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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26 October 2020

The purpose of business is solidarity and sustainability

On October 26-27, 2020 the B20 Summit Saudi Arabia is taking place. Global Solutions Secretary General Dr. Markus Engels comments on how business goals must continuously be realigned to assure that the economy serves all in society, not just shareholders.

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20 October 2020

UN Global Dialogue Initiative: Young Voices on the Future of Multilateralism

The  Global Solutions Initiative and 1014 are hosting a unique event on the future of multilateralism. Youth advocates from around the world will take part

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12 October 2020

Social Cohesion and the State: A Comment on the Webinar of Task Force 4 of the T20 2020

Recoupling Dashboard co-author Katharina Lima de Miranda reflects on the Webinar of Task Force 4 of the Think20 2020.

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Hello #Asia! We invite you to our first #ValueBalancing Alliance event in #Korea.
We will talk about the efforts of global businesses to standardize the #ESG measurement on 28. October, 9-10 am (CET)//16-18 (GMT +9)
Speakers and dial in details here:

As the @b20 Summit is taking place, #GlobalSolutions Sec. General Markus Engels comments on the recommendations by #G20 business representatives, appealing for #solidarity & #sustainability #beyondGDP. https://www.global-solutions-initiative.org/press-news/the-purpose-of-business-is-solidarity-and-sustainability/#recoupling @PwC @valuebalancing @BASF @Bob_Moritz

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