Deadline: 24 July 2017
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is seeking expressions of interest from Myanmar-based think tanks to receive general budget support or core funding to allow them to undertake mid to long-term planning, establish their own research priorities, and invest in creating strong research programs that will ultimately influence policy outcomes.
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The aim is to strengthen Myanmar’s local research institutions or “think thanks” to generate high-quality evidence and make lasting contributions to policymaking. This initiative will help fund both the think tank’s research program and operating costs in three broad areas: general organizational development, research methods and skills, and communication and outreach.
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Grants of up to CA$400,000 will be made to each selected think tank over a maximum period of 36 months or three years (2017–2020).
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This call is part of the Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar initiative that intends to strengthen a select group of independent policy research institutions (think tanks) based in Myanmar, so as to enable these institutions to provide effective, objective, and high-quality research that informs and ultimately influences policy.
Specifically, the initiative aims to select a group of at least three promising independent policy research think tanks and provide a combination of general funding, dedicated capacity development training, and other technical support to strengthen their performance in the three following areas:
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- Organizational performance
- Research quality
- Communications and outreach
- This call is open to independent policy research institutions (“think tanks”), based in Myanmar whose research is centered on national-level issues of democratic transition and economic development.
- The think tank should have experience in assessing Myanmar’s policy context and have a track record of quality research and outreach capacities — or has the potential to conduct such research and analysis.
- The candidate must be considered a credible organization by some policymakers and willing to expand contacts with government officials, media, and other policy actors to identify key issues, share research results, and stimulate policy debates in Myanmar.
- The think tank should have a strong gender approach and promote gender equality through research.
How to Apply
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Applicants must submit their expressions of interest at the address given on the website.
Eligible Country: Myanmar
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For more information, please visit Call for Expressions of Interest.