Call open for Indonesian think tanks working on climate change policy

December 06, 2018
A farmer fertilize his rice field.

CIFOR / Tri Saputro

IDRC has almost one decade of experience strengthening the capacities of think tanks through support to the Think Tank Initiative. Now IDRC and the Oak Foundation commit to strengthening the capacities of local, independent, Indonesian think tanks to undertake and communicate high quality evidence and research and to engage policy and community audiences on issues of climate change.

Recognizing the crucial role of think tanks in tackling climate change in Indonesia, both organizations co-designed the Think Climate Platform. It is intended to strengthen the capacities of local think tanks in Indonesia that are grounded in their local contexts and politics and provide local solutions to tackle the impacts of climate change in the country.

The objectives of the program are threefold:

  • Deepen research and communications capacity and strengthen policy engagement: help think tanks strengthen and expand their research capacity to meet the demands for evidence, define their research agenda, and connect and communicate with the appropriate actors (government officials, civil society organizations, and private sector companies) in evidence-to-action processes.
  • Seed change coalitions: help to foster time-bound “coalitions of the willing” to collaborate for the purposes of identifying data needs, articulating applied policy research agendas, co-developing the knowledge needed to inform good policy frameworks, and creating the political momentum needed to drive change forward.
  • Increase the generation of relevant knowledge (data and evidence): help think tanks fill data gaps and generate evidence for policy needs that address emissions reduction in a cross-cutting way, addressing possible links with climate adaptation, energy equity, and poverty reduction.

This program will support a small number of local and independent Indonesian think tanks with a grant of up to CA$300,000 each over a period of 30 months.

This call is open to Indonesian think tanks only. Further details on eligibility criteria can be found here. Interested organizations should submit an expression of interest to thinkclimate@idrc.ca along with relevant supporting documents, i.e. proposal budget and institutional profile questionnaire  by Thursday January 3, 2019 (11:30 PM EST) / Friday January 4, 2019 (11:30 AM Jakarta time).