South Asian think tanks to share successes, challenges at regional meeting

The 5th Annual South Asian Regional Meeting of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) will take place in Sohna, India, ​from November 18-20, 2015.

18/11/2015, India, Asia - Around 100 participants will gather in Sohna, India, for the 5th Annual South Asian Regional Meeting of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI), ​from November 18-20, 2015.

The Think Tank Initiative, a multi-million, multi-funder effort with commitments from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and managed by IDRC, is dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

Transforming evidence into policy
This year’s event, organized by India’s Centre for Policy Research, is an opportunity for representatives from 14 think tanks in the South Asian region, based out of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, to come together to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and opportunities, and share successes on key national, regional, and global public policy issues they work on. Along with representatives from each think tank, participants will include high-level policymakers, donor representatives, and other policy stakeholders.

Five thematic sessions will focus on how think tanks are contributing to global challenges relating to urbanization, climate change, agriculture/water, social development/poverty, and governance/accountability. The purpose of these sessions will be to highlight key debates, showcase data and evidence, and share examples of how think tanks are instrumental in transforming evidence into policy action.

Please note that this is a closed event.

Published: 17 Nov 2015

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Websites: Original announcement from IDRC What is Think Tank Initiative? Watch the video here How Think Tank Initiative grantees in South Asia are informing policies in the region