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 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.