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June 6, 2011 Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges: Global Economic Solutions 2010/2011 Published

How can schools in threshold countries become equipped with computers? Why are index-based microinsurance schemes so successful? Which is more effective for dealing with acute hunger crises: food coupons or cash payouts? How could land rights help lift up to 500 million people out of poverty? These present only some of the approximately one hundred questions to which the third Global Economic Symposium’s (GES) Global Economic Solutions 2010/2011, offers answers. Newly released, the solutions volume is also available online. Dr. Alessio Brown, Executive Director of the GES, highlights that: “This volume summarizes innovative solution proposals which received agreement from the participants of the GES 2010 and is meant to inspire cooperative effort to address global problems.” The volume is distributed to leading policy makers worldwide and presented at international organizations.

In its quest for concrete, practicable solutions to global economic problems, the GES is unique worldwide. President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), Prof. Dennis Snower, points out that: “In the world of today, nation states find themselves less and less able to address urgent global problems. Visions for joint future solutions to these challenges are needed more than ever. Global Economic Solutions provides a significant contribution to filling this gap.”

As of this year, the Kiel Institute (IfW) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung will jointly host the Global Economic Symposium, in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics—Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW). “We are very pleased to work with such outstanding partners at the Global Economic Symposium to develop adequate responses to the most challenging problems on a global scale”, commented Gunter Thielen, chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung in regard to the cooperation

Under the continuing patronage of José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, the fourth GES will convene in Kiel on October 4–6 of this year, under the title of “New Forces of Global Governance.” Around 400 high-ranking policymakers, businesspeople, and economists, including several Nobel laureates, are expected to take part. Ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has also confirmed participation.

Global Economic Solutions 2010/2011 is available here It can also be ordered from the GES Management Team. It contains the solutions generated at the third Global Economic Symposiums, held in Istanbul on September 28–29, 2010, organized by the IfW and the ZBW and hosted by the Turkish Central Bank.

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) is jointly organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. The GES 2011 will convene in Kiel for the first time, in the Hotel Atlantic on October 4–6. Further information about the GES can be found at


Dr. Willi M. Scholz
Senior Content and Communities Manager, GES
Phone +49 (0)431-8814-313

Christina Busch
Project Manager
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Phone +49 (0)5241-81-81312

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