Organisational Change

What is a successful funding model?

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.] At Politics & Ideas, we are currently working to understand how different…

Making Transparency Transparent: What We Learnt

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.]  In recent months, Transparify has been advocating for think tanks to become more transparent about who funds them. We rated 169 think tanks…

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….