We want Barcelona to have a clear strategy for attracting global decision centres in the field of NGOs, think tanks and global foundations. For that reason, we work closely with the Barcelona International Policy Sector Action Plan that aims to transform Barcelona into a global centre of reference in international public policy by creating and marketing a strong series of incentives capable of attracting a critical mass of the world's leading international public policy organisations, foundations, and think tanks to Barcelona. Ratified and endorsed by more than 35 of Barcelona's most prominent international policy organisations, the plan was presented at a high-profile ceremony in July 2015. The project is led by Mark Freeman, Executive Director of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) and a Barcelona Global member.
- 360-degree partnership across the city’s public, private and policy sectors.
- Concrete incentives to attract leading international policy actors to transfer some or all of their global operations to Barcelona.
- A global "call for applications" in order to create a special opportunity for leading international actors to consider a move to Barcelona.
- An independent and technically-specialised secretariat to guide the successful implementation of the Action Plan.
- The Secretariat of the Action Plan has its headquarters in the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau and is hosted by BIPP HUB, a social enterprise that offers work space, continued learning opportunities, project management and services for actors in Barcelona’s international public policy sector.
- We have signed an agreement with the Fundació 'La Caixa' for the Barcelona International Policy Sector Action Plan, with a contribution of 100,000 euros.
- The Action Plan has a website (bcnactionplan.org) where partners and organisations can find details about the Action Plan and its sponsors, as well as information about Barcelona’s competitive advantages for international public policy organisations.
Amongst the most recent success stories of the Action Plan you can find:
- The Higher Education Alliance for Refugees (HEAR) (org): an initiative to create networks for access to higher education for displaced populations, that now works specifically on the case of Syria.
- The Astraea Foundation (astreaefoundation.org): a New York-based global foundation that distributes approximately $US4 million annually worldwide. Astrea is receiving advice on establishing an office in Barcelona and this will be it’s first in Europe.
- The Climate Infrastructure Partnership (CLIP): a South-South-North capacity-building initiative aimed at boosting private investment in sustainable infrastructure. CLIP is led by Dr. Luigi Carafa, a former postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University and has established its international headquarters in Barcelona.
- The Geoversiv Foundation (geoversiv.net): an American foundation that supports innovative projects for the promotion of climate solutions, clean energy innovation and deployment, responsible enterprise, education, and peacebuilding. The Foundation is establishing its first European office in Barcelona.