PSIA students write a policy brief for the G20

PSIA students write a policy brief for the G20

Thu, 2021-03-11 15:12
  • PSIA students Mathea Bernhardt and Laura DugardinPSIA students Mathea Bernhardt and Laura Dugardin

PSIA students Mathea Bernhardt and Laura Dugardin have been given a wonderful opportunity: together with professor and researcher Maxime Forest, they will co-author a policy brief for the G20 Task Force on multilateralism and global governance ahead of the next G20 meeting taking place in Rome, Italy.

The rather unusual collaboration arose in a not so unusual place: the classroom. Bernhardt and Dugardin both took the class “Gender and Development in Theory and Practice” in the Fall semester of 2020 and each wrote a policy paper as part of the assessment. They focused on common stereotypes that arise when gendering anti-corruption policies and how to debunk these. 

Their professor, Mr Forest, was impressed by the quality and transformative approach of their work. Given its relevance to the G20 2021 agenda on fighting corruption, he decided to submit an abstract for a jointly authored policy brief on this topic. 

Bernhardt, Dugardin and Forest were very pleased and honoured to share that their abstract had been chosen. It retained the attention of the T20 (The Think20, a group associated with the G20, made up of Think Tanks) and has been selected from a pool of 600+ submissions. The students are delighted: “We were very surprised and honoured when Mr Forest informed us that he had submitted a joint proposal. We are looking forward to this unique opportunity that allows us to increase the focus on gender-sensitive approaches to global governance and multilateralism in the task force.”

The team is now working hard on their policy paper which will focus on deconstructing gender stereotypes when proposing transformative solutions to fighting corruption from a gender perspective in low-and middle-income countries. Writing this brief gives them a unique chance to contribute first-hand to advancing gender in a major international forum. 

The inception meeting of the task force has already taken place and the results will be presented in Fall 2021 at the T20 Italy Summit in Milan.


Mathea is a master student in International Development and International Relations at Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She graduated in International Business Management at Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom and ESB Business School in Germany. Mathea gained professional experience in the German Embassy in the Dominican Republic, in a human rights NGO in Nicaragua and as a consultant for a microfinance NGO in Tanzania. Moreover, she worked in the private sector in Germany, China and the United Kingdom, among others in a technology start-up and a management consultancy. Due to her passion for gender studies in international relations and international development, Mathea is especially looking forward to contributing to advance the international response to gender discrimination.

Laura is currently enrolled in the International Development Master’s program at Sciences Po. She is specializing in economics and Africa. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Latin American Studies at EDHEC Business School, through which she had the chance to live in Chile, South Korea and Argentina. Laura has worked for various NGOs, in Cambodia as well as in France for the promotion of access to education and has worked for UNESCO in Paris. Moreover, Laura has been a France Youth Ambassador for the NGO The ONE Campaign, leading her to raise questions about the role of youth participation in bringing a change regarding development cooperation issues. Thus, she is committed to explore the multi-level governance leverages for vulnerable groups such as women to effectively access their economic, cultural and social rights. 

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