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Global Public Policy Network
GPPN Annual Conference
March 4 to 6, 2022

Hosted by the Hertie School, Berlin

GPPN Annual 2022 Conference

The Hertie School in Berlin hosted the 2022 international conference of

the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)  in an online format from Friday 4 March to Sunday  6  March  2022. 

Students  selected  to  participate had  the opportunity  to  compete  against  teams 

selected  from  seven  of  the  most  prestigious  schools  of  public affairs

and to network with students from all over the world.

Student Projects
The Challenge
The GPPN invited students from GPPN member schools to identify an important policy challenge in any public policy field and in any  regional,  international  or  national  context.  Students  were asked to form  teams  between  3 and  5 members and work together to develop their proposals.

We were looking for student presentations on public policy proposals that:
  • Identified an important and pressing public policy problem;
  • Presented   a   convincing   and   innovative   solution   and   demonstrate   why this   proposal   is appropriate to solve the policy problem identified;
  • Explained  how  the  solution  shall  be  implemented  and  what  implementation challenges  will need to be overcome, taking into account available knowledge and the context in which the policy challenge occurs.
Winning Teams
Information on the winning teams and projects of the 2022 GPPN Annual Conference can be found here.
The student projects were assessed against the following criteria:
  • 25% Problem Analysis
  • 20% Strength of Solution & Real-World Feasibility
  • 15% Implementation Analysis
  • 15% Long-Term Sustainability
  • 25% Quality of Presentation

Teams and proposals selected by their policy school to participate in the GPPN Conference at the
Hertie  School  each  gave an  “elevator  pitch”  presentation  of  up  to  3  minutes  on the  first  day, followed by questions of the jury.

The  Jury,  composed  of the  Deans  of the  GPPN  schools,  selected  up to  10 teams/proposals.  The teams competed against each other on the second day of the conference. The second presentation was for up to 5  minutes per team, followed by questions from  the Jury. The presentations sought to answer the questions raised by the Jury and integrate the feedback provided during the first round of the competition.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in academic and social events organised by the Hertie School during the conference.

Conference Booklet

Please see the Conference Booklet for the Conference Schedule, abstracts of the students' projects, participating teams and the 2022 GPPN Jury Members.


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Dean's Roundtable

In 2021 and 2022, several of the countries that are home to GPPN member schools have seen important transitions in power or have consequential elections coming up. Public Policy Schools can be affected by the outcomes of elections, as politics and policy change after an election. They accompany elections as scientific observers of the processes surrounding elections. And they can play an active role in elections and transitions through their alumni, faculty and student body.


This roundtable discussion heard the Deans  of GPPN member schools share their views on the voice of public policy schools in elections and transitions of power, drawing on their experiences working within different institutional approaches as well as political contexts.

Important Announcement

In light of the current COVID-19 developments, the Hertie School, in consultation with the GPPN partner schools, concluded it was no longer possible to plan for an in-person Conference nor guarantee the safety and health of participants. Therefore, the GPPN Network decided to move the Conference to a fully online format, meaning that participants will not travel to Berlin to participate in-person, but will access the Conference via an online platform.

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