A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


The North-South Institute (NSI), the oldest independent policy research institute in Canada specializing in international development, has become a member of the Virtual Institute. 

NSI’s mission is to produce research that will guide policymakers in their search for more effective aid and development policies to reduce poverty and global inequalities and create a more prosperous and stable global community.
Within this broad objective, NSI' research focuses on four thematic areas: (a) Governance and equitable growth; (b) Global flows and decent work; (c) Fragile and conflict-affected states; and (d) Governance of natural resources. More specifically, these areas cover trade and development issues such as regional trade integration, multilateral trade negotiations and governance, North-South FTAs, trade and poverty, trade and gender, and FDI policies. NSI's publications include books, e-books, working papers, policy briefs and the Canadian Development Report - a flagship annual publication containing analysis and topical essays on international development and providing insights into Canada's relations with developing countries.
NSI holds a variety of events in Ottawa, elsewhere in Canada and abroad. Among them are major gatherings such as the June 2011 Ottawa Forum on The Future of Multilateral Development Cooperation in a Changing Global Order. It also organizes public and closed-door seminars for policymakers, NGOs and the general public, addressing topics related to its overarching goal of reducing poverty and inequality, and occasionally delivers courses for specific developing countries on issues such as trade in services, trade and gender, and investment and trade.
Pablo Heidrich, Senior Researcher at NSI will coordinate NSI's cooperation with the Virtual Institute. Pablo holds a PhD in political economy and public policy, and leads NSI's work on trade and investment flows and decent work. His research interests include trade and development, natural resources and development, FDI in extractive industries, and agriculture and trade. He will be supported by two other colleagues: Kate Higgins, leader of NSI's programme on governance and equitable growth, whose research interests include the links between trade and poverty, gender, sustainable development, and growth; and  Daniel Poon, researcher with the global flows team, whose research interests focus on FDI (in relation to extractive industries and industrial policies), China's impact on the global economy and comparative policies of BRIC countries.
NSI can contribute finished pieces of research, provide members from developing countries with venues to disseminate their research in Canada, and assist them in establishing partnerships with other Canadian and developing-country think tanks outside their own regions. They can also produce research and deliver courses on demand in their areas of expertise.
Through its participation in the Virtual Institute, NSI is looking for a possibility to connect with more research institutions and individual researchers in the developing world and other developed countries, generate new partnerships to carry out new lines of research, test new research in country cases, and joining ongoing or new research initiatives from other institutions or networks.
For more information, visit NSI's profile on the Vi website.