Funding and supporting think tanks

The effect that funders and other supporters of think tanks have on them should not be underestimated. Often, schemes to support think tanks turn out to be damaging to them and their objectives. On Think Tanks dedicates considerable efforts to study the role of funders and supporters in shaping think tanks and their contribution to policy and public life.

Of particular interest for On Think Tanks is the role of domestic funders, transparency, and the long term development of individual skills, organisational competence, and the institutions that will maximise the contribution of research to policy.

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Core funding unexpected (positives)

By Enrique Mendizabal

Core funding from foreign aid funders for think tanks in developing countries does not seem like a revolutionary idea - but it is. Think about it: a funder provides long term funding for an...

December 14, 2018

Nine webinars on sustainability for think tanks


Between 2016 and 2018, OTT supported the Latin American network of think tanks, ILAIPP, to strengthen the sustainability capacity of the network and of its members. The project involved of: Direct support to...

December 9, 2018

Takeaways from the 2018 TTI Exchange

By Hari Dilip Kumar

As part of the 2018 OTT-TTI Fellowship Programme, I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Think Tank Initiative Exchange (TTIX) along with 23 other Young Leaders from around the globe. The...

November 26, 2018

Core funding unexpected (negatives)

By Enrique Mendizabal

The Think Tank Initiative's Exchange in Bangkok has been a well deserved celebration of the contribution the initiative and its approach to supporting think tanks has made to the sector. It...

November 15, 2018

What kind of donor is your donor?

By Enrique Mendizabal

Think tanks have to fundraise. Think tank directors and even individual researchers must spend significant portions of their time fundraising. This is true everywhere -even in developed...

August 28, 2018
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