Posted February 16, 2016

In the sixth post in this series, Dr. Michael Ofori-Mensah of IEA-Ghana describes his institution’s focus on strengthening research quality for the OCB project. He outlines the processes undertaken throughout the life of this action research project, including the introduction of a peer review system, and the significant results his think tank experienced.

Posted February 9, 2016

In the fifth post in this series, Antonia Mutoro (previously of the IPAR-Rwanda) writes about the power of a mentoring approach as the institution’s most important lesson during the OCB process. She highlights the importance of recruiting the right mentors, engaging in M&E, and creating an exit strategy for the mentor and mentee.

Posted February 3, 2016

In the fourth post in this series, Asif Saeed Memon and Mome Saleem of Pakistan’s SDPI delve into the challenging national context that regularly influences their work, providing an interesting overview of the many challenges that think tanks like SDPI face in Pakistan when it comes to conducting quality research and advocating for policy change.

Posted January 27, 2016

In the third post in this series, Roshni Alles of CEPA shares the challenges of participatory approaches to effecting change within an organization. She outlines her Sri Lankan think tank’s unique organizational culture of decentralized decision-making, highlighting both the successes and challenges that result from this approach.

Posted January 21, 2016

In the second post in this series, Andrea Ordóñez (previously of Grupo FARO) discusses the challenge of maintaining a rigorous research process while working towards an overall goal of shaping policies. She focuses on the importance of balancing impact and rigour with honesty in the Ecuadorian context.

Posted January 20, 2016

Around the world, strong think tanks undertake high-quality research that feeds into policy debates, enabling policymakers to make informed public policy decisions. But how do these think tanks engage in the organizational capacity building (OCB) processes that serve to continuously strengthen their institutions, and how does OCB play out in their day-to-day realities? This is the first post in a series on think tanks and organizational capacity building.

Posted July 20, 2015

The April 18th Libyan boat disaster represented the largest single day loss of life during a migrant crossing to Europe in history. Given the steady stream of migrants arriving by boat to Southern Europe every month, coupled with the estimated 1,750 migrants that have died in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, many European countries have faced a serious wake-up call, triggering pleas for collective action.