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Global Public Policy Network
GPPN Annual Conference
March 4 to 5, 2023

Hosted by the Fundação Getulio Vargas

São Paulo School of Business

The Fundação Getulio Vargas São Paulo School of Business hosted the 2023 international conference of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) on Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March 2023.

Students selected to participate had the opportunity to present their projects to the Deans of eight of the most prestigious schools of public affairs as well as networked with students from all over the world.


The theme for the 2023 GPPN Conference was ‘Policy challenges in an ever more divided world’.


Recent electoral results across the world revealed an unprecedented degree of polarization and radicalization. As politics moved from uneasy cooperation to brazen contention, policy formulation and implementation became increasingly challenging.

How to think of evidence-based policies in countries divided along value and information lines? Most importantly, how could policies help keep societies together, overcome deep political cleavages, and build lasting consensus?

We were looking for creative solutions for policymakers and governments in areas as diverse as education, climate change, poverty alleviation, food security, minority rights, healthcare, public security, access to information, energy, among others.

Student Projects
The Challenge

The GPPN invited students to work on an important policy challenge in any field identified as contentious in today’s divided societies, looking into viable paths for consensus-building and evidence-based policies. Proposals could incorporate public, private or hybrid approaches as appropriate.


We were looking for student presentations on public policy proposals that demonstrate:


  • A precise identification and analysis of an important and pressing public policy problem; this precise analysis of the problem needed to be clear prior to discussion of any possible solutions

  • A strong use of analytics and empirics and how these could be applied to inform a solution to the public policy problem identified

  • An astute understanding of how policy solutions could be implemented given the interests of the policy actors in the chosen context

  • A clear awareness of when similar solutions have been tried in the past, why they were successful or amended in order to be successful in the future.


Students formed teams and worked together to develop their proposals. Each member should only participate in 1 team. Cross-school teams might be authorized on a case-by-case basis.

Conference funding was provided by each school according to their own budget provisions. Accommodation in São Paulo (up to 3 nights, check-in on Friday 3 March and check-out on Monday 6 March) was paid for and arranged by FGV EAESP, with details provided to participants.


Proposals were assessed against the following criteria, which were equally weighted. These were the same criteria as used at the conference.

a) policy analysis and strength of design (i.e. if it is based on sound analytical principles) (25%),

b) implementation concerns including awareness of stakeholder interests (25%),

c) Mechanisms for learning, self-correction and refinement over time (25%), and

d) Quality of presentation (25%).


Selected teams and proposals selected to participate in the GPPN Conference at FGV EAESP each gave a presentation on the first day of the conference of up to 3 minutes.

Up to 10 teams/proposals were given detailed feedback by the Jury of Deans and selected to present on the second day of the conference. This second presentation was for up to 5 minutes followed by questions from the Jury.

On the second day of the conference, students not chosen to participate in the second round of the main competition (described above) worked in teams on a different task. Details of this task were provided at the conference and no advance preparation was required. However, attendance at the second day of the conference (Sunday 5 March) was a condition of participation which students agreed to at the point of application. Absence on the second day affected the reimbursement of your expenses for that day.

Conditions for participation

We would like to make the GPPN conference a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. Students will be required to show proof of vaccination or immunization against Covid-19 before entering the campus of the São Paulo School of Business at FGV. Students who cannot be vaccinated will be required to present a valid antigen test less than 24 hours old before entering the campus. Depending on applying regulations, students may be required to wear face coverings. Students who do not fulfill these conditions will be refused access to the event, and may be required to reimburse travel and accommodation costs. Non-compliance with these measures during the trip will be considered a disciplinary offense by FGV EAESP.

Note: The budget is only a subsidy to cover the essential travel costs, e.g. airfare, transport, additional travel insurance. Additional accommodation, non-covid-19 and non-conference related expenses are not reimbursable. Please ensure to:

  • purchase tickets from full-service airlines with refundable tickets;

  • have sufficient funding to self-pay any and all additional cost that is not covered by the insurance.

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