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Core Team

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) is Bangladesh’s premier civil society think tank. Since 1993, CPD provides public policy analysis on frontier issues, critical to Bangladesh’s development.

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) is a professional school of international affairs at Carleton University.  Founded in 1965, it is Canada’s oldest school of international affairs.  NPSIA takes an interdisciplinary and applied approach to the study of global issues, reflecting the philosophy that exposure to a wide range of disciplines is necessary to develop an understanding of our complex global environment.

Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals is a network of 48 think tanks from Africa, Latin America and South Asia that aims to enhance the quality of international development policy analysis, strengthen the global outreach capacity of Southern think tanks, and facilitate professional linkages between these think tanks and their respective governments.

Country Partners

The Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE) is a private non-profit, non-partisan research center. Founded in 1980, its mission is to conduct research that stimulates and enriches public policy in areas relevant to development in Peru and other Latin American countries.

Founded in 2005, The Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) is a space for reflection, dialogue and ideas on agricultural and rural policies in Senegal and West Africa.

Founded in 1995, Policy Research for Development (REPOA) is a leading independent research institution in Tanzania specializing in policy research on socio-economic and development issues.

The Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS) was established in 1996 within the Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ghana. The Centre aims to promote broader social protection research, training and advocacy to deepen social policy formulation and practice in Ghana.

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is a pan-African not-for-profit organisation based in Nairobi that aims to increase the capacity of African academic institutions and researchers to contribute stronger evidence based research on public policy that can have a positive impact on pro-poor development policies in Africa.

The University of Sierra Leone is committed to generating and transmitting knowledge through quality teaching and research for sustained development.


The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening the capacity of independent policy research organizations in the developing world. Launched in 2008 and managed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Initiative is a partnership between five donors.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We are an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.