Migration & Resettlement
Over the last 5 years, Migration due to war and conflict in various location has been a persistent humanitarian crisis which the world at large is still grappling to contain. Migration is one of IPAG’s core focus areas and the organization carries rigorous, in-depth research on the issue. To make the culmination of its research available to the wider audience, particularly those who have the ability to bring in positive change, IPAG advocates for the cause in well-respected, international media outlets and high-level academic and policymaking networks.
IPAG has actively advocated on issues of Refugee Resettlement and Migration Governance through its engagement with influential global and regional knowledge networks. As a member of the Think Tank T20 network for 2017 G20 Meeting in Germany, IPAG actively pursued the issues of Global Migration Governance and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. As a member of the Migration Taskforce for Think 20 2017 Process, IPAG attended workshops and high-level meetings and discussions.
As a member of the Taskforce, IPAG published a Policy Brief on ‘Reforming the Migration Governance System’ at G20 Insights website. The brief shed light on why the ‘G20 countries should assume leadership of the ongoing forced migration crisis and mitigate the deficiencies of the existing governance system.’ The Policy Brief was submitted as part of the expert recommendation for the G20 Leaders for the 2017 G20 Leaders Summit at Hamburg, Germany. To continue its contribution to the T20 Forum, IPAG has also been invited to become member of the T20 2018 Task Force on Migration under the Argentinian Presidency for the year 2018.
IPAG has made intelligent use of well respected & mainstream international media outlets to take issues relating to migration beyond the confines of in-house publications to reach greater international audience, both regionally and globally, to influence global opinions & perceptions. IPAG regularly publishes commentaries on the issues in Project Syndicate, World Economic Forum, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times and Hindu on issues pertaining International and Regional Forced Migration & Resettlement. IPAG has also been invited several times by well-respected media outlets like BBC to provide its expert opinion on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.
Sustainable Development, SDGs, and Green Growth
IPAG’s is on the lookout as to how to make economic growth more sustainable and inclusive. The in-house research team through collaboration with international partners have conducted research in the area of propelling Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. IPAG envisages to make sustainable development more participatory by bringing in top-notch experts, influential policymakers, innovators, and development actors in a single engagement platform to find innovative solutions for a more sustainable future. IPAG conducted a Seminar titled ‘Towards Sustainable Development: Lessons from MDGs & Pathway for SDGs’, in New York, US in 2017 where IPAG brought together leading policy makers, think tanks, development partners, development economists, , academics, researchers and to conduct thought- provoking and animated discussions on the SDGs.
The SDGs will require $3-5 trillion out of a global GDP of approximately $115 trillion, with a funding gap of $2.5 trillion expected to be borne out by the private sector. IPAG in partnership with UN’s SDG Philanthropy Platform, a vehicle for catalyzing multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the global Sustainable Development Agenda, and our other partners are in talks on ways to improvise SDG Financing Mechanism by bringing in the private sector under the Multi Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) platform in South Asia and the MENA Region.
As part of its work on MSPs for SDGs, IPAG has been invited to be a member of the SDGs Global Council launched during the World Government Summit 2018, in Dubai in collaboration with the UN, World Bank, OECD and supported by the Dubai Government. It is an interdisciplinary network of decision makers from governments, international organizations, academia, and private-sector across different countries sharing innovative practices and the creative implementation of the SDGs at the national and global levels. The Council hosts key leaders from international organizations, as well as a number of ministers and private sector leaders from around the world engaged in the implementation of the SDGs. IPAG is on a fast track career spree to have earned the confidence and trust of such important global stakeholders within such a short time.
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Producing applicable research and commentary and facilitating knowledge sharing among stakeholders on issues relating to power and energy has been one of IPAG’s core focus areas. In the last two years, IPAG has published four books on multiple aspects of the Regional and International Power and Energy Sector and have co-hosted and attended several conferences and seminars on issues relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and regional energy cooperation. IPAG’s knowledge partners among other include McKinsey & Co. Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Stanford University, Oxford Energy Institute, Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS).
IPAG joined the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) for two years in a row to organize a Training and Capacity Building Program Energy for Regional Integration in South Asia. As part of its commitment and substantial research to move forward regional energy cooperation, IPAG is frequently invited to seminal workshops and seminars to present their findings on Energy Efficiency, Regional Energy Cooperation and Sustainable Energy Transition.
Regional Cooperation & Integration
IPAG has developed a robust regional studies program through conducting evidence based and policy driven, in-house research on emerging and established regional organizations and blocs particularly from South & South East Asia and China.
Discoursing on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) initiative has been one of IPAG’s core focus areas since 2015. IPAG has presented paper on Investment Cooperation in the BCIM Region, Analysis of Prospects and Challenges for Cross-border Infrastructure Cooperation in the BCIM and Value Chain Integration in the BCIM Region at the Regional Interconnection Conference organized by the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP).
IPAG and IWEP under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) jointly organized a seminar to celebrate the four decades of friendship and cooperation between China and Bangladesh. The conference highlighted the potential and prospects, problems and constraints, and recommendations for taking forward the cooperation especially in trade, investment, and sustainable development in South Asia. At the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, IPAG spoke on ‘Anticipating Risk in the ASEAN Region’ and spoke on how emerging technology and changing rule of geopolitics may pose risk for the ASEAN region.
IPAG presented the COLD Model (Connect, Organize, Learn, and Develop) at the Conference on South-South Cooperation in New Delhi India. IPAG’s proposition of the COLD model was much appreciated and mentioned at the valedictory speech of the conference. IPAG participated at the South Asia Economic Conclave organized by Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, India where IPAG spoke on the Way Forward for Youth. IPAG also organizes the Annual Dialogue Series on Bangladesh-India Relations where eminent experts from Bangladesh and India speak on bilateral issues relating to trade, connectivity and security. IPAG presented the keynote paper at the Policy Maker’s Forum for the Chief Ministers and MPs of North Eastern States of India at the 3rd North East Connectivity Summit in 2017 organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) IPAG team made recommendation on boosting the connectivity with North East India and its neighboring countries.
Security & Strategic Affairs
The world is undergoing unprecedented changes through economic transformation, information and communication technologies, emergence of non-state security threats, and realignments in international relations. IPAG produces timely and relevant research and insights on important international and strategic issues in collaboration with its global partners. To communicate its research findings to relevant policymakers and change mobilizers, IPAG recurrently attends high level political and security forums like the IISS Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore and the Xiangshan Forum in China – the two flagship and seminal security gatherings in Asia. At the 2016 Xiangshan Forum, IPAG spoke on ‘Latest Developments in Terrorism and Creative Approaches to Cooperation.’ IPAG was also invited to speak at the 10th IDSA South Asia Conference: Strengthening Connectivity in South Asia, organized by Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), where IPAG presented on ‘Connectivity in South Asia: Opportunities, Potentials & Challenges’ and ‘Towards an Integrated South Asia’.
Technology, Innovation & FIR
Technology is today at the forefront of every industry and cuts across every socio-economic sphere in all regions. IPAG carefully inspects the technology-society-economy nexus by conducting in-house research and analysis. IPAG analyzes how cutting edge technology, mass digitalization, internet of things – all aspects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will shape the way human beings live and interact. From changing our economies, to government structures, soon technologies brought forth by the FIR will compel us to question what it means in this day and age to be human – queries IPAG envisages to find answers to through rigorous, futuristic analysis and pooling in the knowledge of experts on this subject matter. In partnership with ADBI, IPAG is set to organize a Dialogue this year among Stakeholders on How FIR is set to Reshape Asia.
Governance & Leadership
Poor governance and lack of responsible leadership is a persistent issue in most developing regions. Development efforts in many struggling economies suffer the most due to lack of adequate governance mechanism and dearth of suitable leadership. IPAG understands that poor governance underscores all development efforts by both national governments and the international community. Improving governance and improving the state of leadership will bear multifold benefits for regions struggling with corruption, poor public service, stunted growth and poor utilization of resources. IPAG conducts research and analysis on the interplay between Good Governance and Able Leadership and how the two often bears the most consequence for majority of development challenges around the world. IPAG conducted training & capacity building sessions for the senior officers, law enforcers, and intelligence community from the South Asian countries at an international training program. SAARC member countries sent their concerned police officers in the rank of SP to attend the course. The objective of this event was to combat transnational crimes in the SAARC region, maximize cooperation between SAARC police etc.