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Strengthening Policy Research

Strengthening Policy Research
Role of Think Tank Initiative in South Asia

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Sukhadeo Thorat - Chairman, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Ajaya Dixit - Executive Director, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal, Kathmandu
  • Samar Verma - Senior Program Specialist, Think Tank Initiative, International Development Research Centre, Asia Regional Office, New Delhi.

January 2019 | 428 pages | SAGE India
Strengthening Policy Research: Role of Think Tank Initiative in South Asia is a vivid presentation of the diverse journeys of think tanks under the aegis of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) programme managed by the International Development Research Centre in South Asia. The book extensively discusses the three areas of TTI support to strengthen think tanks, viz., organizational performance, research quality and policy engagement. It emphatically demonstrates the crucial role of long-term core support in strengthening think tanks for more rigorous research quality as the basis for public policymaking. It presents a rich tapestry of complex pathways that each think tank adopts to engage in policy outreach in their respective domains. The book makes a strong, evidence-based case on how even limited yet assured funding to think tanks leads to enhanced organizational capacities for good quality research, effective policy outreach and improved sustainability. It firmly puts forth the view that governments need to work jointly with private funding organizations to strengthen think tanks, which is in the best interest of evidence-informed and effective public policy-making.

Anindya Chatterjee
Foreword by
Peter Taylor
Foreword by
Part I: Introduction
Andrew Hurst, Seema Bhatia-Panthaki and Samar Verma
Think Tank Initiative: A Bold Experiment in Strengthening Think Tanks
Part II: The Journey of Think Tanks: Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Sultan Hafeez Rahman and Kaneta Zillur
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Fahmida Khatun
Centre for Policy Dialogue
Udan Fernando
Centre for Poverty Analysis
Dushni Weerakoon
Institute of Policy Studies
Ajaya Dixit
Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal
Abid Q Suleri
Sustainable Development Policy Institute
Khalida Ghaus
Social Policy Development Centre
Part III: The Journey of Think Tanks: India
Subrat Das and Happy Pant
Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability
Yamini Aiyar
Centre for Policy Research
Sanjay Kumar
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
Anshu Bharadwaj
Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy
G. C. Pal and Sanghmitra S Acharya
Indian Institute of Dalit Studies
Shekhar Shah
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Meena Nair and Gurucharan Gollerkeri
Public Affairs Centre
Part IV: Social Science Research and TTI: Country-Level Synthesis
Fahmida Khatun
Social Science Research and TTI: Bangladesh
Sanghmitra S Acharya, Chandrani Dutta and G C Pal
Social Science Research and TTI: India
Ajaya Dixit and Ashutosh Shukla
Social Science Research and TTI: Nepal
Abid Q Suleri
Social Science Research and TTI: Pakistan
S Sirimevan Colombage and P R M P Dilrukshi Ranathunge
Social Science Research and TTI: Sri Lanka
Part V: The Role of Think Tanks in South Asia: A Synthesis
Sukhadeo Thorat, Ajaya Dixit and Samar Verma
The Role of the Think Tank Initiative in South Asia
Part VI: Life after TTI: Challenges and the Way Forward
Ajaya Dixit, Samar Verma and Sukhadeo Thorat
Life after TTI: Challenges and the Way Forward
Key features

·         The book brings out the Think Tank Initiative’s role in helping the individual think tanks build networks with policymakers, civil society and the media. 

·         It emphasises the need for improvement in governmental and public perception of the use of expertise and evidence produced by think tanks in enabling social change.

·         The book will help strengthen the social policy research ecosystem with core funding from current and new donors, including national research grant councils.

·         It will highlight the need to understand the role of gender and similar factors in creating greater effectiveness in social research.


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