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

Policy Advice


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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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)




Measuring what you treasure: The Recoupling Dashboard

To stop the fragmentation of societies and to shape a sustainable economy, we require more than GDP and more than shareholder value as guides for governments and businesses. Measuring wellbeing must also take into consideration social solidarity and personal agency, as well as environmental sustainability.

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Global Solutions Summit 2019

From United Nations to United Societies

With Saudi Arabia taking over the G20-presidency in December 2019, an Arabic nation is leading the intergovernmental body for the first time. In a commentary Dennis Snower looks back on the Japanese presidency, looks forward to the upcoming, and highlights successes and challenges for multilateralism.

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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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Agency and solidarity are fundamental human needs, alongside the need to consume goods services and to live in a sustainable environment. We require all these things, not just GDP. The wellbeing dashboard helps us assess how we are doing on all these fronts. https://twitter.com/dw_business/status/1230751758781177856

In an interview with @business, @DJSnower speaks to the rise of #populism resulting from a sense of disempowerment. He illustrates that solidarity & agency are crucial for the wellbeing of societies. #Recoupling https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2020-02-20/snower-social-solidarity-is-more-important-than-gdp

"Humanity needs a new understanding of prosperity based on a comprehensive definition of human needs", write @DJSnower and Katharina Lima de Miranda @IfW in @GlobalPerspJnl @UCPress, introducing the #Recoupling Dashboard as a new assessment of wellbeing. https://www.ucpress.edu/blog/49347/recoupling-economic-and-social-prosperity/

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