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Posts by Leandro Echt

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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A learning platform on think tanks and electoral processes

On Think Tanks put together a learning platform on think tanks and electoral processes. More than 20 experiences from think tanks around the world have been compiled so far. The experiences intend to provide a space of reference/inspiration for those think tanks seeking to develop initiatives with a focus on elections. 2015 was an intense electoral year with presidential, legislative, regional and local elections in many countries. If your think tank (or other organisations you know) works with similar initiatives at the time of elections, share your experience so others can benefit from your lessons.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Roberto Fendt, Executive Director of CEBRI in Brazil

Roberto Fendt, Executive Director of the Brazilian think tank CEBRI, talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about his professional career, his motivations to join a think tank, the initial managerial challenges he faced, and the differences with working in the public sector.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Miguel Pulido, former Executive Director of FUNDAR in Mexico

Miguel Pulido, former Executive Director of the Mexican think tank FUNDAR, talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about his arrival to the executive direction, the initial challenges he faced in strengthening the think tank, the transition and how he intends to capitalize what he learned in for future plans. Miguel offers excellent advice to any current and future think tank director.

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The On Think Tanks Interview: Raquel Zelaya Rosales, President of the Board of Directors and former Executive Secretary of ASIES

In this interview, Raquel Zelaya offers a candid look at over 20 years of public life at the helm of one of the leading think tanks in Central America. She talks about the relationship between boards and managers, the importance of diversity and promoting women in think tanks, and how to manage and effective leadership transition.

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Unravelling the business models of think tanks in Latin America and Indonesia

The business model is an essential part of think tanks sustainability. In this post Ashari Cahyo Edi and Leandro Echt, outline a research project aimed at understanding what are the key aspects that characterise effective business models in think tanks in Indonesia and Latin America.

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FUSADES and 2012 elections in El Salvador: electoral reforms and promotion of the exercise of suffrage

This post is part of a series on think tanks and elections around the world. FUSADES had a decade of studies and proposals to strengthen the system of representation and the building of a qualified institutional democracy in El Salvador. In 2012, FUSADES designed and implemented a project of civic education and research of the impact of a new electoral reform in order to collaborate in the voting exercise, the understand the new approach and analyse the election results.

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Social scientists have a real opportunity to influence what politicians say in the run-up to the General Election

Academic researchers should have their say in holding policy promises to account. In this post first published on the LSE's Impact of Social Sciences blog, Jonathan Breckon charts the various activities around the country aimed at providing a rigorous evidence-base in the run-up to the UK’s General Election. A whole range of economists, statisticians, social scientists and others are fact-checking what politicians and pundits say so that they don’t get away with iffy promises or sound-bites. But the challenge in the boom of fact-checkers is getting the quality right.

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The On Think Tanks Interview: Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director, CIES (Peru)

In this interview, Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director of CIES in Peru tells us about his own experience, the challenges he has faced on the job, and his achievements. He views that Peruvian think tanks' face an important funding challenge: foreign funding is rapidly shrinking. The interview is also in Spanish.

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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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