Article 1: Mission
The Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (hereafter as “the Consortium”) aims at building up an open platform for advancing frontier thinking and mutual learning on economic structural transformation.
The Consortium is initiated by the Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University, which aspires to foster intellectual partnerships to promote original thinking and innovative practice in an effort to help developing countries to achieve economic structural transformation. The Consortium serves as one of the priority areas under the umbrella of the Global Coalition of Southern Think Tank Networks, co-convened by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).
Article 2: Functions
To advance the frontier research on economic structural transformation, the Consortium plans to undertake the following functions (subject to extension):
2.1 Promote collaborative research on economic structural transformation;
2.2 Organize annual conferences, workshops and other activities to disseminate research findings, promote mutual learning, as well as bridge the gap between policy makers and the academia.
Article 3: Organizational Structure
3.1 Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is responsible for setting the agenda of the Consortium, managing membership, mobilizing resources, and other key issues related to the Consortium. The Steering Committee of the Consortium consists of one chair, two co-chairs and another two rotating members. The steering committee is to make decisions by consensus.
184.108.40.206 The Director of the Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University (CNSE), serves as the inaugural chair;
220.127.116.11 Each term of the chair is six years;
18.104.22.168 The chair plays a leadership role in formulating the strategy of the Consortium, as well as mobilizing resources and raising fund for the Consortium;
22.214.171.124 Successive chairs are appointed by elections, with the votes of at least 2/3 of the Consortium members.
126.96.36.199 The Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the President of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) serve as the inaugural co-chairs;
188.8.131.52 Each term of the co-chair is six years;
184.108.40.206 The co-chairs assist the chair in formulating the strategy of the Consortium, as well as mobilizing resources and raising fund for the Consortium;
220.127.116.11 Successive co-chairs are appointed by elections, with the votes of at least 2/3 of the Consortium members.
3.1.4 Rotating Members
18.104.22.168 Candidates for rotating members are either nominated by the chair and co-chairs, or self-recommended by Consortium members;
22.214.171.124 Candidates for rotating members need to be approved by at least 2/3 of the Consortium members;
126.96.36.199 Each term of the rotating member is two years.
The Secretariat is responsible for organizing annual conferences, administering the Consortium budget, and facilitating communications among members. Housed at the CNSE, the Secretariat of the Consortium is led by one general secretary, and consists of focal points from all member institutes and an advisory group.
3.2.2 General Secretary
The general secretary is responsible for implementing the strategy set by the Steering Committee and facilitating communication and collaboration among members.
3.2.3 Focal Points:
188.8.131.52 Focal points are nominated by corresponding member institutes and need to be approved by the Steering Committee;
184.108.40.206 The General Secretary needs to be informed in advance when there are changes in focal points.
3.2.4 Advisory Group of the Secretariat
220.127.116.11 The advisory group of the Secretariat are responsible for providing suggestions to the Secretariat on how to run the Consortium more effectively;
18.104.22.168 The advisory group consists of leading experts or practitioners in the Consortium’s fields of competency, who are nominated by the General Secretary and approved by the Chair.
3.3 International Partners
The Consortium collaborates with international partners such as the UNDP and the UNOSSC to utilize their global networks and international platforms to garner support and disseminate research findings.
3.3.2 Establishing Partnership
22.214.171.124 Consortium members can propose to the Secretariat potential international partners;
126.96.36.199 The General Secretary is to consult with the Steering Committee about the possibilities of taking action;
188.8.131.52 The Secretariat has the authority to act on behalf of the Consortium in establishing partnerships with international partners.
Article 4: Members
4.1.1 Founding Members
The Consortium has 33 founding members, joined on an invitation basis.
The Consortium membership is open to research institutes, think tanks, universities, and international organizations from all over the world. The key eligibility criteria include:
184.108.40.206 Committed to the mission of the Consortium;
220.127.116.11 A team of core researchers with the track record of research on structural transformation;
18.104.22.168 With policy impact in respective fields or geographical areas.
Applications for the membership need to be submitted to the Secretariat and approved by the Steering Committee by consensus.
4.2.1 Active participation
22.214.171.124 Consortium members are requested to attend scheduled meetings, be available for consultation by phone and e-mail, and serve in at least one working group to apply perspectives, expertise and experience;
126.96.36.199 Consortium members who are absent from two consecutive annual conferences without proper notice or who are unable to fulfill obligations as Consortium members, are requested to exit from the Consortium.
4.2.2 Positive Representation
188.8.131.52 Consortium members serve as de facto ambassadors for the Consortium, who will strive to represent the Consortium in the best possible ways;
184.108.40.206 Consortium members should not offer themselves as official spokespersons for the Consortium without proper authority from the Steering Committee.
4.3.1 The Consortium provides members with opportunities in terms of experience, platform and resources, for meaningful and rewarding service to our mission and functions;
4.3.2 Consortium members can jointly apply for international programs and funding.
Article 5: Meetings
5.1 Annual Conferences
5.1.1 Consortium members are to convene in plenary session at the annual conferences;
5.1.2 The Secretariat has the authority to convene Consortium members in plenary sessions.
5.2 Notice of Meetings
Notices of upcoming meetings are given to members via the Consortium website as well as e-mails.
Article 6: Amendments
Amendments to this bylaw are to be proposed by the Steering Committee and circulated among Consortium members.
Amendments to this bylaw must be approved by at least 2/3 of the Consortium members.
By signing this document, I understand that the Consortium will rely on the collective commitments of its members in formulating its plans and executing its strategy. I agree to act in conformity with the requirements of this document.