South-South Collaborative Research Programs

GDN’s Inter-regional Research Projects (IRPs) are a form of collaborative research that enable its Regional Network Partners (RNPs) to engage in ambitious projects on themes rooted in regional relevance.

The overall objective of the initiative is to encourage the exchange of expertise between researchers from different regions, diffuse knowledge across regional borders, foster South-South collaboration more broadly and develop long-term partnerships between researchers across regions.

Ongoing Inter-regional Research Project

Macro-economic Management and Economic Growth in the Pacific Islands and Caribbean Countries
This ongoing IRP (the third one in its series) is being conducted in the Caribbean and Pacific regions and is jointly led by the teams at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Oceania Development Network (ODN). The main objective of this project is to undertake specific studies that will be of relevance to policymakers, in terms of achieving macro-economic stability and growth in both regions.

Completed Inter-regional Research Projects 
(2009 – 2014)

Cross-Regional Dialogue on Macroeconomic Volatility and Regional Monetary and Fiscal Policies
The project supported by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is targeted towards strengthening research and policy links between Latin America, Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Through this project GDN envisaged a cooperation of research teams in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific region in undertaking research studies on issues of macroeconomic volatility, vulnerability and the construction of regional monetary and fiscal institutions.

In light of the growing challenges faced by small Pacific Islands and Caribbean countries and many small Latin American countries from external shocks and resulting internal volatilities, there is a policy dilemma in these regions on how to tackle macroeconomic instability and corresponding shocks to these vulnerable economies and societies. While vulnerabilities from macroeconomic volatility are faced by most small economies in the Latin America, Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific regions in varying degrees, some countries have shown more resilience to external shocks and the financial crisis, owing largely to strong fiscal and monetary policies and better market fundamentals. In this regard, it is important that these macroeconomic policy issues are first understood, in a comparative perspective, in terms of their dynamic effects on the economy and their spillover effects in the respective regions. Relevant and timely research can then help policy-makers in addressing these issues with specific and targeted policy intervention(s).

To know more about the project, click here

CITIES: An Analysis of the Post-Communist Experience
The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) and Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC) together led this IRP. This multidisciplinary project used the natural experiment of the move from the inherent ‘out-of-market equilibrium’ structure of cities in the post-communist world towards a more normal structure over the past 20 years, combined with a comparison to the historically determined development of comparable cities in the West. The aim was to gain insight into the important features of 21st century urban life.

The four broad research themes were City Growth, the Economics of Cities, the Sociology and Governance of Cities. Research teams in Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan examined trends in cities’ growth, as well as the economics, sociology and governance of cities under this project.

For the Cities project overview paper, click here.

Latin America and Africa: Cross-regional Dialogue on the Effects of Commodity Dependence
Under this project, three cross-country case studies on Copper (teams from Chile and Zambia), Oil (teams from Colombia and Nigeria) and Food Security (teams from Argentina and Malawi) were produced.

Over the past two decades, most African economies have shifted considerably from command-based to market-based structures through increased liberalization, contested politics and increasing participation of major stakeholders. Latin American economies have experienced similar changes over the period, with the strengthening of market and democratic institutions.

Additionally, both of these regions share the common feature of a high dependence on a few commodities. This IRP examined the many interesting questions associated with the role of commodities in development from a comparative perspective, using pairs of countries with similar abundances and/or dependencies, but with markedly different outcomes.

Comparative Case Study on Copper
Comparative Case Study on Oil
Comparative Case Study on Food Security


"I have personally benefited a lot from the current GDN funded project. Based on exposure and insight on policy, recently on 12th of August I presented Fiji economy survey paper in Fiji Economy Update; the response from policy makers, audience and media was overwhelming. In fact media covered me for almost two weeks; despite some professors presented they were not cited in the media. During the presentation and extensive discussion I was able to highlight some macroeconomic policy and volatility measures. I would therefore like to thank the GDN for the opportunity and training provided."

Baljeet Singh
Assistant Lecturer School of Economics,
University of South Pacific, Fiji