Funding

P&I and contributors seek to study different funding environments, funding actors (national and international) and funding models/mechanisms/channels, and understand how these affect opportunities for research and evidence to inform policymaking processes.

 

Join the ride: a short course on re thinking funding models within the Evolving Think Tanks Series

[Editor’s Note: As part of the Evolving Think Tanks Series of the On Think Tanks School, P&I team will deliver the short course “Re-thinking your funding model”.]   

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Working on your funding model: more ideas from our course

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training "Re thinking funding models", supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

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Re think your funding model: challenge the assumption and move away from the comfort zone

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Maria Stratan, from the Institute for Public Policies in the Republic of Moldova. It is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training "Re thinking funding models", supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

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What concerns think-tankers about their funding models?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training "Re thinking funding models", supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

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Sustainability of funding models: what can it really mean?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training "Re thinking funding models", supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative..]

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Is your funding model a good friend to your research?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that looks into think tank funding models. It is based on a course that Politics & Ideas has delivered to a group of think tanks in Central Eastern Europe and Nepal]

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The Dollars and Sense of Ethical Practices in Think Tanks

[Editor's Note: This post was written by Ruth Levine, Program Director, Global Development and Population Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and it was originally published at Research to Action. ]

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Teamwork: working with Management, Trustees and Donors to raise funds

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that looks into think tank funding models. It is based on a course that Politics & Ideas has delivered to a group of think tanks in Central Eastern Europe and Nepal]

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The Fundraising Cycle: building from an opportunity to a long-term relationship

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that looks into think tank funding models. It is based on a course that Politics & Ideas has delivered to a group of think tanks in Central Eastern Europe and Nepal]

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Investing your funds...acknowledging your priorities

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on an online course that had been delivered to think tanks in CEE and Nepal under the Think Tank Fund´s support, led by Vanesa Weyrauch and Tomás Garzón de la Roza]

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The Fundraising Function : how do you organise it and why?

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Funding and research: a difficult matchmaking

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on an online course that is currently being offered to think tanks in CEE and Nepal under the Think Tank Fund´s support, led by Vanesa Weyrauch and Tomás Garzón de la Rosa]

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Communications and fund raising: a close relationship

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on a course that is currently under development.]

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What is a successful funding model?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on a course that is currently under development.]

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Making Transparency Transparent: What We Learnt

[Editor's note: This post was written by Hans Gutbrod, coordinator of Transparify, which advocates for greater think tank transparency.] 

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Re-thinking funding models: a short survey and an upcoming course

At Politics & Ideas, we are working to put together an online course focused on understanding funding models that think tanks employ around the world, and their implications. Our assumption is that different funding schemes (e.g. through contracts, core funds and/or project funds) can have fundamental implications on the way policy research is done, as well as in communications and management of think tanks - just to mention some of their core functions.

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Why is changing donor-driven research agendas so hard?

Funding is one of the pillars of our research agenda, because it is a hassle both for the recipients as for the givers since matching the interests of both is not always an easy task. There is a growing interest in organizations that develop research and ideas for policy, mostly in the development community but also in local philanthropic communities, hence the question: how should they be funded?

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Governmental research funding frameworks in Latin America

How is governmental funding of think tanks in Latin America structured, and how does this affect them? Martin Lardone and Marcos Roggero answer this question in their study El rol del Estado en el financiamiento de la investigación sobre políticas públicas en América Latina, based on a sample of twelve countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela); interviews with nearly 40 think tanks; and interviews with 60 researchers, civil servants and representatives from international cooperation.

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Common funding myths: lessons from Nigeria

The sources from which think tanks get their funding from may present different challenges and scenarios. More often than not, these can turn into stereotypes which may not always be true: for instance, government funding may not always undermine think tank independence, while private funding may not always ensure it. Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu of the South African Institute of International Affairs examines the Nigerian case in order to exemplify the types of scenarios that can emerge when the government is the major source of funding for think tanks, as well as situations in which think tanks’ depend heavily on foreign funding. In both cases, queries about the independence of the institutions come up, and whether or not it consists of a client relationship, which could possibly inhibit criticism of governmental authorities or influence think tank policy recommendations.

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Involving the private sector in funding ideas: planning a fundraising event (part 2)

Editor’s note: this post was jointly written with María Laffaire, responsible for individual funders at CIPPEC’s Institutional Development Direction, and was fed with inputs from Inés Lanz, Director of Communication at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina.

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Involving the private sector in funding ideas: planning a fundraising event (part 1)

Editor’s note: this post was jointly written with María Laffaire, responsible for individual funders at CIPPEC’s Institutional Development Direction, and was fed with inputs from Inés Lanz, Director of Communication at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina.

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Global research organisations, foreign funding and absent states: the health research agenda in Peru

In the academic world, little attention has been paid to how the priorities and agendas of global research organisations, along with their funding mechanisms, affect research projects in developing countries where there is a lack of state interest in research. Globalized Research and ‘‘National Science’’: The Case of Peru, by Carlos F. Caceres and  Walter Mendoza, is an article published in the Academic Journal of Public Health in 2009 that tries to remedy this void. Using Peru as a case study to analyse how the state and the academic community react to funding sources and develop research policy processes, it found that research policy development and evaluation processes are inadequate, as there were few activities in the areas of promotion, planning and identification of needs, as well as of development of institutional capacities. Most academic research related to health is published in English, and researchers’ access to funds is limited. There might be many researchers in Peru but no national science agenda, as there are no debates on research priorities, little use of research for policy formulation, and no investment policies that involve local funding (either private or governmental).

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