Think Tank Initiative Funding

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Think Tank Initiative Funding: Think Tank Initiative invites applications from independent African organisations that are committed to using research to inform and influence social and economic policy.

The Initiative will provide multi-year funding to promising think tanks, and will work with successful applicants to improve their organizational performance.


The Initiative will make a series of core grants to cover operating and research costs as well as institutional strengthening activities.

Given limited resources available, the Initiative will initially focus on the following selected countries:

  • East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  • West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal.

    Grants will provide up to 30 percent of an institution’s overall budget over the funding period.

    Core grants will be either a four-year renewable grant or a two-year renewable grant combined with dedicated capacity development to address key weaknesses.

    Newly-established think tanks may be provided with a short-term grant to support a strategic planning exercise. Assuming successful completion of these grants, applicants would then be invited to re-apply for longer-term support.

    Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant is an existing or newly formed non-governmental, not-for-profit organization legally founded and registered as an independent entity3 in the country of operation.

  • Applicant possesses a track record of rigorous research and analysis on national social and economic policy issues related to growth, equity and poverty reduction.

  • Applicant is committed to using research to inform national public debate and to create spaces for discussion and new ideas.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    Deadline: August 19.

    For further details, see: Think Tank Initiative Funding Website

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