The 2019 edition of The Global Competitiveness Report series, first launched in 1979, features the Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 (GCI 4.0). As the decade concludes and we look towards the dawn of the 2020s, the GCI 4.0 offers insights into the economic prospects of 141 economies. Drawing on these results, the report provides leads to unlock economic growth, which remains crucial for improving living standards. In addition, in a special thematic chapter, the report explores the relationship between competitiveness, shared prosperity and environmental sustainability, showing that there is no inherent trade-off between building competitiveness, creating more equitable societies that provide opportunity for all and transitioning to environmentally sustainable systems. However, for a new inclusive and sustainable system, bold leadership and proactive policy-making will be needed, often in areas where economists and public policy professionals cannot provide evidence from the past. The report reviews emerging and promising ‘winwin’ policy options to achieve the three objectives of growth, inclusion and sustainability.
The Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-ACE) research programme supports 14 research projects around the world generating actionable evidence that policymakers, practitioners, and advocates can use to design and implement more effective anti-corruption initiatives.
The Centre for the Study of Corruption is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence for research, teaching and policy engagement on corruption and anti-corruption. The Centre is part of the University of Sussex.
We see it as our mission to design, test and promote a new generation of more effective anti-corruption and state-building programmes based on our research and grounded in the broader society, not just the government. We believe that the transition from a corrupt regime to a regime where ethical universalism is the norm is a political and not a technical-legal process, and that this process has to be driven by domestic actors who stand to lose from corruption. Identifying such actors, studying their strategies, and helping their process of learning and empowerment is what can lead to the sustainable building of good governance, regime based on ethical universalism.
At U4, we work to reduce the harmful impact of corruption on society. We share research and evidence to help international development actors get sustainable results.
We have studied how corruption threatens development outcomes since 2003. Together with global research networks and practitioners, we pursue emerging topics and advance the anti-corruption field. U4 is a permanent centre at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway. CMI is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research institute with social scientists specialising in development studies.