Highlight: Latin American think tanks focus on long-term survival

17/04/2012, Paraguay, Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin American grantees of the Think Tank Initiative gathered March 26-28 in Asunción, Paraguay, for a workshop on resource mobilization. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen the think tanks’ ability to sustain their operations over the long term.

Workshop presentations looked at think tank business models, and the tools and techniques for mobilizing resources. In all, 45 people from 12 think tanks in seven Latin American countries gathered to share experiences and discuss resource mobilization strategies. Participants included the organizations’ board members, executive directors, and administrative or financial officers.

The Think Tank Initiative is an ambitious global effort to increase policy development capacity in developing countries. It currently provides core funding to 49 think tanks located in 22 countries in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. The initiative is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the British and Dutch governments, and IDRC.

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