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Posts by Leandro Echt

CSDS: Five decades of Understanding Electoral Politics in India

In this post, Sanjay Kumar, Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), outlines the think tank's work on elections in India. CSDS has one of the largest body of information and knowledge on elections outside Europe and North America. A key lessons is that think tanks can influence elections by studying them.

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The IEA presidential debates: 15 years of upholding electoral accountability

This post is part of a series on think tanks and elections around the world. Mrs. Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), shares IEA's experience since 2000 in organising Presidential Debates in Ghana.

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Think tanks and elections: a series on experiences from around the world

This new series on think tanks and elections introduces new initiatives from around the world. It complements a series focused on Latin America and illustrates a new Page on On Think Tanks.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Fernando Masi, Director and one of the founders of CADEP (Paraguay)

Fernando Masi, founder and director of CADEP, a Paraguayan think tank, talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about the origins of the centre and the challenges it faces today. Like many other founding directors, he has to steward CADEP into the hands of a new generation of think tank leaders.

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Lessons on the role of Latin American think tanks in electoral processes – the way forward

In this post, Leandro Echt outlines a number of key lessons from cases of Latin American think tanks working to inform and improve the electoral processes in their countries. He also provides a set of recommendations for action to help share the lessons learned in Latin America with other regions.

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Paraguay debate: The challenge of nourishing the political debate in times of elections

In this post, Marcelo Mancuello, from CADEP in Paraguay, describes a initiative to influence the Paraguayan elections that was developed with the support of CIES, in Peru. Marcelo emphasises the importance of working in a network to achieve the initiative's objectives.

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Fernando Straface: “The challenge is refining the think tanks’ technology for influence in electoral campaigns”

In this interview, Fernando Straface, Executive Director of CIPPEC, describes the organisation's experiences of 2011 and 2014. He also outlines the main characteristics of what he calls a new Latin American technology of influence and calls for a collaborative effort to develop it further and share it with think tanks in other parts of the world.

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Experience of Fedesarrollo in presidential campaigns in Colombia

In this post, Leonardo Villar, Executive Director of the Foundation for High Education and Development (Fedesarrollo), reflects on the think tank's recent efforts to influence the Colombian electoral process and debate. The post argues that think tanks need to think very carefully about the political nuances of the campaign in order to design an effective strategy.

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Orazio Bellettini: “Think tanks can create spaces for dialogue among relevant actors of the policy community”

In this interview, Orazio Bellettini, Director of Grupo Faro reflects on the initiative that the think tank carried out in 2006 to influence the electoral debate in Ecuador. He argues that is necessary to work at both the national and sub-national levels.

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Focusing the electoral debate: CIES’ experience during the Peru 2011 campaign

In this second post of the series of Think Tanks and Elections Javier Portocarrero reflects on the lessons learned from CIES' most recent effort to influence the electoral debate win Peru. CIES' 2006 project has served as a guide for think tanks across Latin America. The lessons presented in this post are useful for think tanks and donors interested in adopting this new Latin American Technology.

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