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Think tanks and communication workshop: a learner’s perspective

In this post, Palash Sanyal from the Centre for Policy Development in Bangladesh reflect on the communications workshop organised in Dhaka last month. He was one of the participants, representing CPD's communications team. In this post he identifies key lessons and highlight some insights from the sessions and the discussion.

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Is knowledge meant to solve technical problems or change the world?

In this second post on the think tanks' Summit, Peter da Costa reflects on Prof. Achille Mbembe's presentation at a recent African think tanks summit and poses an important question: can knowledge ever help change Africa unless it is critically grounded in reality? Otherwise, does it risk being nothing more than a provider of narrow solutions to even narrower expert-defined problems?

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Fair is Fair: on contracts and sub-contracts

Contracts stand between think tanks and the funds they need. But these contracts are hardly ever developed for think tanks -or with think tanks in mind. They pose enormous challenges for them, often compromising their own core asset: their intellectual capital. This post considers three typical contracts and puts forward some recommendations to improve the terms of the contracts that think tanks in developing countries receive.

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A few initiatives, not many projects, may be the secret to success

Lawrence MacDonald and Todd Moss have published an essay that seeks to distill what they think they have learned in the past dozen years since the Center for Global Development's foundation. These lessons are of great relevance to organisations thinking about reviewing their research agendas and organisational strategies. In this post we consider how the initiatives approach can help think tanks organise themselves, seek influence, and assess their success.

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What Should Think Tanks Do? Read this book to find out

Lawrence MacDonald has written a post reflecting on Andrew Selee's new book, "What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact". He argues that having a strategy can be useful but is not always necessary. CGD offers an interesting alternative.

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Wonkcomms teams and skill sets: what does the future hold?

The last three WonkComms events considered the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘where’ of think tank communications. This event turned its attention to ‘who’ – the human resources think tanks can call on for their communications, what skills are needed to progress in the sector and how to develop them.

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Survey: context and think tanks

The Think Tank Initiative has contracted Results for Development and University of Washington researchers to learn more about the different contexts in which think tanks work and about the strategies they use to achieve success within these diverse environments. As part of this study, they invite you to participate in a survey.

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Think tanks and Universities in Latin America: a research project

A couple of months ago I published a couple of blogs about a new project funded by the TTI to study the relationship between think tanks and universities. The project in Latin America is now underway and the team has set up a new website: +Saber América Latina.

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Taking think tank communications to the next level: Determining what goes where (Part 2)

The previous post suggested that this can be achieved by working through three steps: a) what should get done, b) who is best placed to do it, and c) empowering those who are best placed to do it to do it.
To answer the first question, the post examined what an informed content strategy looked like. And before we dive into step b, let’s consider first why we even need a content strategy.

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For-profit think tanks and implications for funders

Are all think tanks non-for-profits? It seems that many think tanks in Hungary are for-profit companies that look, talk, walk like think tanks. Should their legal status make a difference on whether they get funding or not? Should donors just accept that difference is the rule?

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