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  1. mPOWER

    10 September 2018
    Topic

    When it comes to managing the energy transition the need for municipal level innovation has never been clearer. In recent years, we have seen some successes, where innovative ideas have led to more equitable, just and democratic energy policies. However, the sharing of these ideas has been limited, and they have tended to remain local and specific. To achieve large scale, replicable success we need a coordinated and integrated approach for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Enter: mPOWER

    mPOWER is a 4-year programme that will enable in-depth, wide-scale and systematic city to city learning among at least 100 local public authorities, in order to replicate innovative best practices in municipal energy, and developing ambitious energy transition plans.

    To find out more about mPOWER, visit municipalpower.org.

    mPOWER is run by a consortium composed of the University of Glasgow (UK), Platform (UK), Transnational Institute (Netherlands), Energy Cities (EU-wide), IPE (Croatia), University of the Basque Country (ES), and Carbon Co-op (UK).

    The mPOWER project and consortium are funded by the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme. The project started in May 2018 and will last four years.

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    Authoritarianism

    17 April 2018
    Topic

    The rise in authoritarianism is often credited to the successful machinations of charismatic, skillful charlatans, ignoring the longer historical trends towards authoritarianism which has become deeply embedded in contemporary politics, economics and society. TNI has brought together researchers and activists worldwide to examine the underlying causes of today's authoritarian wave with a view to examining how progressive forces' resistance can better challenge and articulate emancipatory alternatives.

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    Border Wars

    05 April 2018
    Topic

    The default response for dealing with rising numbers of refugees and migrants has been to militarise borders rather than address humanitarian needs or tackle the underlying causes of people forced to uproot from home. TNI's Border Wars work looks at the globalisation of border security, the way it criminalises refugees and those who support them, the policies that have put security above human rights, and the corporate interests that are driving the agenda and profiting from it.

  4. TNI remembers

    01 March 2018
    Topic

    This page contains the people - colleagues, fellows, associates - no longer amongst us.

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    Drugs & Conflict

    15 August 2017
    Topic
    Initially focusing on coca producing areas in the Andean Region, TNI's work on Drugs & Conflict has since expanded to cover the world’s main opium producing areas with a focus on Myanmar and Afghanistan. Over the past two decades, TNI staff has worked extensively with local organisations and researchers to advocate for more inclusive, effective and humane approaches to drug related issues in these conflict situations, while analysing the links between drug use, production, and conflict and what these mean for efforts to promote peaceful and just societies. TNI also focuses on promoting the rights of local communities involved in the cultivation of crops declared illicit, and their involvement in drug policy making, the peace process and the design and implementation of development programmes.
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    Land Policy in Colombia

    15 August 2017
    Topic

    For years, TNI’s work in Colombia has largely focussed on how public policies and political processes have affected (rural) communities and their collective efforts to democratise access to land, water, and other natural resources. In doing so, TNI has collaborated with local organisations and researchers, while simultaneously building bridges between grassroots movements and policymakers at the national and international level.

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    Política territorial en Colombia

    15 August 2017
    Topic

    Durante años, el trabajo del TNI en Colombia se ha centrado principalmente en cómo las políticas públicas y los procesos políticos han afectado a las comunidades (rurales) y sus esfuerzos colectivos para democratizar el acceso a la tierra, el agua y otros recursos naturales. Para ello, el TNI ha colaborado con organizaciones e investigadores e investigadoras locales, al tiempo que tiende puentes entre movimientos de base y responsables de políticas a escala nacional e internacional.

  8. Proceso de paz en Colombia

    15 August 2017
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    Después de más de cuatro años de negociaciones de paz en La Habana, el Gobierno colombiano y las FARC han dado pasos importantes hacia un acuerdo definitivo que ponga fin al largo conflicto. En esta página se reúnen documentos de referencia, así como los últimos análisis y actividades de incidencia del TNI en relación con diversos problemas sociales y económicos que son factores esenciales para la paz territorial en Colombia.

  9. Drogas y Conflicto

    15 August 2017
    Topic

    El trabajo del TNI en materia de Drogas y Conflicto se centró originalmente en las zonas productoras de coca de la región andina, pero se ha ido ampliando hasta abarcar las principales zonas productoras de opio del mundo, con un especial acento en Myanmar y Afganistán. En las últimas dos décadas, el TNI ha colaborado estrechamente con organizaciones e investigadores locales para abogar por planteamientos más inclusivos, eficaces y humanos en materia de drogas en estas situaciones de conflicto, analizando también los vínculos entre el uso de drogas, la producción y el conflicto, y sus repercusiones en las iniciativas que persiguen promover sociedades pacíficas y justas. El TNI también se dedica a fomentar los derechos de las comunidades locales que participan en la producción de cultivos declarados ilícitos, y su implicación en la formulación de políticas de drogas, el proceso de paz y la elaboración y ejecución de programas de desarrollo.

  10. Peace Process in Colombia

    15 August 2017
    Topic

    After more than four years of peace talks in Havana, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have taken important steps towards a definitive agreement to end the decades-long armed conflict in the country. This page provides some background information as well as TNI’s most recent analyses and advocacy work in relation with various social and economic issues that are essential factors in creating territorial peace in Colombia.

  11. UN Drug Control

    12 July 2017
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    The UN drug control system has been in place for more than half a century. Does it still serve its purpose or is reform of its legal and institutional architecture needed? There are many questions about outdated provisions, unintended consequences and tensions with today's UN norms in the fields of human rights, development, as well as peace and security. Find critical background and proposals for reform in this collection.
  12. Drug Law Reform

    12 July 2017
    Topic

    The TNI/CEDD (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho / Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law ) Drug Law Reform Project promotes more effective and humane drug policies through analysis of existing drug control policies and by promoting dialogue among key stakeholders and decision-makers. The project is focused on Latin America and hopes to stimulate  reforms by pointing out good practices and lessons learned in areas such as proportionality of sentences, prison reform, and the status of the coca leaf in the international conventions.

  13. Control de drogas de la ONU

    12 July 2017
    Topic

    El sistema de control de drogas de la ONU lleva funcionando más de medio siglo. ¿Sigue cumpliendo el propósito para el que fue creado o se debe reformar su arquitectura jurídica e institucional? Abundan los debates sobre las disposiciones obsoletas de las normas actuales de la ONU, así como sobre sus consecuencias no deseadas y las tensiones que generan en los ámbitos de los derechos humanos, el desarrollo, la paz y la seguridad. En esta colección reunimos documentos de referencia y propuestas de reforma.

  14. Reforma de las leyes de drogas

    12 July 2017
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    El proyecto 'Reforma de las leyes de drogas' del TNI y el CEDD (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho) promueve políticas de drogas más eficaces y humanas a través del análisis de las políticas vigentes y promoviendo el diálogo entre las partes interesadas y las personas encargadas de la adopción de decisiones. El proyecto se centra en América Latina y persigue estimular las reformas poniendo de relieve buenas prácticas y lecciones aprendidas en ámbitos como la proporcionalidad de las penas, la reforma penitenciaria y la situación de la hoja de coca en los convenios internacionales.

  15. Transformative cities

    02 June 2017
    Topic

    Transformative Cities is an opportunity for progressive local governments, municipalist coalitions, social movements and civil society organizations to popularize and share their experiences of tackling and finding solutions to our planet’s systemic economic, social, political and ecological crisis.

    The initiative draws on the emerging wave of transformative political practices taking place at municipal level worldwide, by launching a unique award process that will ensure that the lessons and inspiration of these cities becomes viral.

    Visit website: http://transformativecities.org/

  16. CAITISA Report

    Comisión para la Auditoría Integral Ciudadana de los Tratados de Protección Recíproca de Inversiones (CAITISA)

    20 May 2017
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    La Comisión para la Auditoría Integral Ciudadana de los Tratados de Protección Recíproca de Inversiones y del Sistema de Arbitraje Internacional en Materia de Inversiones (CAITISA) fue creada en octubre de 2013 por el Gobierno ecuatoriano para auditar los tratados de inversión del país y formular recomendaciones para el Gobierno. La comisión estuvo integrada por 12 personas, entre las cuales se encontraba Cecilia Olivet, investigadora del TNI y designada como presidenta. También contó con la colaboración de funcionarios gubernamentales y personas del mundo académico, del derecho y de grupos de la sociedad civil, entre quienes se contaban el principal experto mundial en materia de derecho de inversiones, Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah, y el exprocurador del Tesoro argentino, Osvaldo Guglielmino. En mayo de 2017, la CAITISA publicó su informe final y el Gobierno ecuatoriano aceptó la recomendación de que el país terminara todos sus tratados bilaterales de inversión.

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    Ecuadorian Citizens Commission on Investment Protection (CAITISA)

    20 May 2017
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    The Ecuadorian Citizens’ Commission for a Comprehensive Audit of Investment Protection Treaties and of the International Arbitration System on Investments (CAITISA) was set up by the Ecuadorian goverment to audit the country's investment treaties and make recommendations to the government. 

    The commission was comprised of government officials, academics, lawyers and civil society groups, including the foremost expert on investment law, Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah and the former Attorney General for Argentina, Osvaldo Guglielmino. Our own TNI researcher Cecilia Olivet was nominated president.  

    In May 2017, the Commission's report was published and its recommendations to terminate the country's Bilateral Investment Treaties accepted by the government.

  18. The MOSAIC Project

    20 March 2017
    Topic

    Climate change mitigation/adaptation and land grabbing are not necessarily isolated or separate phenomena. In many parts of the world such initiatives are hitting the ground in the same spaces and at the same time, often alongside environmental conservation programs as well. When they overlap and intersect, the results can be socially and politically explosive. In the transitional settings of Cambodia and Myanmar, old conflicts are being enflamed and new conflicts are being ignited, while customary ways of life and production systems are being branded as destructive or inefficient (or both) and ordinary villagers are being squeezed out.

    Using collaborative action research the MOSAIC project is working to strengthen understanding of these dynamics and build capacity for more effective state policies and grassroots action and interaction, for socially and environmentally just outcomes in the case study areas and beyond.

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    Rethinking shrinking space

    12 December 2016
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    Rising repression and restrictions for civil society organisations and social movements have put the issue of 'shrinking space' on the NGO agenda. TNI believes that “political space” for civil society is not ‘shrinking’, but rather being taken away, closed down and rendered uninhabitable by the same forces that have hollowed out democracy and placed it at the service of corporations and private interests. TNI is is working with activists and academics to probe the issue critically.

  20. G20 Protest, June 27, 2010

    Replanteando la reducción del espacio civil

    12 December 2016
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    El incremento de la represión y las restricciones a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y los movimientos sociales han puesto el tema de la “reducción del espacio civil” en la agenda de las ONG. El TNI está trabajando con activistas y personas del mundo académico para analizar la cuestión con una mirada crítica: poniendo al descubierto los factores que están impulsando este fenómeno, llamando la atención sobre los grupos más afectados y, al mismo tiempo, destacando qué espacios democráticos se están reduciendo y a expensas de quién.

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