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.

    Deadline: August 19.

    For further details, see: Think Tank Initiative Funding Website

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