Think Tank Initiative - Hewlett Foundation

IDRC and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are collaborating on the Think Tank Initiative, a new program to strengthen independent think tanks and policy research centres in the developing world. These organizations provide critical input for the creation of effective public policy to promote growth and reduce poverty. However, most developing country research institutes are compromised by short-term, project-based funding and therefore lack the flexibility to develop long-range plans, establish their own research priorities and invest in strong research programs. The Think Tank Initiative aims to bring together the right mix of financial and technical support to build stable, effective policy research centres in developing countries.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, January 1, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gutbrod, Hans

Total funding

CA$ 12,725,126


South Asia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia


Think Tank Initiative