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Posts by Leandro Echt

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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Think tanks and the electoral process: lessons from Latin America

Many think tanks argue that elections are the worst time to attempt to influence policy. Think tanks in Latin America, disagree. There, they have developed a new technology of influence that is able to influence both policy and the policy context. This post introduces a series edited by Leandro Echt that collects cases from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Martín Benavides, Executive Director, GRADE

Martin Benavides offers a brief yet thoughtful informal exit interview. He discusses his own career path to the top of GRADE, the challenges he faced as Executive Director, and the organisation's transition plans. He pays particular attention to the impact that the Think Tank Initiative has had on GRADE.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Roxana Barrantes, Director of the Institute of Peruvian Studies

Roxana Barrantes, Director at the Institutos de Estudios Peruanos spoke to Leandro Echt about IEP and the challenges that Peru's oldest functioning think tank faces.

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Factors to consider when collaborating with other think tanks

Leandro Echt writes about the challenges involved in think tank collaboration. This post was originally written for the On Think Tanks Exchange, an initiative co-supported by the Think Tanks Fund, the Think Tank Initiative and On Think Tanks.

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