Funding and supporting think tanks

The effect that funders and other supporters of think tanks have on them should not be underestimated. Often, schemes to support think tanks turn out to be damaging to them and their objectives. On Think Tanks dedicates considerable efforts to study the role of funders and supporters in shaping think tanks and their contribution to policy and public life.

Of particular interest for On Think Tanks is the role of domestic funders, transparency, and the long term development of individual skills, organisational competence, and the institutions that will maximise the contribution of research to policy.

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On Think Tanks Conference 2019: Washington DC

World Resources Institute, 10 G St NE #800, Washington, DC 20002

The first On Think Tanks Conference in the US will be held June 25 2019 at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC. The conference will bring together think tank scholars, policy entrepreneurs and funders to...

June 25, 2019

Free webinar: The think tank-funder relationship

In this webinar, Ruth Levine, who works at a foundation that supports many think tanks and previously held a senior position at the Center for Global Development, will describe ways in which think tank leaders and...

May 22, 2019

Core funding unexpected (positives)

By Enrique Mendizabal

Core funding from foreign aid funders for think tanks in developing countries does not seem like a revolutionary idea - but it is. Think about it: a funder provides long term funding for an...

December 14, 2018

Nine webinars on sustainability for think tanks


Between 2016 and 2018, OTT supported the Latin American network of think tanks, ILAIPP, to strengthen the sustainability capacity of the network and of its members. The project involved of: Direct support to...

December 9, 2018

Takeaways from the 2018 TTI Exchange

By Hari Dilip Kumar

As part of the 2018 OTT-TTI Fellowship Programme, I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Think Tank Initiative Exchange (TTIX) along with 23 other Young Leaders from around the globe. The...

November 26, 2018