Research and Industrial Policy Advice
The Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division (RPA) conducts applied economic research on themes related to UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) at the global, regional, country and sector level, and supports Member States in formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating industrial policy and interventions. The Division’s activities include the publication of policy-oriented knowledge products such as the Organization’s flagship Industrial Development Report (IDR), industrial country diagnostics to initiate the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP), the ISID working paper series, research publications and articles. Building on solid empirical and evidence-based analysis, RPA provides industrial policy advice and support services to Member States to accelerate their industrial development and economic growth with the aim of achieving ISID.
The Division furthermore supports the development of Member States’ analytical capacities for policy formulation by providing tools such as the Industrial Analytics Platform (IAP) and the Enhancing the Quality of Industrial Policies (EQuIP) toolkit. It is also engaged in inter-agency work and international partnerships such as the UN Interagency Task Team on STI for the SDGs (IATT) and the Multilateral Industrial Policy Forum (MIPF) to promote mutual learning and knowledge exchange in the international development community.