How to use search on hosts a library-like collection of analyses and essays on a broad range of subjects. Here's some tips and tricks to help you find what you're looking for. 

We currently have over 20,000 items, of which there are 204 collections, over 14,000 articles, over 1800 publications, more than 600 events and 3200 profiles (authors, organisations, networks).

Looking for a specific article/report

Use "keyword matching" by typing specific keywords or combinations in the search field. 

When you know at least one word you can start your search, for instance "food" : 


Two words will increase your chances of finding what you are looking for in this example "food" and "sovereignty":

  • A. You can search for items containing the words "food" and/either "sovereignty" by filling in: food sovereignty
  • B. If you search for the specific term "food sovereignty" as one fixed string of words you can add quotation marks: "food sovereignty"

You can also seach for partial words, if you know the first letters (wildcard matching) 

Let try and find things that contain any word starting with foo: foo*


Filtering the results

Still see a lot of results after a keyword search? Here's what you can try next


Your results are automatically sorted by the last used setting. If you opted for 'relevance' in your previous search it will be sorted in that order. And vice versa; did you sort on date, it will show results in order of publication date.


You can also use the filters in the right column. Filters only appear for options matching your key words (Socalled faceted search) Click on the downward arrow to open the specific filter options. (Language is usually open by default)

Language  Drilling down to only English or Spanish will still leave you with a lot of results, but if what you are looking for is in French than this is a very good place to use a filter. 

Author If you know the author of a piece this can be a good filter to use 

Date If you are certain about the year a piece was published this can be a helpful way to filter down the number of results

Project If you know a bit more about the structure of TNI's organisation and how we group our work and issues in programmes and projects this is a very useful filter.

Issue Issues are used to collect content around a certain topic of interest, event or theme. Over the years TNI has worked on many of these but in combination with keywords this can be a useful filter.

Tags There are even more tags used on this website than issues but none the less using tags in combination with initial keywords are helpful.

Regions We try to add the relevant regions to all our publications, but some material, especially older pieces, might not have relevant regions tagged.

Series TNI has published some series over the years, if you know what you're looking for is part of one of these, this is a helpful filter.

Type Some of what we publish is more time bound, while other material can be considered to have a longer life span. This is the arbitrary divide we've made between publications and articles. We also post events and profiles on the website. These are 'types' of items and this filter can be useful if you know what the type of information is that you are looking for. It's also understandable that as a visitor you don't really know how to decide if something is a paper or an opinion.

People We collaborate with many people and partners and have their profiles on our website. This filter enables you to search for 'consultants' or 'staff' or other roles.

Excluding results unfortunately it is not easy to select filters to be excluded from the results. It is possibe to add a -term to your querie:  "food" "-sovereignty" 

Couldn't find it, or only after some hard work? Please send your feedback and help improve our website and search function.

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