International Growth Centre (IGC)
The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.
The IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia and works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. Based at LSE and in partnership with the University of Oxford, the IGC is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Fundamentally, the IGC model is based on the recognition that building effective growth policies in developing countries requires more than imported solutions. Countries face a range of challenges that require new thinking, new evidence and a flow of new ideas.
The IGC uses an innovative ‘co-generation’ approach – enabling policymakers and researchers to jointly set research agendas and to work collaboratively as research progresses. Embedded country teams work with policymakers to determine key growth challenges and identify country priorities. These demands form the backbone of the IGC’s global research agenda, which focuses on four key drivers of growth: state effectiveness, productive firms, liveable cities, and reliable energy access.
Engaging policy stakeholders from the beginning ensures that demand-led research feeds directly into policymaking. Co-generation acknowledges the importance of policymakers not only as decision-makers and implementers, but as knowledge creators. This approach is guided by the principle that research can best inform policy decisions when it is conceived, developed, and embedded within local policy contexts.
Building on this foundation of in-country engagement, the IGC hosts a series of high-profile global and regional events throughout the year to facilitate engagement between policymakers and researchers to help shape research and policy agendas in their partner countries and globally.