SET is working with international and local partners in various regions and countries on economic transformation.

Growth Dialogue Institute

The Growth Dialogue, established in 2010 with government support, and the Growth Dialogue Institute, were established in 2014 with corporate support. They seek to connect high level policymakers and thought leaders with those whose policy decisions can benefit from practical experience and the latest work on economic growth.


Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centres for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way they understand the world.


International Food Policy Research Institute

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 500 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of the CGIAR Consortium, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development. The SET programme has been working with IFPRI experts Danny Leipziger, Dani Rodrik, Maggie McMillan and John Page.


African Center for Economic Transformation

The African Center for Economic Transformation is an economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation. In research, ACET seeks to investigate the drivers of economic transformation; examine the progress, platform, and prospects for transformation for African countries; and identify each country’s most promising pathways to transformation. Bringing an authentic African perspective, their staff comprises of economists, researchers, policy analysts, management consultants, and extractive industries experts based in their headquarters in Accra.


Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

The Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) is a non-profit think tank that conducts independent, high quality applied research on economic policy issues in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. CSEA was established in 2008 by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance. CSEA’s strategic location in Abuja enables the Centre to serve as a forum for policy dialogue by stakeholders from the government, national assembly, private sector, civil society and the media. CSEA’s mission is to enhance development outcomes in Africa through evidence-based research.



REPOA was formed in 1994 in Tanzania with the mandate to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in its multiple dimensions through research and capacity building. Over time, REPOA’s mandate has expanded beyond alleviating poverty to encompass growth and socio-economic transformation for poverty reduction. Their mission is to be a leading research institution in the production of knowledge that will contribute to improving the lives of people in Tanzania.

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The Economic and Social Research Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent, not-for-profit institution for research and policy analysis. The formation of ESRF was based on the assumption that there was need and demand for an improved understanding of policy options and development management issues, and that the capacity for this was lacking in the Tanzania civil service. ESRF addressed this gap by putting into place qualified Professional Staff, modest resources and a favourable research environment for the analysis and discussion of economic and social policy. The primary objectives of the Foundation are to strengthen capabilities in policy analysis and development management and to enhance the understanding of policy options in the government, the public sector, civil society, and the donor community and the growing private sector.



The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major international initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission comprises former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics and business. The New Climate Economy is the Commission’s flagship project. It provides independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.