Why is funding important?

Funding is a key concern for every think tank due to how it affects its sustainability, the people that are part of it, the type of research that is conducted, as well as the potential for having real policy influence. Many think tanks increasingly recognize that their current funding models can have consequences (especially in terms of their weaknesses) in their ability to continuously produce high quality research that is relevant and useful within their policy environments. There is also increasing interest from think tanks in understanding how to develop or strengthen domestic support for their work, often recognising that they rely too heavily on international cooperation or on conducting isolated projects under a consultancy model.


However, very few organisations and individuals in developing countries can allocate resources (time and funds, especially) to produce and/or discuss existing knowledge on these issues.

Some recent funding capacity building activities

  • Online course: Re-thinking your Funding Model (2014). More information and curriculum.
  • Online course: Re-thinking your Funding Model (2015).
  • Mentoring support to during six months to carry out any Funding related plan/activity. Sponsored by the Think Tank Fund.


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Trainings are delivered both in English and Spanish.

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