The “Governance & Public Policy Initiative” (GPPI), was set up under the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in August 2012.

GPPI has been established to develop innovative approaches to effective and accountable governance, promote political and social entrepreneurship and foster a strategic community that brings together Indian law makers, eminent scholars and academicians, think tank experts, the bureaucracy and civil society through sustained discussion and debates. 

It aims to provide a cross functional international network of think tanks and academic institutions to continuously strengthen our public policy initiatives and rely on CPR’s excellent research facility supported by some of the most renowned scholars in India today.

GPPI takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

Set up with the objective of strengthening parliamentary diplomacy that binds India and the world, we intend to promote thoughtful debate and dialogue on issues which exemplify the key challenges on the global governance agenda. GPPI engages with Members of Parliament, key leaders from various Indian political parties, Members of the Indian Legislative Assemblies and the country’s current and emerging leaders in our efforts to hone the governance and public policy discourse in India. 

The primary focus of GPPI is on pressing domestic issues by way of involving the lawmakers in interactive discussions with field experts from leading institutions, NGOs, key government officials, and civil society members to facilitate wider exchanges of views and dialogue between them.

Keeping this objective in mind GPPI has organised numerous interactive discussions of Parliamentarians focusing on political discourse, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, urban issues, digital financial inclusion, agriculture and climate change, etc with noted experts and civil society members.

GPPI, while not limiting its focus only on domestic programmes, also organises tailor-made academic programmes for Indian Members of Parliament with world class universities. Through these academic programmes, Parliamentarians get exposure to new fields and ideas, which help them gain perspective as well as new ways of thinking on important issues of domestic, regional, and global concern which helps them in achieving greater and more informed engagement in their public policy discussions.

Overall Objectives______________________

Roundtable discussions, conferences and seminars on thematic issues concerning -    Empowering citizens, revitalizing democracy, foreign policy and security issues, gender security, women and child health in India, education, urban development, climate change and cyber-security amongst other issues. 

Such discussions provide Parliamentarians across party lines, a common platform to share and discuss the different views and concerns and engage with think tank analysts, civil society groups and consequently positively influence the policy making process.

Regular programs for lawmakers with renowned international academic institutions  Bespoke academic  outreach programs for Indian MPs with renowned Universities around the world such as King’s College London, Oxford, Princeton, Yale, University of Sydney, China Centre, Australia National University, Australia National University, Melbourne University, Tel Aviv University and other institutes.

Interactive meetings  with visiting international parliamentary delegations; national and international thought leaders; renowned economists, strategic analysts and eminent academicians; as well as specialists from diverse fields.

Series of round-table discussions in various states across India organised as part of its outreach program to study issues at the grassroots level.