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TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: Grupo FARO

This funding will enhance Grupo FARO's role as a credible public policy institution in Ecuador by strengthening its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About Grupo FARO
Fundación para el Avance de las Reformas y las Oportunidades (Grupo FARO) is a non-partisan, independent public policy institution that supports active participation from civil society, the business sector, and public institutions to ensure democracy, efficiency, and equality in public policies.

Grupo FARO's research agenda covers five areas:
-environment and society
-public governance
-equality and social opportunity
-information society
-growth and competitiveness

It receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Research to influence policy
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 Grupo FARO, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Better public policy research in Ecuador
Through this support over the next 4.5 years, Grupo FARO is expected to
-increase the number of collaborative projects involving local and international researchers
-establish a body of research anchored in participatory research methodologies
-strengthen research quality assurance procedures
-mobilize resources from alternative sources of funding, including private sector and universities
-enhance financial sustainability through training programs
-expand board membership and its involvement in mobilizing resources
-increase research staff retention
-raise Grupo FARO's visibility in the media and in policy-making circles
-build public servants' capacity through targeted training courses

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
Julie Lafrance
Total Funding
CA$ 1,105,326.00
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Orazio Bellettini Cedeno
Fundación para el Avance de las Reformas y las Oportunidades - Grupo FARO