Are you a Researcher from the Global South? Apply for the Young Think Tankers Pitching Contest

Are you a Researcher from the Global South? Apply for the Young Think Tankers Pitching Contest

Southern Voice is organizing a pitching contest for young think tankers from the Global South, in collaboration with On Think Tanks (OTT). The aim is to promote collaboration among young researchers and policy advocates within think tanks from Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean. The process begins with the call for proposals today. Young scholars can apply until 31st May. Persons up to 35 years old, affiliated with research organizations, think tanks, universities, or other academic institutions (both government and non-government) from the Global South are eligible to apply. 

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Shortlisted participants will be invited to a virtual event in September where they will present their three-minute pitches. It should feature practical and applicable solutions to improve collaboration among young think tankers of the Global South. 

Three winners will be selected and invited to showcase their ideas at the Southern Voice Conference to be held in October 2023 in Kenya. All travel expenses will be covered by Southern Voice. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, share your ideas, and contribute to the future of the Global South! 


The  Our  Common  Agenda  report  by  the  UN  Secretary  General  emphasized  including  youth  into  decision  making  and  delivering  on  their  priorities.  However,  the  role  of  young  think  tankers  from  the  Global  South  has  been  largely  missing  from  global  development  discourse.  Think  tanks,  situated  at  the  confluence  of  research  and  policy,  are  critical  in  supporting  evidence-based  policymaking.  The  young  researchers  and  policy  advocates  within  these  think  tanks  are  the  potential  leaders  of  tomorrow,  and  hence  inclusion  of  their  voices  will  help  center  southern  perspectives  in  the  international  agenda.  Furthermore,  an  investment  into  their  collaborations  will  translate  into  a  future  where  think  tanks  in  the  Global  South  are  better interconnected.  Young  Think  Tankers  (YTTs)  are  early  career  research  and  policy  professionals  working  in  think  tanks  and  research/policy  organisations  to  support  a  diversity  of  social  changes.  A  recent  survey  of  Southern  Voice’s  YTT  network  highlights  the  low  rate  of  collaborations  among  young  think  tankers  of  the  Global  South.  Half  of  the  respondents  had  only  occasionally  or  never  worked  with  peers  within  their  continent,  and  this  figure  increased  to  77%  when  we  asked  them  about  working  with  young  researchers  from  other  regions  in  the  Global  South.


Young think tankers must fulfill the following criteria: 

● Up to 35 years old 

● Affiliated  with  research  organisations,  think  tanks,  policy  wings  of  government/legislatures,  universities/other  academic  institutions,  policy  network  organisations  or  any  such  research  institutions  of  government/non-government  nature  from  the  Global  South 

The winners

The  three  winners  will  get  the  opportunity  to  showcase  their  ideas  at  the  Southern  Voice  conference  in  November  in  Kenya.  Southern Voice  will  fund  their  travel.  They  will  also  be  invited  to  become  the  steering  group  for  improving  networking  opportunities  among  early  career  policy  professionals  of  the  Global  South  to  promote the ideas suggested throughout the pitching contest.

Apply Here: https://southernvoice.org/calling-all-global-south-young-think-tankers/

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