Our work

Research Strategy

IPC-IG's research is rigorous and cross-disciplinary. It brings together economists, demographers, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and experts in the field of international relations with the common goal of fighting poverty and reducing inequality. The research programmes are complementary in nature and designed to reach a wide audience through research, training programmes, advisory services and fellowships, and by supporting knowledge-based networks.

South-South Dialogue

IPC-IG contributes significantly to the promotion of South-South dialogue through a number of activities, such as: i) Sharing innovative policy experiences in the South; ii) Supporting capacity building of policymakers, development practitioners and UN specialists through a series of training programmes; iii) Hosting government representatives and scholars from developing countries; iv) Organising Study Tours; v) Networking with governments in the South.

Areas of Work

Area 1: Social Protection

  • Design and Impact Evaluations of Social Protection Programmes in Developing Countries;
  • Analysis of Food Security and Support for Smallholder Farmers.

Area 2: Population and Social Policies

  • Human Settlement, Social Groups and Equity;
  • Living Standards and M&E of Poverty Reduction Strategies.

Area 3: South-South Learning – Knowledge Management and Sharing

  • Organization of Study Visits and International Seminars on South-South Learning;
  • Development of National Evaluation Capacities;
  • Online Platforms and Forums;
  • Engagement and advocacy strategies;
  • Internship and Fellowship programmes.

Ongoing Projects

In 2019, the IPC-IG completes 15 years of work. Since its foundation in 2004, the Centre has been working to meet the requests of countries of the South, as well as developing and providing country-and-context-specific solutions frame around the three pillars: knowlede production, knowledge sharing and capacity strengthening. Solutions have been developed together with policymakers and experts, empowering and strengthening both human and institutional capacities and resources.  

In 2018, the Centre undertook 24 projects in Angola, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, and the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These projects are being carried out in close collaboration with Brazilian and international donors and partners, including: the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); the World Food Programme (WFP); the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government (DFAT); the German Corporation for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeiz—GIZ GmbH), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Fundación Espacio Público; Nike, Inc.; the French Development Agency (AfD); the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF); the EU Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS), and the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B).

On Knowledge Production
  • Studies on Brazil’s challenges for 2018 and 2019: produce studies, methodologies, and software on the following topics: the reform of state and municipal social security systems; the distributive impact of pension reforms; the long-term impact of pension reforms on economic growth; the chaotic judicialisation of public policies; the social impact of the opening of the economy; and Brazilian cooperation as a form of ‘soft power’ that allows to rescale the country’s external relations;
  • Climate Change Expenditures in Brazil: support the Brazilian government’s endeavours related to the identification, classification and transparency of national public financing on climate change;


On Knowledge sharing
  • Social Protection Knowledge Sharing Gateway: facilitate knowledge-sharing, capacity-building, and collaboration on social protection policies among governments, research centres, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and other interested parties;

On Capacity Strenghthening 


 For more information on our projects, read IPC-IG 2018 Activity Report, and previously launched reports.


Ever since its creation in 2004, the IPC-IG has disseminated over 1.700 policy-oriented research publications that provide useful insights on various issues related to inclusive growth strategies. The number of downloads has reached more than 7.6 million  over 179 countries.
It has established and consolidated a global network that reaches out to selected stakeholders working in areas related to its thematic focus at government level and in academia, the United Nations and civil society organisations. IPC-IG’s training sessions, workshops and study tours have already involved more than 7,000 representatives of around 50 developing countries
Updated: February, 2019