Institutional Support to Latin American Policy Research Organizations

IDRC's Think Tank Initiative is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions (think tanks) in developing countries, thereby enabling them to produce sound research that both informs and influences policy. A second competitive call was launched in 2009, and a total of 12 institutions in seven countries were selected from Latin America.

Despite increased openness to evidence-based policymaking, local funding for Latin American policy research institutions is extremely limited and often partisan. Except in Peru (and universities in general), policy research organizations are relatively young and face challenges common to newly established institutions anywhere: difficulties in establishing a focused research agenda, problems in attracting and retaining staff and governance issues.

This grant will strengthen the ability of the 12 selected research institutions to provide, disseminate and communicate high-quality research. This will be achieved through measures aimed at enhancing the ability of staff to conduct sound research, improving organizational governance, and communicating with policymakers. Particular effort will be made to enable grantees to mobilize other sources of funding, so that none become dependent on the Think Tank Initiative over the long term. The project will also support a platform for grantee networking both within the Initiative and with a wider network of institutions engaged in policy-related research.

Project ID

106141

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Sunday, August 1, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Duration

48 months

IDRC Officer

Romero, Antonio

Total funding

CA$ 15,106,220

Countries

Bolivia, South America, Ecuador, Guatemala, North and Central America, Honduras, Peru, Paraguay, El Salvador

Program

Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Raquel Zelaya

Institution

Association for Research and Social Studies

Institution Country

Guatemala

Institution Website

http://www.asies.org.gt

Project Leader

Roxana Barrantes Cáceres

Institution

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.iep.org.pe

Project Leader

Daniel Barragán

Institution

Corporación Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental

Institution Country

Ecuador

Institution Website

http://www.ceda.org.ec

Project Leader

César Cabello

Project Leader

Idelin Molinas Vega

Institution

Desarrollo, Participación y Ciudadanía

Institution Country

Paraguay

Institution Website

http://www.desarrollo.edu.py

Project Leader

Mauricio Díaz Burdett

Institution

Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras

Institution Country

Honduras

Institution Website

http://www.fosdeh.net

Project Leader

Ricardo Córdova

Institution

Fundación Doctor Guillermo Manuel Ungo

Institution Country

El Salvador

Institution Website

http://www.fundaungo.org.sv

Project Leader

Lic. José Ángel Quirós Noltenius

Project Leader

Alvaro Trigueros Arguello

Institution

Fundación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Económico y Social

Institution Country

El Salvador

Institution Website

http://www.fusades.org

Project Leader

Lykke Andersen

Project Leader

Osvaldo Nina

Institution

Instituto de Estudios Avanzados en Desarrollo (INESAD)

Institution Country

Bolivia

Institution Website

http://www.inesad.edu.bo

Project Leader

Fernando Masi

Institution

Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya

Institution Country

Paraguay

Institution Website

http://www.cadep.org.py

Institution

Fundación "INESAD","Bolivia

Institution Country

www.inesad.edu.bo

Institution Website

https://www.idrc.ca/en/INESAD%20FOUNDATION

Project Leader

Orazio Bellettini

Institution

Fundación para el Avance de las Reformas y las Oportunidades - Grupo FARO

Institution Country

Ecuador

Institution Website

http://www.grupofaro.org

Project Leader

Martín Benavides

Institution

Group of Analysis for Development

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.grade.org.pe

Institution

Fundación "ARU","Bolivia

Institution Country

www.aru.org.bo

Institution Website

https://www.idrc.ca/en/FUNDACION%20ARU