The Ring Alliance
The Ring is an alliance of 13 established and renowned policy research organisations promoting sustainable development through collaborative research, dissemination and policy advocacy. Founded in 1991, in the build-up to the Rio Summit on Environment and Development, the Ring Alliance has developed as an informal space in which a community of like-minded organisations can work together to achieve shared objectives. Members of the Ring are based in five continents, the majority in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The network’s goal is to improve environmental and developmental policy processes, and to increase the regional and local impact of organisations working on sustainable development issues. The Ring aims to further increase its impact on international decision-making fora, particularly in three broad areas: climate change, trade, and the future of sustainability as an influential concept.
The vision of the Ring is to promote and develop collaborative working in support of sustainable development through
- Linking grassroots communities and policy makers.
- Linking civil society and research agendas.
- Sharing and disseminating knowledge and experience between the North and South, and between regions.
The added value of the Ring is gained from joint research and information sharing and lesson learning between Ring partners. This gives the Ring a unique inter-regional and regional perspective on major sustainable development issues.