Global Policy Project

Initiated by the Director of the Division of Global Affairs, Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud, in partnership with Dr. Ronald Jansen, the Division of Global Affairs is embarking on a project to develop graduate courses, new research, and new methodology in the fields of global governance and global policy.  The project focuses on integration in the areas of education, environment, economy (sustainable development and poverty eradication), gender equality, food security, and technology. On May 2, 2014 various Schools of Rutgers University and United Nations entities came together to discuss and develop the Global Policy Project.  This page is dedicated to providing resources and updates related to the project.

For further information on The Global Policy Project, contact project coordinator and researcher Lynette E. Sieger.


Jean-Marc Coicaud and Ibrahim Tahri

The current statistical picture of the world is probably the best it has ever been. But it also entails major limitations. In this article we show the limitations by focusing on three key areas: security, economy of development and the environment, and argue that they undermine the performance of global governance, and the possibility of global policy. In particular they do not allow taking the full measure and managing optimally the changes underway at the global level. To overcome this state of affairs, upgrading statistical capabilities is critical. To achieve this objective, the article suggests, among other ideas: adjusting and adapting the conceptualization, collection and implementation of statistical data to a world that is on its way to becoming global; improving the conditions of compilation of statistical data in developing countries; and investing in institution-building and innovation, in developed and developing countries, and in national and international organizations.

Policy Implications

  • Optimizing policy and management in a world partially or fully globalized calls for the need to adjust data that is ‘part and parcel’ of public policy.
  • It is necessary to continue to improve the modalities of compilation of statistical data. Hence, making more efforts for standardization and helping support further developing countries to collect data.
  • The need to invest in institution-building and innovation, in developed and developing countries, and in national and international organizations. This entails improving the ways in which data professionals are trained, conduct research and then exercise their profession.
  • Increase the level of transparency of data conceptualization, production and dissemination in order to address the growing problem of lack of trust, especially in the financial and economic areas following the mismanagement of information in the context of the 2008 economic crisis.

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  • Hunger Indicators: Problems and Promises

Sonam Tashi

The Millennium Development Goals indicators 1.8 and 1.9 are the numbers used to measure hunger, a condition that affects one in eight people. These indicators have a powerful influence over millions of vulnerable individuals by shaping policy creation, implementation and evaluation. This paper argues for a careful cost-benefit analysis in reshaping future hunger indicators taking into consideration both the strengths and weaknesses of the current indicators. It cautions against prematurely dismissing the indicators noting their successes in galvanizing attention and cooperation from a variety of actors.  The paper also emphasizes the weaknesses of the indicators in neglecting the multi-dimensionality of hunger, especially social and structural causes and linkages.  By overlooking the multi-dimensionality of hunger, the indicators overlook vulnerable sections of the populations that they were designed to support and ignore potentially more efficient policies.  The cases of Ghana and Brazil are used to provide concrete examples of the analysis provided and the conclusion briefly explores new frontiers of data collection.

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  • Conversations: Global Public Policy Panel on Evaluation

Jean-Marc Coicaud, Chandi Kadirgamar, Rahul SurJuha Uitto

Division of Global Affairs Director, Jean-Marc Coicaud, and regular visiting Professors of Global Practice, Juha Uitto and Rahul Sur, participated in a panel (which included Chandi Kadirgamar) on global public policy.  Participants focused on the issues of monitoring and evaluation in international development.  The conversation built on the panelists experiences as academicians and global public policy practitioners and evaluators in the fields of development, environment, and peace operations.

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  •  Capitalism of the 21st Century Wealthy Elites and Economic Democracy

Andrés Solimano

Dr. Andrés Solimano, Chairman of the International Center for Globalization and Development, Santiago, Chile lectures on Capitalism of the 21st Century Wealthy Elites and Economic Democracy. Topics covered include sustainable economic development, growing global inequalities, and capitalism.

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