Focus on G20: From Germany to Argentina

The Group of 20 is a forum of the most wealthy and powerful nations on earth. In this dossier, we are regularly presenting new analysis and basic facts about the G20, now under the presidency of Argentina. Find out more about the individual countries that are part of the G20, about specific themes, and about the G20 engagement groups.

What in the World is the Group of 20?

What in the World is the Group of 20? Five Things to Know about the G20 - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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How to navigate the G20 special

In the section Fundamentals you can learn about how the G20 works. Then, there are Interactive Maps and Graphics based on important comparative data for all G20 members. In the section Themes, we introduce the thematic areas of the G20 agenda. In Country Profiles further below, you find infographics providing important information about each G20 member. More comprehensive, in-depth studies can be found at the end of the portal.

All texts in Fundamentals and Themes are also available in a layouted PDF for print, all graphics are licenced under CC-BY-SA.

G20 – Country comparison

Interactive Map: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by CIA – The World Factbook (2015)
Infographics: Trend in Income Distribution over the last Decade (Gini Index)
Interactive Map: Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International
Interactive Map: Subsidies - Fossils vs. Green Energy
Interactive Map: Share of Renewables in Electricity Generation
Infographics: Gender Pay Gap and Women in Labor in the G20
Infographics: Global Consensus for Decent Work – ILO Core Conventions

G20 - Themes


This section provides insights into the most important thematic areas of the G20 agenda. The authors provide a critical assessment of the G20 work done to date in the respective policy area, elaborate on the positioning of some civil society organizations, and make recommendations.

G20 - Country Profiles

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In the interactive profiles of the G20 countries, there are three categories of information relating to:

  1. the economy of the respective country, e.g. debt level, trade balance and foreign direct investment;
  2. people, gender and development and
  3. essential aspects of climate and energy policy, such as fossil fuel subsidies, investment into renewables or "intended nationally determined contributions" to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) that accelerate global warming. 

To get started choose a country. You can then slide through the three information sections by clicking on the "arrow" symbol. On each infographic, you can click on points in the drop down menu to get more information. There is also an option to zoom in and out.

G20 - Country Perspectives

Synopsis Paper of eight G20 Country Perspectives

This synopsis paper provides a summary and analysis of papers produced by the Heinrich Boell Foundation offices in eight countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa. The scope of this synopsis is limited to these countries and focuses primarily on the need for a transition to renewable energy in the context of economic growth and climate change.
Further Country Perspectives

Further Publication

Corporate Influence on the G20

For transnational corporations and their national and international associations and lobby groups, the G20 process provides important opportunities to engage with the world’s most powerful governments on a regular basis, shape their discourse, and influence their decisions. Read more about the influence of the Business20 (B20) in the following study.