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Helping to level the field: The Think Tank Hub Geneva

The Think Tank Hub in Geneva is an initiative by the Swiss foreign policy think tank foraus and the Swiss Government to provide free office and meeting space for think tanks from developing countries. It can go a long way towards helping to level the playing field of international global policy influence.

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Corporate think tanks: experience, benefits and opportunities for young thinktankers

Corporate think tanks, being oriented towards demand-driven research, provide a distinct working experience to their young researchers. This post analyses what young researchers from prominent corporate Peruvian think tanks had to say about their workplaces and how their time there could be described as a crash-course in research methods.

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Making energy matters matter: entering the electoral field

Think tanks can play a critical role during election processes. For boutique think tanks, elections can present important opportunities to get their messages on their sector of expertise across. In this post Tutana Kvaratskhelia discusses how World Experience for Georgia plans to work during the upcoming elections to promote the use of evidence for policy in sustainable energy. This post is part of the Thinking about think tanks in the South Caucasus series.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Kharisma Priyo Nugroho, Knowledge Sector Initiative in Indonesia

Kharisma Priyo Nugroho is the Program Lead Knowledge Production and Intermediation and Coordinator of knowledge to policy hubs on learning and capacity development of the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI). In this interview he talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about his arrival to KSI, the restructuring of the programme, and its implications in the relationship with partners (grantees) and capacity building strategy, and how Indonesian political context frames the role of policy research.

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Academic think tanks: what do they offer to young researchers?

What sort of experiences do young researchers have while working at academic think tanks? Here, we explore the two main relationships that drive this: between young researchers and their superiors, and between young researchers and the think tanks themselves.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Shebo Nalishebo on influencing policy on government debt in Zambia

Shebo Nalishebo, at ZIPAR in Zambia, talks about how a research project achieved policy influence and draws out some potential lessons for think tankers around the world.

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Do not dumb down you audience –or rather, how should think tanks affect policy chance?

How should think tanks influence policy? In a manner that strengthens other institutions and does not weaken them.

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Attracting and developing young talent: how can think tanks manage?

How can think tanks attract and retain young talent? In increasingly competitive environments, think tanks need the best individuals available to remain competent and productive. We talked to young thinktankers from prominent Peruvian think tanks to ask them what they expected from their workplaces in order to produce a list of recommendations for think tanks. This is a series composed of four blog posts.

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Latin American Think Tank Summit in Argentina

CIPPEC presents this year's Latin American Think Tanks Summit in Buenos Aires. The agenda includes a mix between a focus on key policy issues for the region as well as a focus on think tanks themselves and the relationships between each other.

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Are Think Tanks Undermining Australian Democracy?

Are think tanks undermining democracy? In this post Dr Glenn Savage, Senior Lecturer in Education Policy, University of Melbourne, argues that they can. This is a reminder that achieving influence is not, and should not, be an end in itself.

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