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You may be proud of being ranked as a top think tank, but what about your staff?

Much is said about rankings of think tanks. Few are happy about global or regional rankings but even fewer are willing to challenge the publicly. It is better to be on the ranking than to not be on it, is the answer (or excuse) I often get from directors who, although disagree with the University of Pensilvania ranking’s methods, still use it. 453 more words

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Fundraising should be fun... but it is also a very serious matter

I came across a recent article by Arthur C Brooks, President at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), via a very interesting and useful site: Inside Philanthropy… 1,106 more words

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Transparify: Donors need to reveal their funding to think tanks abroad

Over the past two decades, support by Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. Conventional wisdom has it that such think tanks strengthen democracy and improve the policy formulation process. 976 more words

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Building sustainable think tanks is a long-run endeavour: the future of ACBF

In earlier posts, I mentioned that the ACBF co-organized the Pretoria meeting. It has supported African think tanks for more than two decades, and provides funding to 6 of the current African cohort of the Think Tank Initiative. 445 more words

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"Think Tanks in Africa: Catalysts for Ideas and Action" by Dr. Frannie Léautier

Dr. Frannie Léautier, former Executive Secretary of ACBF who now runs Mkoba, a private equity firm, is among the smartest analysts of African think tanking, and she never disappoints. 276 more words

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Observations from a gathering of African Think Tanks: Of visas, rankings and existential threats

I was privileged and lucky to have attended a meeting in Pretoria last month on ‘the role of think tanks in transforming Africa’. Privileged because of the erudite participants I rubbed shoulders with. 955 more words

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Supporting think tanks series: synthesis of the think pieces -(possible) recommendations

The following practical implications and (possible) recommendations build on some of the conclusions and suggestions included in the previous post on supporting think tanks. They are based on a series of think pieces commissioned to support the evaluation of a pilot of the Knowledge Sector Initiative: 3,119 more words

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