The Initiative for Policy Dialogue was founded by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz in 2002 and is based at Columbia University. It 'works to broaden dialogue and explore trade-offs' between policymakers and academics. Their four main activity areas are: task forces which bring together experts, country dialogues, a journalism programme and education programme. It also publishes papers, The Journal of Globalization and Development, books and policy briefs.
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This research centre is based at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. It aims to "contribute to an improved understanding of the processes of sustainable development, institutions, conflict and poverty alleviation." Special areas of interest include commodity chains, conflict and reconstruction, and risk and rural livelihoods. Publications by the group can be viewed by going to individual staff pages.
This group has been formed by Boston Universitys Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and Latin American Studies Program, to study Latin American economics and development. A meeting was held in November 2010 and there are a number of interesting video clips from this event which featured a public symposium. Presenters include Prof Scott Palmer, Dr Ramon Espinasa and Prof Adil Najam. This could provide some topical teaching materials and different viewpoints on development economics. There are also some free online publications available.