01 January 2010

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

TNI has a reputation for well researched analysis on key global issues long before they become mainstream concerns. As a non-sectarian institute made up of researchers, scholar-activists and movement-builders, TNI uniquely combines a ‘big picture’ analysis with proposals and solutions that are both just and pragmatic. Our capacity to build long-term respectful mutual relationships with strategic social movements is helping put radical ideas into movement. 


How we work

Stories of transformation

Exposing ISDS

Do you think citizens have the right in a democracy to curb nuclear power or require ‘plain packaging’ for cigarettes to protect people’s health? Probably yes. But most people don’t know that these actions have led to states being sued in secretive investment courts for billions of dollars by global corporations. TNI’s investigative work has exposed this unjust corporate protection system and forced changes in policy.


Proposing drug policy solutions

TNI has emerged as one of the world’s leading institutes on drug policy reform – unique for our technical and policy expertise and for our pioneering proposals related to farmer participation, harm reduction on the supply side and regulation of markets for cannabis and mild stimulants. Our work has contributed to breaking the deadlock on prohibitionist drug policy that has dominated in the last decades.


Partnering with organisations in Myanmar

TNI’s staff and researchers’ intimate knowledge of the country and its people has played an important role in supporting emerging social movements, brokering dialogues, providing information and analysis, and sensitising international players to the dynamics of Burma’s transition from military dictatorship.


Sharing public water best practices

TNI has been at the heart of the global movement against water privatisation, bringing together activists, researchers, trade unionists and public water utility managers to develop effective and just public utilities that deliver access to water for all.

What they say about us