Programs & Policy Projects
There is an increasingly close relationship between governments, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). IPN's Accountability project analyses the funding and other relationships between these groups. (IPN retains a receives no money from any government or political parties, and abides by a strict code of independence.)
Bastiat Prize for Journalism
The Bastiat Prize for Journalism was established by International Policy Network in 2002 to encourage, recognize and reward writers around the world whose published works elucidate the institutions of the free society. In the enduring spirit of the Prize’s namesake Frédéric Bastiat, the Prize is given to writers who employ eloquent and witty explanations of complex ideas, combined with a clear understanding of markets and their underlying institutions – including property rights, the rule of law, freedom of contract, free speech and limited government.
IPN’s health program encourages discussion of the role of market institutions in improving human health. It addresses difficult issues, such as access to medicines, obstacles to curtailing the spread of infectious diseases, and the impact of regulations on modern technologies that can improve nutrition and health.
Too often, governments and international agencies have sought to fight the diseases of poverty with aspirational but impractical policies. Millions of dollars and countless working hours have been wasted on ill-conceived and poorly-run initiatives, needlessly costing lives.
IPN's environment program analyses global topics including agriculture, water, climate change, often intersecting development issues. Broadly, our approach to these issues focuses on utilizing institutions such as property rights, contracts, the rule law, open markets, open trade and transparent accountable government.
IPN’s trade project emphasizes the benefits of freedom to trade for all people, and the benefits of open investment, and competition between jurisdictions in matters of tax and regulatory policy. IPN is a co-founder of the Freedom to Trade (F2T) Campaign, a coalition of over 70 think tanks in 40+ countries which calls on world leaders to permit the people of the world the real freedom to trade.This means removing all barriers to trade imposed by governments, including quotas, tariffs, subsidies, bureaucratic restrictions and protectionist regulations.