Research Themes

The IGC's research focuses on four main themes: State, Firms, Cities, and Energy. These themes were chosen as they are the most critical areas for ensuring the continued growth of these developing countries in the future.

  • State

    At the centre of poverty reduction efforts must be an effective state. Increasing the resources and capabilities of states is critical for inclusive growth.

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  • Firms

    Productive firms and functioning markets form the core of economic activity. For developing economies to grow, so must the capabilities of their businesses and...

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  • Cities

    Currently emerging cities have the potential to be either the greatest drivers of growth or the largest  missed opportunity for developing countries.

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  • Energy

    More than a billion people still live without access to reliable and affordable energy. The impact of climate change and pollution require adaptation and mitigation...

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Apply for funding

We hold a regular call for proposals across our four research themes: Firms, trade, and productivity; State effectiveness; Energy and environment; and Cities. The IGC strongly encourages proposals for research projects implemented in any of our partner or flexible engagement countries in Africa and South Asia.

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