The Small States Policy Simulation Labs Project is a collaboration between the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge. Led by Dr Nazia Mintz Habib, the Centre is a global action-research initiative focused on achieving sustainable development, good governance and responsible innovation.

In the wake of COVID-19, the collaboration utilises systems thinking to enable small states to develop innovative, tested, deliverable policy solutions to improve economic resilience.

In particular, the project is focusing on enabling small states to attract sustainable finance for youth and biodiversity as essential components of sustainable development. 

In the face of multiple threats and burdens, especially from the impacts of climate change and the pandemic, the collaboration helps policymakers in small states develop resilience thinking; a trainable skill to optimise the use of resources and enhance capacity to survive in the face of shocks and unpredictable crises

The collaboration has three key phases:



Each Lab will be designed by the University of Cambridge research team in partnership with the Secretariat, Commonwealth member states and local knowledge centres - as well as leaders and experts from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society - in order to represent the socio-political and economic system of each country. 

Video interviews

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth


Dr Nazia Mintz Habib, FRSA, Founder of the Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development

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