This blog is about think tanks (or policy research institutes).
I think that these organisations can serve several important public good purposes even if they are sometimes dismissed as ideological or interest driven. They play key roles in any modern society that values the contribution that knowledge can make to the world of politics.
This blog is particularly about think tanks and for think tanks in developing countries. But while much of the commentary and resources will come there it should also be useful for think tanks in the developed world.
I hope that the posts and the resources published here will support think tanks to be more strategic in the way they make short and long-term decisions. The blog focuses on key internal and external issues of relevance and interest to think tanks and their staff and supporters.
Along the way, I work with others to develop and support initiatives to help think tanks and their supporters: On Think Tanks Lab.
I run the blog as a non-for profit initiative with the assistance of several bloggers who, from time to time, will post on On Think Tanks and they will be identified as contributors. If you want to know how I make a living see my list of projects on my LinkedIn page here.
The blog is guided by these ‘principles‘:
- Be more inclusive and global
- Take the initiative
- Continue to rock the boat
- Be an honest source of ideas and advice
If you’d like to find out how to help, and help is needed, please contact me.
Please have a look at out content ‘policy':
Enrique Mendizabal, Founder, Director
For the record, I am currently an independent researcher, adviser and blogger. Until December 2010 I worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) -an international development think tank based in the UK- where I headed the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme. Besides this blog I provide consultancy services and advice to think tanks and their funders and collaborate with several think tanks whenever possible -always trying to encourage them to join in the discussion on the nature of think tanks.
I currently live in Lima (Peru) but spend quite some time in London and traveling to visit think tanks across the developing world.
I also run a number of projects developed by myself or in collaboration with others and their funders. You can read more about them here: On Think Tanks Lab.
More information about me can be found here or email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
A full list of regular contributors can be found here:
- Adrián Lauer
- Andrea Ordónez
- Andrea Moncada
- Clara Richards
- Hans Gutbrod
- Jeff Knezovich
- Leandro Echt
- Nick Scott
- Caroline Cassidy
- Peter da Costa
- Stephen Yeo
- Melissa Julian