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CeSPI, the Centre for Studies in International Policies, is an independent non-profit organisation established in 1985 which conducts policy-oriented studies and research. Among its founders the President of the Italian Republic, Mr Giorgio Napolitano, who was a member of CeSPI’s Board of Chairmen until a few years ago. Its headquarter is in Rome, in an ancient building of the city centre.
The Centre carries out research, consultancy, training and information dissemination activities with respect to certain key international relations issues.
More specifically, CeSPI focuses mainly on its four well-established research areas:

  • International cooperation and development finance: monitoring and impact evaluation;
  • Decentralised cooperation, territorial partnerships and local development;
  • Economic Citizenship of Migrants;
  • Human mobility, transnationalism and co-development;

Among the geographical areas that are of major interest to Italy, CeSPI particularly concentrates its research on Latin America, Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and sub-Saharan Africa. From a planning perspective, the Centre’s research programmes and activities are based on cross-disciplinary exchange and on collaboration between different experts, with the aim of identifying the growing interdependencies between the various aspects of international relations Within CeSPI’s research activity, the empirical inquiry component plays a fundamental role. Indeed, field research is carried out in a number of emerging and developing countries. Special attention is paid to emerging actors in the field of international relations, such as sub-national governments, the business world and NGOs.

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The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is an economic policy institute supporting the long-term growth of African countries through economic transformation. To ACET, economic transformation is growth with DEPTH: diversified production, export competitiveness, prooductivity gains in firms and on farms, technological upgrading throughout the economy, and increases across the board in human well-being. To accomplish this mission, ACET works in three interlocking areas: 

  • Analysis. The center examines African countries through a unique framework for economic transformation, drawing lessons from Asia and other fast-transforming regions. The first African Transformation Report, to be released in 2014, includes 15 country case studies produced in partnership with domestic think tanks in the respective countries, 10 industry studies, and in-depth studies of 3 drivers of transformation.
  • Advice. To bring ideas to life, ACET works directly with African governments in planning and implementing policies. These governments have included those of Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Zambia.
  • Advocacy. Since 2008, ACET has championed the transformation agenda with relevant governments and on the international arena. And ACET frequently convenes decision makers and implementers to share ideas and experiences for making transformation happen. 

Headquartered in Accra, the center keeps a core staff of about 30 from every sub-region of the continent, augmented by a global network of seasoned business leaders and development experts, and guided by a distinguished Board that includes CEOs, former heads of state, and central bank governors.  

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