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    Asia Europe Peoples' Forum

    01 January 2014
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    Davos and the World Economic Forum

    18 January 2020

    The World Economic Forum that meets in Davos annually is more than an elite talk-shop or trade show. It has also been the birthplace of many neoliberal policies and programmes including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In recent years, the World Economic Forum has openly pushed to replace the multilateral form of governance with a multistakeholder approach, in which corporations play a more significant role.

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    TNI remembers

    01 March 2018

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

  4. Friends of TNI

    01 January 2010

    Become a registered Friend of the Transnational Institute

    Governments are increasingly unwilling and unable to invest in organisations that question global systems and challenge the powerful. To retain a loud and independent voice in this environment, we rely on people like you to support our efforts.

    Friends of TNI pledge a regular contribution and thereby help secure a steady source of income for us to continue our vital work.

    As a Friend of TNI you get the choice of these exclusive opt-ins:

    • Friends of TNI updates with TNI news, reports, publications, events and campaigns.
    • A ‘ thank-you pack’ including a TNI badge.
    • Discount vouchers for our bookshop.
    • Your name included in our public Annual Report as Friend and Supporter

  5. Donate to TNI

    02 August 2010
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    Fisheries and Fisher peoples

    01 January 2010

    The dynamics playing out in international, regional, and local fisheries policies show striking similarities to processes of land and resource grabbing observed in other contexts over recent decades. However, public awareness of these issues is far lower. There is an acute crisis of marine and aquatic resources and most policy solutions ignore or actively exclude small scale fishers who rely on access to these resources for their livelihoods. TNI works at a number of levels to expose fisheries and environmental policies negatively affecting small-scale fishers. We work with movements to develop analyses, defend the rights of small-scale fishers, and support them when participating in key policy-making spaces.

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    Debating Europe Series

    01 January 2014
  8. At the crossroads - Europe’s movements respond

    01 January 2014

    Analysis by and for the European social movements acting against the EU crisis regime. European social movements inform what strategic lessons can be learned from resistance, the challenges we face and how to be prepared for upcoming struggles.

  9. FAQ

    19 June 2010

    Gifts and Donations FAQs

    What is the Transnational Institute?

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

    When was the Institute founded?

    The Transnational Institute was founded in 1974 as the international programme of the Washington DC-based Institute for Policy Studies.
    You can find an overview of the history of TNI here:

    What are the institute's research areas?

    The programmes we currently focus on are listed here

    Does the Institute publicise the names of its donors and contributors?

    TNI protects the names and contact information of its private donors in accordance with our privacy policy. The finance section of the annual report has a list of the organisational funders from the year before.

    How can I donate?

    Our Support section offers several tailored options, such as one-time donations or recurring donations. Via the payment form you can choose to make either a one-off donation or set up a recurring direct debit (Monthly or Yearly) . You can pay by PayPal, iDeal, credit card or Sofort.

    We currently use Mollie to process payments.

    You can also make payments via the Whydonate app, available on Android and Iphone.

    Who can I speak with if I have questions?

    If you want advice regarding a gift or donation please send an email to our community builder Jess Graham: If you would like her to phone you, you can state your availability and she will be happy to give you a call.

    Can I make a donation as a gift for someone else?

    Yes, if you have given a donation and would like a letter of thanks in another person's name we will happily provide this for you. Email Jess Graham:

    How much of my donation goes to TNI?

    Our payment controller collects payments safely, incurring a small charge for each transaction (as described below). The remainder of your donation goes entirely to TNI.


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    Is TNI an NGO?

    TNI has special NGO consultative status with UN Ecosoc since 1974, is registered as a non-profit foundation with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, and has charitable status in the Netherlands. TNI is also recognised as an independent, non-profit research centre in The Netherlands and at European Union level. It is an Associate Member of the International Social Science Council and the European Association of Development Institutes.

Where can I see the annual report?

    Our 2018 annual report can be found here.
    As an open and transparent organisation we share all our goals and finances by making our annual report availabile for each year. Audited accounts can be found here:

    How is TNI supported?

    TNI is a non profit organisation which means that it relies completely on external grants and donations. Currently we receive grants from funders to continue our work in specific areas. See:

    How will my donation support TNI?

    Our donors are crucial to our work. Your donation will help TNI continue to stand up for peace, justice and sustainability where it matters most.

    Your gift supports our activists, organisers, writers and office staff to continue making a difference. There are many ways to support us whether it be a donation, by sharing our reports or coming to one of our events.

    Donations from people like you help to sustain us. The gifts and actions of our supporters give TNI greater financial security. They are also a great way to show support for our past work and our vision for the future. We are committed to the long-term work of the movements.

    Can I contribute in other ways? What about in-kind donations?

    Perhaps you are more interested or able to donate your time and skills. All help is welcome! Please get in touch with our community builder Jess:

    Is it safe and secure to donate using the donation form?

    Mollie is our payment controller. Their privacy policy can be found here:  It states: “We take security extremely seriously. Through rigorous security checks, safe data storage, employee screenings and compliance with every available regulation, we can ensure the safety, stability and reliability of our payment platform. More details can be found at this link

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    Can I make a donation offline?

    Yes you can make direct transfers, please contact Jess Graham for bank details. 

    Can I come and give a donation in person?

    Yes, you can make a card or cash payment at our office. Please get in touch with our community builder Jess ( to make an appointment.

    Does TNI have an ANBI status?

    Yes TNI is registered with the Dutch tax authorities as a public benefit institution (ANBI). See:

    Can I donate to TNI with any crypto currency?

    TNI does not currently accept donations by crypto currency.

    Why is there a 5 euro/pound/USD/AUD minimum limit?

    The minimum limit is to prevent unlawful card testing on our site.

    What happens with the personal data I enter to make a donation?

    We enforce a strict data protection policy. Payment information is used by the processor and is not saved by us. Your name and email address will be used only to send a thank you email for your donation.

  10. Drug Policy in Myanmar

    01 January 2015

    In Myanmar, TNI has long focused on opium production and its relation with drug policies in the country. Together with civil society organisations, such as the Myanmar Opium Farmers Forum, TNI analyses and proposes alternatives to repressive supply reduction policies, including forced eradication, whose socio-economic repercussions are mainly endured by poppy growing communities residing in areas afflicted by conflict and poverty. In advancing drug law reform in Myanmar, TNI works closely with local organisations including the Drug Policy Advocacy Group (DPAG) Myanmar, to promote human rights and harm reduction for people who use drugs.

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    Ecuadorian Citizens Commission on Investment Protection (CAITISA)

    20 May 2017

    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.

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    01 January 2013

    TNI Fellows are internationalist intellectuals with a track record of progressive activist-scholarship and a passionate commitment to social change. They bring TNI vision and new ideas, expertise relevant to current programme, connect TNI to relevant networks and commit themselves to an active role in TNI. TNI Fellowships do not involve any financial remuneration.



  13. Dismantle Corporate Power

    01 January 2015

    The initiative to build a global campaign to dismantle corporate power and end TNCs’ impunity came from the network of organizations, movements, campaigns and affected communities that built the campaign process on European TNCs in Latin America together with the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) and the Bi-regional Europe-Latin America and the Caribbean Enlazando Alternativas Network. Since late 2011, organisations from the network together with campaign organisations from different global regions have been promoting the campaign-building process. As of June 2012, over 100 organisations and movements from around the world have signed on to the campaign. For more information go to the website of Dismantle Corporate Power

  14. The Treaty Alliance

    16 July 2014

    TNI and the Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power & Stop Impunity of TNCs participates with a number of other global networks and alliances in the launch of a Treaty Alliance campaigning for a Binding Treaty on TNCs.

    Key activities of the Treaty Alliance during May-June 2014 include:

    • Advocacy with national governments - members of the UNHRC
    • Preparation of Written and Oral Statements to UNHRC (these come on stream later in May)
    • Co-Convening Week of Mobilisation in Geneva (June 23-27) including a Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT)
    • Hearing on Necessity for a Binding Treaty (June 23) &
    • March & Impunity Tour in Geneva (June 25)
    • as well as a number of Side Meetings during the UNHRC Session.

    Please sign on to the Global Movement Statement or visit

    For further information on Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power

    For TNI & Campaign contact: Gonzalo Berrón:

    Pressrelease of the launch.

  15. Conventions on drugs

    01 January 2015

    The three major international drug control treaties are mutually supportive and complementary. An important purpose of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances codify internationally applicable control measures in order to ensure the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes, and to prevent their diversion into illicit channels and include general provisions on trafficking and drug use. The 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances significantly reinforced the obligation of countries to apply criminal sanctions to combat all the aspects of illicit production, possession and trafficking of drugs.

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    Myanmar Commentary

    01 January 2015

    In addition to TNI’s regular Briefing and Report series, these Myanmar commentaries are intended to contribute to broader understanding to the many challenges facing the country and its peoples. 

    See the complete list of all the Myanmar commentaries.

    These commentaries are part of a TNI project funded by Sweden. These commentaries are part of a TNI project funded by Sweden. Opinions expressed by authors are not necessarily the views of the donor.

  17. Legacy

    01 January 2010

    A legacy gift (or Gift in Will) is one of the most significant and lasting contributions you can make to an organization such as TNI.

    Once you secure the well-being of your loved ones, you may choose to include in your will a significant donation to one or more charitable organisations you believe in. If important changes occur in your life, you can always modify your will according to your situation.

    We ask you to think about the things you are passionate about in life and to help sustain them into the future. You can leave a long lasting legacy by remembering TNI in your estate.

    If we only had the resources of those we are up against, we could change the world. 

     - Susan George

    The Transnational institute is registered with the Dutch tax authorities as a ‘Public Service Organization’ (ANBI). This means we do not have to pay inheritance or gift tax on the bequests or donations we receive. That means every euro you contribute goes directly to TNI.

    If you decide to leave a gift in your will to the Transnational Institute we would love to hear from you so we can say thank you and keep you up to date with our work. We can also keep you informed of any upcoming events that may be of interest to you, or even set up a meeting if you would like.

    Should you choose to make a legacy donation, you are under no obligation to inform us, but of course we would love to express our gratitude for your genoristy. We can assure you your decision will be held in the strictest confidence and not be considered a binding commitment.

    We understand gifts in will are big decisions requiring careful consideration. If you have any questions or queries, please contact our Community Builder


  18. Informal Drug Policy Dialogues

    01 January 2015

    In 2004 the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Andreas G. Papandreou Foundation (APF) started an Informal Drug Policy Dialogue. Purpose of the dialogues is to have an open-minded exchange of views on current dilemmas in international drug policy making and discuss strategies on how contradictions might be resolved. The meetings are guided by 'Chatham House Rule' to encourage a free exchange of thoughts and confidentiality. In 2007, TNI and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) started a Latin American Informal Drug Policy Dialogue. In 2009, TNI and the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) started a series of drug policy dialogues in Southeast Asia.

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    Drugs & Conflict

    15 August 2017
    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.
  20. Hands On The Land

    01 January 2015

    Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty is a collective coalition by 16 partners, including peasants and social movements, development and environmental NGOs, human rights organisations and research activists aiming to conduct activities in Europe to raise awareness on issues related to the use and governance of land, water and other natural resources and its effects on the realization of the right to food and food sovereignty. In the context of food insecurity and climate change, the governance of natural resources requires addressing the core questions of who ought to have what rights to which resources, for what purposes and who ought to decide from a social justice-based rather than profit making-led perspective. This requires putting the visions and aspirations of those at the frontline of struggles for food sovereignty, whether they be small-scale fishing communities, peasants, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, young and prospective farmers, as well as the most vulnerable and marginalised, at the heart of policies which affect them.

    Read more on the Hands on the Land website.