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  1. 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

  2. TNI dandelion

    TNI remembers

    01 March 2018

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

  3. Donate to TNI

    02 August 2010
  4. CAITISA Report

    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.

  5. 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

    TNI’s privacy policy:

    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.

  6. Other ways to donate

    02 August 2010

    Direct Transfer

    TNI also accepts direct bank transfers in three different currencies.

    (please mention 'donation')
    Name: Stichting Transnational Institute
Address: De Wittenstraat 25, 1052 AK Amsterdam

    Office Address Bank: ABNAmro, Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP Amsterdam Netherlands
    Mail Address Bank: ABNAmro, Postbus 90, 1000 AB Amsterdam Netherlands 


    To make a regular donation to TNI, consider using Liberapay

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    Why Donate

    TNI also gratefully accepts donations via Whydonate, a Dutch-language app for Android or IOS phones. Download Whydonate and search for Transnational Institute.

    In person

    If you wish to donate in person, we can accept cash or card payments at our office:

    De Wittenstraat 25
    1052 AK Amsterdam
    (Please contact us for an appointment before visiting)

  7. 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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    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.



  9. 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


  10. mPOWER

    10 September 2018

    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

    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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    01 January 2015

    The economic and political rise of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has far-reaching implications for global agrarian transformation as key sites of production, circulation and consumption of agricultural commodities. In each of the BRICS countries, profound changes are underway in rural society and agrarian economies. These vary from concentration in landholdings, changes in rural-urban links, migration, promotion of smallholder farming alongside the rise of corporate agribusiness, class differentiation of smallholders and family farmers, new forms of agri-business upstream and downstream of farming, vertical integration in value chains, supermarketization – and different combinations of these. The BRICS initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) is a collective of largely BRICS-based or connected academic researchers concerned with understanding the BRICS countries and their implications for global agrarian transformations. Critical theoretical and empirical questions about the origins, character and significance of complex changes underway need to be investigated more systematically. 

  12. 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.

  13. Shan Market in Pyin Oo Lwin

    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.

  14. Harm reduction

    01 January 2015

    Harm reduction is a set of strategies that aim to reduce negative consequences of drug use, by mitigating the potential dangers and health risks. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has significantly expanded its HIV/AIDS programme thanks to support from harm reduction-friendly donor countries, despite ambiguities on the issue within UN drug control agencies. There is a need for up-scaling of basic services for HIV/AIDS prevention and the 'frontline' of heroin prescription and drug consumption rooms.

  15. Climate security

    01 January 2015

    Climate impacts are increasingly being viewed through the lens of security, with the expectation that climate change will result in instability and conflict. In practice, this turns the victims of climate change into 'threats', to be controlled by military force, police repression and policies that entrench corporate control at a cost to human rights and civil liberties. TNI started exploring this work in 2011, developing a book published in November 2015, The Secure and the Dispossessed - How the Military and Corporations are shaping a climate-changed world

  16. International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)

    01 January 2015

    The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) was established in 1968 as the monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions. Tensions have arisen about the way the INCB performs its duties and about its legal interpretation of the conventions which many feel goes beyond its mandate.

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    01 January 2016

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement, in negotiation, between the United States and the European Union. Its proponents claim that the agreement will benefit consumers with lower prices, increased competition and more jobs.
    However, very little of the TTIP deals with trade; the vast majority of the agreement relates to government regulations and will therefore have huge implications in matters such as food sovereignty, digital rights and the environment. It will limit the capacity of governments and local groups to regulate and increase the capacity of transnational corporations to act with impunity. TNI’s focus for TTIP and other free trade agreements is on the investment chapter, and particularly the problems caused by Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms that allow corporations to sue governments for actions that affect their profits.

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    Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

    01 January 2015

    The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the annual gathering in Vienna of all United Nations member states to discuss and make decisions on a wide range of issues related to the global drug control system, and the work programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Follow this collection page to stay informed about TNI's advocacy resources and efforts at this level.

  19. The Drug Law Reform - Expert Seminars

    01 January 2015

    The Drug Law Reform project organises a series of expert seminars, drug policy briefings and informal drug policy dialogues. The activities serve to cross-fertilise policy debates between countries and regions, stimulating participants to exchange experiences and learn lessons between policy officials, representatives from international agencies and nongovernmental experts and practitioners. Seminars are held under Chatham House Rule to ensure confidentiality and to allow participants a free exchange of ideas.

  20. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

    01 January 2015

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was established to assist the UN in addressing a response to the interrelated issues of illicit trafficking in and use of drugs, crime prevention and criminal justice, international terrorism, and political corruption. It also functions as the secretariat to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).