European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
The GPI is networking with EBRD to exchange knowledge and develop a new programme.
Following an introduction by the Chair of the Global Policy Institute’s Advisory Board, Dr Paola Subacchi, Queen Mary senior staff and academics have been involved in discussions with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) over the past several months, to consider how the University could support EBRD projects (through e.g. capacity building expertise) as well as the Bank’s international knowledge management activities through the EBRD Policy Academy.
The Queen Mary Global Policy Institute is able to fulfil for EBRD as a single, efficient point of contact and relationship management for the Bank in sourcing Queen Mary experts, supporting EBRD projects, and accelerating knowledge management and capacity building work in areas of shared interest. There are many points of convergence at the roundtable, in particular the following forms of potential collaboration:
- Drawing on Queen Mary’s expertise and experts to inform new EBRD Communities of Practice;
- Disruptive technologies and legal, business and societal implications, as Queen Mary is hosting the Alan Turing Institute on Data Science and AI;
- Anti-corruption expertise and training with Queen Mary’s Criminal Justice Centre;
- Energy and environmental law; green cities with Queen Mary’s Energy Law Institute;
- Refining assessment and diagnostics to benchmark and assess in-country environments and impact of interventions;
- Gender and equality with Queen Mary’s Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity;
- CCLS Commercial Law for Development;
- Distance learning capability.
Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Dean for International at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences was invited by EBRD to speak at the 2nd Seminar of the Competition Community of Practice, which is part of the Knowledge Management Initiative titled: Introducing the EBRD Competition Policy Indicators.
This project relates to the identification of new indicators that capture the quality of competition policy institutions and enforcement. Their construction should take into account the findings of all the relevant academic and policy literature dealing with optimal policy design in the context of developing jurisdictions. The indicators should combine quantitative and qualitative information, and should allow the identification of major gaps to be addressed through policy dialogue with different potential counterparts, including competition authorities, the judiciary and different ministries within the government.