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About Us

Why Artha Global

Our work focuses on the structural transitions that developing countries must undergo in order to achieve sustainable and inclusive development. These economic, spatial, social and technological transitions can be broadly summarised as the move from rural to urban, informal to formal and analogue to digital, all taking place against the backdrop of imperatives such as the need to address climate change, gender equity, data privacy and future shocks like the pandemic.

Our Approach – GovStack

We provide actionable research and advisory to support policy implementation and institutionalisation. We also create convening platforms to help conceptualise new development agendas, build consensus and create cross-sectoral coalitions amongst our partners in government, business, academia, philanthropy and civil society. Our approach comprises four layers:

  • Research and Analytics: We conduct rigorous research that allows us to parse symptoms from underlying causes. Our research tends to be interdisciplinary and our analytical toolkit includes geospatial mapping, surveys, data science solutions, and behavioural science.
  • Implementation Support: We embed teams within government to support policy implementation, besides organising training programmes to institutionalise change.
  • Strategic Communications: Our convenings help surface new agendas for government, build consensus and create cross-sectoral coalitions around emerging ideas.
  • Interdisciplinary Networks: Our convenings help surface new agendas for government, build consensus and create cross-sectoral coalitions around emerging ideas.

The majority of our work is directly with government. We provide in-depth, actionable research and recommendations that are grounded in a contextual understanding of the political economy of execution. Our recommendations build on a solid foundation of evidence-based research. We use this to parse symptoms from the disease, to get to the “what” of diagnosing problems correctly and developing appropriate solutions. Yet, our unique value is that we are willing to go beyond these ‘what’ and ‘why’ questions, and focus on the ‘how to implement’ questions. In doing so, we aim to plug the transmission gap between ‘policy/intent' and ‘execution/implementation’, which is a standard feature in most developing economies. In addition, we believe think tanks have a crucial role to play in fostering informed public dialogue. We curate and convene stakeholder consultations that include not only policymakers, but also members of the business community, academia, civil society, philanthropy and the media, to discuss some of the most pressing development challenges.