Sustainability on the agenda as think tanks meet in Bangkok

November 09, 2018

The Think Tank Initiative Exchange celebrates a decade of support for policy research organizations.

More than 250 think tank representatives, policymakers, donors, researchers, and interested observers will converge in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 11-14 for the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) Exchange.

The conference offers participants the opportunity to mark a decade of TTI support for policy research organizations in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. TTI was created to unlock the potential of policy research organizations, or think tanks, to help their countries address pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

A partnership between five donors managed by IDRC, TTI has supported and strengthened 43 think tanks in 20 developing countries. The goal: to enable these organizations to develop an independent research program, invest in public outreach, and generate research results to inform and influence policy debates. The results of the TTI-supported organizations are impressive.

The focus at this third and final flagship event for the program is “Sustainable Organizations for Sustainable Development”. It will address how think tanks can continue to contribute to building more equitable and prosperous societies.

The Initiative has provided core, non-earmarked funding for think tanks, combined with the support of program officers and external experts in three broad areas: research methods and skills, policy engagement and communication, and general organizational effectiveness.

Through TTI, IDRC has learned much about the best practices and approaches to support think tanks and the value of peer-learning. The Exchange will promote collaboration to drive policy-informed action to help achieve ambitious world agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.