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What is a think tank? Defining the boundaries of the label

The exact definition of think tanks eludes us. With more and more organisations using the label to describe themselves, how can we decide what is and what isn't one. The Premio PODER to the best Peruvian think tanks provides an opportunity to set out the boundaries of a fluid and porous definition. One that is likely to change over time as more (or fewer) organisations assume the functions we associate with think tanks.

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More on think tanks in India, what are they like?

Clara Richards writes about think tanks in India based on a study of economic think tanks in BRICS countries. She finds an interesting and changing environment that presents both challenges and opportunities for think tanks. in light of the new President's call for more and better think tanks, how ready are they?

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What think tanks do? A view from India

Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, writes about the functions and main activities of think tanks. This is the second of a series of three posts written for the Aiditi project at CSTEP, which aims to capture information, anecdotes and data from various Think Tanks.

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A Think Tank History: A view from India

In this post (the first of three) Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai, writes about the history of think tanks and in India in particular. She sets the scene for a more in-depth analysis of think tank's functions in a future post. It is part of a series of articles commissioned by the Aiditi project at CSTEP which aims to capture information/ anecdotes/data from various Think Tanks.

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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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