Institutional Support to South Asian 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. The Initiative selected the first cohort of 24 grantees in East and West Africa through a competitive call in 2008. A second competitive call was launched in 2009, targeting seven countries in Latin America and five countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Of the 16 successful applicants from South Asia, nine are in India.

There are very few policy research organizations in South Asia outside India. Those that exist are fragile due to little demand for policy research, limited if no funding from local sources, and an often insecure political climate. This grant will strengthen the ability of the seven selected research institutions in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka 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 performance, and forging links 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

106140

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Sunday, August 1, 2010

End Date

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Duration

48 months

IDRC Officer

Verma, Samar

Total funding

CA$ 7,841,101

Countries

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, India

Program

Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Dr. Rizwan Khair

Institution

BRAC University

Institution Country

Bangladesh

Institution Website

http://www.bracuniversity.ac.bd

Project Leader

Mr. Ajaya Dixit

Institution

Institute for Social and Environmental Transition - Nepal

Institution Country

Nepal

Institution Website

http://www.isetnepal@org.np

Project Leader

Dr. Khalida Ghaus

Institution

Social Policy and Development Centre

Institution Country

Pakistan

Institution Website

http://www.spdc.org.pk

Project Leader

Ms. Priyanthi Fernando

Institution

Centre for Poverty Analysis

Institution Country

Sri Lanka

Institution Website

http://www.cepa.lk

Project Leader

Mustafizur Rahman

Institution

Centre for Policy Dialogue

Institution Country

Bangladesh

Institution Website

http://www.cpd-bangladesh.org

Project Leader

Saman Kelegama

Institution

Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

Institution Country

Sri Lanka

Institution Website

http://www.ips.lk

Project Leader

Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri

Institution

Sustainable Development Policy Institute

Institution Country

Pakistan

Institution Website

http://www.sdpi.org