In addition to their technical and thematic expertise, research staff at the Institute have knowledge of different regions and countries. This knowledge forms a pool of interdisciplinary expertise that spans different programmes and topics, and is focused on the following regions: international cooperation with Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America. Each regional site lists research contacts and provides more information on publications, current projects, events, research partnerships, networks and sector networks in and with the regions concerned.
The Institute also places particular emphasis on supra-regional knowledge production and evidence-based policy recommendations with emerging economies from the global South, and on cooperation between the G20 and Africa. To this end, a T20 Africa Standing Group was set up at the Institute’s initiative as part of Think T20 in May 2017. The network comprises over 30 leading think tanks from Africa and the G20 countries.