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TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa

This funding will help strengthen the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa's (CSEA) role as a credible public policy institution in Nigeria by enhancing its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa
CSEA is an independent, non-profit, policy research organization that conducts applied research on economic policy issues. Its research areas include macroeconomic management, transparency and accountability, opinion research, and polling. CSEA plans to establish an independent research agenda in the areas of public financial management, climate change, oil revenue management, governance, international studies, and science and technology. It receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Support to research institutions
TTI is a multi-funder program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

This second TTI phase (2014-2019) will fund 43 institutions, helping them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally. For CSEA, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Improved quality, increased influence
With the 4.5 year term TTI core grant support, CSEA is expected to
-implement its 2012-2016 strategic plan
-conduct high-quality evidence-based research to inform policy-making in Nigeria and Africa
-establish a research quality assurance system to ensure high-quality research outputs
-transform into a recognized policy research institution with strong governance and leadership systems
-establish its path to long-term sustainability with diverse funding sources (increased core funding and financial support for research projects)
-become more visible and influential in the media and with policy stakeholders

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
Flaubert Mbiekop
Total Funding
CA$ 702,682.00
South of Sahara
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Dr Chukwuka Onyekwena
Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa



Final technical report - TTI phase 2 institutional support : Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA)