About TNI

The Transnational Institute (TNI) carries out cutting-edge analysis on critical global issues, builds alliances with grassroots social movements, develops proposals for a more sustainable and just world.

Transnational Institute (TNI) was established in 1974 as an international network of research activists committed to critical analyses of the global problems of today and tomorrow, with a view to providing relevant research and ideas to those movements concerned to steer the world in a democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable direction. TNI engages in a broad range of research, policy advocacy and civil society networking activities:

  • A leading respected global voice on drugs policy and promotes a pragmatic approach to tackling illegal drugs based on harm reduction principles.
  • Promotes participatory, public sector water as the most viable means to achieve the goal of water for all, helping to coordinate key regional and global networks committed to public sector reform globally.
  • Confronts the dogma of trade liberalisation, which like financial liberalisation has led to increased inequality, and actively engages with the building of alternatives, such as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas based on regional cooperation and solidarity
  • Engages with innovations and experimentation by social movements, progressive political parties and governments worldwide, stimulating new thinking and policy proposals on participatory democracy, political organisation, urban governance and rural democratisation.
  • Monitors the negative social and environmental impact of carbon pollution trading and other free market responses to global warming, and works to develop community-led responses to it.
  • Analyses the changing global frameworks for military intervention and the spread of new security infrastructures.