Organisational Change

Strengthening Grupo Faro’s Board of Directors

Strengthening Grupo Faro’s Board of Directors

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Orazio Bellettini, Director of Grupo FARO in Ecuador. It is part of a series of posts emerging from a long term mentoring project that also includes ASIES, in Guatemala. It was also published at the blog Onthinktanks]…

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

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…

Resources for executive directors: competences, structure and tools

[Editor’s note: This post originally appeared at On Think Tanks. It is part of a series of posts reflecting on a mentoring project with ASIES from Guatemala and Grupo Faro from Ecuador.] Too many resources for think tanks are focused…

Politics & Ideas one year into the road: what have we achieved?

Politics & Ideas one year into the road: what have we achieved?

As we end up our first year of life, at P&I we are even more convinced about the value of co-producing knowledge that will allow us to think critically about the relations between ideas, research, and politics to support a more constructive use of…

Why is changing donor-driven research agendas so hard?

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…

More reflections on transitions in think tanks’ executive direction:  FUSADES’ experience

More reflections on transitions in think tanks’ executive direction: FUSADES’ experience

A few weeks ago I shared an article about background profiles and qualities of think tanks’ directors, followed by some reflections about the processes that led the think tanks FEDESARROLLO (Colombia) and CIPPEC (Argentina) to appoint a new Executive Director….

The future of think tank communications in Peru

The future of think tank communications in Peru

Two months ago, a group of UK based think tank communicators organised an event on the future of think tank communications. In response, GRADE and On Think Tanks are organising the first of several events on a similar topic. The…

Common funding myths: lessons from Nigeria

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…

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

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. Last week I wrote about…