Who We Are

The Global Solutions Initiative is a global collaborative enterprise to propose 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 and is a stepping stone to the T20 and G20 Summits. Read more about the Global Solutions Initiative’s Vision & Mission.

Policy Advice


Toward global paradigm change

To make progess recoupling our economic, political and social domains, we need to go back to basics and inquire how humanity has managed to perform massive acts of cooperation in the past. Read more

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative


Quality infrastructure investment: Ways to increase the rate of return for infrastructure investments

This paper points out the importance of high-quality infrastructure investment where quality is measured by how much economic and social value can be created by infrastructure projects in a region. Read more

S. Lakhia (ADBI), N. Hendriyetty (ADBI), N. Yoshino (ADBI)


Reinvigorating the WTO as a negotiating forum

The multilateral trading system is on the verge of a crisis arising from, among others, the dysfunction of the WTO as a forum for trade liberalization and trade-related rule-making. Read more

D. Laborde (IFPRI), A. Freytag (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena), et al.



Think20 Saudi Arabia Inception Conference

The Saudi Think20 Secretariat will host the Think20 Saudi Arabia Inception Conference on January 19-20, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Global Solutions Fellows program is launched

Four renowned researchers and policy advisors are the first to join the new Global Solutions Fellows program.

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Japan’s G20 policy proposals provide early look at global priorities

Dozens of policy proposals generated by international think tanks involved in Think20 Japan are now available on G20 Insights platform. These proposals will be developed further on the road to G20 Saudi Arabia.

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German Chancellor Angela #Merkel met African leaders as part of the development project #CompactwithAfrica. Read more about #CwA, which aims to support sustainable development via #G20-Insights @AcetforAfrica @AfDB_Group -> https://www.g20-insights.org/policy_briefs/g20-compact-with-africa/

“In the face of growing populism,we must learn from the obvious flaws of neoliberalism & open our minds & hearts to new approaches in which social, societal & economic needs are seen as part of a whole,“explains Markus Engels #GlobalSolutions @Tagesspiegel https://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/wer-hat-schuld-am-populismus-die-wachsende-kritik-am-liberalismus-ist-gefaehrlich/25238208.html

Markus Engels, Secretary General of the #GlobalSolutions Initiative, analyzes factors that led to the global rise of populism and posits that growing criticism of liberalism is setting a dangerous precedent. Via @Tagesspiegel (German) https://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/wer-hat-schuld-am-populismus-die-wachsende-kritik-am-liberalismus-ist-gefaehrlich/25238208.html

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