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The Center for International Development at Harvard University

As global investors who manage funds for clients from around the world, Investec Asset Management is committed to identifying and understanding the drivers of economic growth and competitiveness. To this end, the Institute is supporting new research being pioneered by the Center for International Development at Harvard University.

The Center’s ground-breaking research has identified Economic Complexity – and in particular the role and extent of productive knowledge – as a primary driver of economic growth. The theory and supporting empirical evidence explains why the accumulation of productive knowledge is the key to sustained economic growth. The theories help us understand which countries are best poised for economic growth, how countries can acquire and enhance their productive knowledge, and which industries and sectors are likely to appear or disappear over the long term in any given country.

In addition to its support for the underlying research, Investec Asset Management is also funding the development of The Atlas online, the website for the published The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Mapping Paths to Prosperity, an interactive tool that creates a visual narrative of the data. The insights from this research provide a new source of information for government policy making and for identifying long-term growth and investment prospects.

For more information on the research on Economic Complexity, download this briefing note or watch this video clip by Professor Ricardo Hausmann, the Director of the Center for International Development.


The International Crisis Group

The International Crisis Group is widely recognised as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.

Since its establishment in 1995, Crisis Group has worked on many of the world’s deadliest conflicts, providing detailed and highly respected analysis direct from the front lines. Their impact is broad and deep, contributing to conflict prevention and resolution by guiding policymakers on solutions to the challenges that cripple fragile states and influencing the path to peace.

Investec Asset Management through the Investment Institute is proud to support the International Crisis Group. Crisis Group’s expert analysts are based around the world, conducting in-depth, on-the-ground research and political analysis in over 40 countries, from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, and from Latin America to Africa. As members of Crisis Group’s President’s Council, Investec Asset Management benefits from the the interaction and mutual exchange it has with Crisis Group analysts and staff worldwide.