IDDRI’s capacity for research and influence is centred on a multidisciplinary team and a wide network of scientific partners, expertise and influence in France, Europe and internationally
Initiative for Development and Global Governance
Since 2008, IDDRI has been associated with FERDI (Fondation pour les études sur le dévelopment international—Foundation for studies and research on international development) through 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 since 2011 has also included CERDI (Centre d’étude et de researches sur le développement international - Centre for Study and Research on International Development) was awarded the Laboratoire d’excellence (Laboratory of Excellence) label, confirmed in 2015 by an international assessment that stressed 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.
Strategic partnership with Sciences Po
One of IDDRI’s important 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 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.
Networks of think tanks and influence
IDDRI works in partnership with networks of think tanks positioned within key fora on global governance and public policy.
In particular, IDDRI is an active contributor to the T20, the think tank network for the G20 countries. Under German presidency in 2017, the T20 contributed to defining the main themes of the G20 agenda, under the coordination of GDI, especially on climate issues and SDG implementation.
Europe faces not only major responsibilities in the implementation of international sustainable development commitments, but also critical internal deadlines. The European think tanks have formed partnerships in order to participate in key debates for Europe and its role in the world, working jointly with the EU institutions and in debates within the Member States.
IDDRI is thus a member of the European Think Tank Group, which includes the main European development think tanks (ODI in London, GDI in Bonn, ECDPM in Maastricht and Brussels, IAI in Rome, and IDDRI in Paris), and works in partnership with several major think tanks on environment and sustainable development issues (IEEP in Brussels, SEI in Stockholm and Tallin, IASS in Potsdam, Ecologic in Berlin, BC3 in Bilbao, and Climate Strategies and E3G in London).
IDDRI is involved in discussions on sustainable development policies between Europe and the emerging countries.
In particular, IDDRI works to this end with several Chinese think tanks: NCSC on climate policy and negotiations, CAEP on environmental policy, PRCEE on biodiversity negotiations, 3E on energy and environment at Tsinghua, CCIEE on globalisation and the Belt and Road Initiative, CIMA on oceans, and the International Institute of Green Finance and SIC on macro-economic change.
Thematic multi-stakeholder networks
IDDRI develops partnerships with other stakeholders in the debate in order to increase its capacity to act, in specific ways depending on the subject. These types of stakeholders are presented, just like research partners, in the “partners” section for each project.
For example, on oceans, in preparation for the PROG Forum, and on biodiversity, ahead of the negotiations on the new post-2020 international framework, IDDRI is working in partnership with IUCN, FRB, AFB, the Rethinking Biodiversity Governance network, the Cambridge scientific hub on biodiversity, UN Environment, IASS, IOC UNESCO, and with the regional seas conventions (Abidjan, Nairobi, South Pacific).
Moreover, IDDRI is proactively developing “multi-domestic” networks, to observe and analyse changes in societies in a wide range of national contexts, as well as to enable the emergence and consolidation of capacities to participate in policy debates in these different countries. This is the case, for example, of the networks created through the DDPP and ATPI projects on the development of long-term transformation strategies (respectively on energy and agriculture).