam (Germany) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (United Kingdom).

In addition to environmental networks, through the IDGM, IDDRI has become a member of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) for development issues, together with ECDPM, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).


IDDRI has also forged active partnerships with international networks endowed with a high political exposure, thereby increasing the influence of its research and benefitting from its capacity for expert action and research network coordination, such as the Global Ocean Commission, which adopted IDDRI’s proposals on the high seas and offshore activities. IDDRI is also contributing to the work of the T20 (a network of think tanks from G20 countries) and the F20 (a network of philanthropic foundations) for the benefit of the G20.

Scientific partnerships

Supported by major French research institutes since its foundation (CNRS, INRA, CIRAD), IDDRI has continually been developing expert networks providing the capacity to coordinate large-scale European research projects.

IDDRI is also part of international research networks: the Earth System Governance network, for example, links IDDRI to the leading specialists in international relations for global environmental governance.

Finally, IDDRI is developing research networks at the international level to put itself in a position to observe and analyse changes in societies and development models in different national contexts, as well as to generate and build capacities for participating in policy debates in these different countries. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project is one example of such networking.