Who We Are

The Global Solutions Initiative is a global collaborative enterprise that proposes policy responses to major global problems, addressed by the G20, the G7 and other global governance fora. The policy recommendations and strategic visions are generated through a disciplined research program by leading research organizations, elaborated in policy dialogues between researchers, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives.

The Global Solutions Initiative was founded during the 2017 German G20 Presidency. Since then, the Global Solutions Initiative supports the Think20 process for think tanks. Read more about the Global Solutions Initiative’s Vision & Mission.

The Global Solutions Initiative is primarily funded by major German foundations and public institutions. Please find a complete list of our partners here. Funds are mainly used to support independent research serving the G20’s global public interest.

Policy Advice


Revisiting Digital Governance

This paper summarizes an array of problems associated with the current digital governance, which ultimately threaten the continued functioning of our economic market systems, undermine our democratic processes, and degrade the cohesion of our societies. The central claim of the paper is that the benefits of the current system can be retained, while the problems can be overcame substantially through three insights.

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative), P. Twomey (Center for International Governance Innovation), M. Farrell

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The Socioeconomics of Pandemics Policy

To encourage people around the world to cooperate globally in tackling global problems, policymakers at local, national and global levels will need to encourage people around the world to cooperate globally in tackling global problems, with the aid of two powerful tools that humans throughout history have used to coordinate their efforts: identity-shaping narratives and institutions of multi-level governance. Read more.

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative)


Measuring what you treasure: The Recoupling Dashboard

To stop fragmentation among societies and to ensure economic activities are carried out sustainably, the use of GDP as an indicator of prosperity is no longer enough. 

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative), K. Lima de Miranda (IfW Kiel)

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30 November 2020

Italy’s G20: Priorities and challenges of a crucial year

Paolo Magri, T20 Chair under the Italian Presidency 2021 and Executive Vice President at ISPI, looks ahead to the G20 under the Italian Presidency and reflects on “people, planet, and prosperity”, the keywords chosen by the Italian government for its Presidency of the G20 in 2021.

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19 November 2020

G20 Engagement Group Brief

Through the Top 20 Synthesis Recommendations, the G20 Research Group and the Global Solutions Initiative provided a brief that seeks to support the Saudi Arabian G20 Presidency 2020 by highlighting major policy proposals generated by the G20 Engagement Groups.  

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12 November 2020

A new course for digital governance

In this interview with Die Zeit, Global Solutions Initiative President Dennis Snower explains why the digital system is headed in the wrong direction. Full control of personal data for all and a real market economy in the digital space are urgently needed.

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Reversing the degradation of the ecosystem: A critical consideration of the UN restoration goals. With GSI president @DJSnower, @FrediOtto & Xiaofan Yang
Series theme “restoration”, between academics and policymakers.

It’s time for a paradigm shift in companies: from profit maximization to value optimization. An alliance of global companies have tested a common method to account for impacts on nature & society. Curious how? Here's our paper: #lab4futureaccounting

We are proud to announce that our president @DJSnower is the co-chair of this year's #T20 Task Force for Social Cohesion and the Future of Welfare Systems.
Think20, the #G20 ideas bank, brings together leading think tanks and research centers worldwide.

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