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Transnational Institute (TNI)

Address: PO Box 14656
City: 1001 LD Amsterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 20 662 66 08
Fax Number: 31 20 675 71 76
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About TNI
Founded in 1974, the Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international network of activist-scholars committed to critical analyses of the global problems of today and tomorrow, with a view to providing intellectual support to those movements concerned to steer the world in a democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable direction.

In the spirit of public scholarship, and aligned to no political party, TNI seeks to create and promote international co-operation in analysing and finding possible solutions to such global problems as militarism and conflict, poverty and marginalisation, social injustice and environmental degradation.

TNI programmes engage in a broad range of research, policy advocacy and civil society networking activities.

  • The Alternative Regionalisms programme addresses the question of alternative development from the perspective of social movements and regional coalitions of civil society organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It facilitates cross-regional exchanges on a South-South and South-North basis through a series of Peoplesí Dialogues.

  • The Drugs and Democracy programme analyses global trends in drugs policy and promotes a pragmatic approach to tackling illegal drugs based on harm reduction principles. Its work on drugs and conflict in the Andean/Amazon region, Afghanistan and Burma forges connections between illicit drugs and wider issues of demilitarisation, democratisation, public health promotion and poverty reduction. These are then reflected in attempts to influence the policy debate at UN and regional decision-making levels.

  • The New Politics programme engages with innovations and experimentation by social movements, progressive political parties and governments worldwide. It stimulates new thinking and policy proposals on participatory democracy, political organisation, urban governance and rural democratisation.

  • The Environmental Justice project monitors the negative impact of pollution trading upon environmental, social and economic justice, and works to develop community-led responses to it.

  • The Militarism and Globalisation project analyses the changing global frameworks for military intervention and the spread of new security infrastructures. Its current focus includes work on defence industrial reorganisation and the accountability of foreign military bases.

  • The Water Justice project promotes participatory, public sector water as the most viable means to achieve the goal of water for all. It facilitates the creation of new regional and global networks to promote public-public co-operation in the water sector. TNI also publishes a Public Services yearbook on the impact of privatisation and experiences of public sector reform globally.

  • Fellows
    At the heart of TNI lies a committed core of fellows. Since 1974, the TNI fellowship programme has included activist intellectuals and internationalists drawn from all continents. They include journalists, independent researchers and writers, academics, policy consultants and the directors of like-minded institutes. The current fellows are:

    Mariano Aguirre
    Marcos Arruda
    Walden Bello
    Phyllis Bennis
    Praful Bidwai
    Kees Biekart
    Brid Brennan
    John Cavanagh
    Daniel Chavez
    Susan George
    Jochen Hippler
    Martin Jelsma
    Boris Kagarlitsky
    Dot Keet
    Kamil Mahdi
    Joel Rocamora
    David Sogge
    Myriam Vander Stichele
    Achin Vanaik
    Howard Wachtel
    Hilary Wainwright

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