Originally posted on on think tanks:
Andrea Ordóñez, from Grupo FARO writes about why and how southern think tanks can get involved in the discussion of the global development agendas by reflecting on the last IMF/WBG meeting. It follows an initiative by southern think tanks to affect the post2015 debate. This is her first post as a new contributor to On Think Tanks.
Last month took place the 2012 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG). Within an extensive agenda of topics, the Program of Seminars joint a wide range of leaders to discuss global issues such as the current crisis, the management of natural resources and the development agenda beyond 2015. The meetings also included the Civil Society Policy Forum, a series of panels organised by the multilaterals or Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to discuss an even wider range of social, economic and governance issues.
In this context, the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) organised a panel in which I participated, sharing research on the work influencing policy that think tanks in the south carry out. Besides participating in the panel, I had the opportunity of attending a variety of conferences and getting a general impression of where the global agenda is heading. My main questions during the event were: Do think tanks participate in these events? Is there any value for southern think tanks to participate (both for their own agendas as for the events and participants)?