TNI envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry.

Fiona Dove, TNI

Message from the director

TNI achieved so much in 2018. I trust the productivity and reach we achieved will impress in equal proportion to my pride in our colleagues, fellows, allies and networks around the world. Two of our fellows were honoured by the Latin American Social Science Council for their life-time contributions to social science: Susan George and Edgardo Lander. A third, Jun Borras, was named by Clarivate as among the top most cited social scientists in his field for 2018.

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OUR MISSION

TNI’s mission is to strengthen international social movements with rigorous research, reliable information, sound analysis and constructive proposals that advance progressive, democratic policy change and common solutions to global problems. In so doing, TNI acts as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

OUR GOALS

TNI’s overarching goals for 2016-2020, consistent with our emancipatory vision for society, remain:

Strategies

Construct a broadly-shared understanding of what blocks realization of an emancipatory vision of the world and of viable ways towards achieving that vision, especially from the perspective of people in the Global South.

Empowerment

Achieve the realization of potentials by citizens everywhere, but especially those suffering exclusion and poverty, to organize around, articulate and amplify their concerns and proposals.

Transformation

Advocate for the transformation of norms, policies and practice of key public and private institutions, especially those with transnational influence, towards greater transparency, accountability, engagement with and responsiveness to citizens in democratic, equitable and inclusive ways.

TNI revises its strategic plan every five years through a participatory consultation process involving allies, fellows, associates and staff.

TNI’S 2018 IN NUMBERS

Research output
TNI launched

271 publications

in 7 languages
Media
TNI’s research and analysis was cited in

325 media stories

reaching a conservatively estimated audience of

19 million

including in: The Guardian, Le Monde, Euractiv, CNN, BBC, Newsweek, The Economist, Washington Post, El Pais, Telesur, Japan Times, Dawn, South China Morning Post, Jakarta Post, Myanmar Times, Die Welt and NOS.

TNI’s webpages
TNI’s webpages were viewed more than

1.13 million

times
Social media
TNI’s ideas reached

1.48 million people

on Twitter
Events, workshops and seminars:
TNI co-organised

126

events, workshops and seminars in

28 countries

attended by

12,012 people

Presentations:

24,643 people

heard TNI’s ideas through presentations at

284

events, workshops and seminars
Academic citations
TNI Fellows and staff were cited

3,033 times

in academic publications
Dialogue with policy makers
TNI was in dialogue with policy makers from

28 countries

and

11

international organisations
Newsletter
Subscriptions to TNI’s e-newsletter increased by 13% to

21,535 people

“TNI is admirable in its capacity to go straight to the heart of the matter. It keeps finding, detecting the dangers that our societies confront, dangers that go well beyond the familiar. Today’s powerful actors are not only people. The landscape is far more complex and diverse than the familiar power grabber and the massive concentrations of wealth. TNI goes to the innards of the system, that which we often cannot see, that which is rarely mentioned in the media. The work TNI has done on high finance is a strong example of this modus operandi.”

Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Saskia Sassen

How we work

For more than 40 Years, TNI has served as a research and advocacy unit serving the needs of progressive social movements across the globe. TNI takes as its vantage point the perspective of the Global South, by which we mean the poor, exploited, marginalised and oppressed of the world. Its scope is geographically global and scientifically social with an emphasis on multi-disciplinarity. Its focus primarily concerns global public policy matters.

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TNI works with allies in

sixty-two countries,

and participates in multiple regional and international groupings.

Who We Work With

Movements

TNI works in support of, and as part of, progressive social movements in developing a relevant and useful research and advocacy agenda.

Activist-Scholars

TNI works with scholars to develop, challenge and refine ideas that support the ends of progressive social movements. Additionally, TNI works to spread them in scholarly spaces and to provide expertise to strengthen progressive campaigns.

Policy Makers

From local to international levels, and across the political spectrum, TNI provides civil servants and elected representatives with information and analysis on a wide-range of themes. It does so with a view to facilitating international learning, stimulating innovative thinking, and ultimately improving policies and practices.

Media

TNI works with media to give visibility to progressive alternatives, to share evidence-based ideas, and to serve the advocacy goals of progressive movements.

“I am constantly amazed at the volume and quality of materials published (by TNI), a really important source of analyses on a wide range of subjects. TNI has many admirable and deeply committed staff who play a significant role as public intellectuals in many different fora. It was an honour to have been asked to participate in the fellows’ meetings in 2018.”

Firoze Manji

Adjunct Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Firoze Manji

OUR SUCCESSES IN 2018

In support of our long-term goals, which also indicate the type of work TNI does, an ambitious five-year programme was developed in 2014. Although 2018 only marks the mid-point in implementation, impressive progress is already apparent. Below are brief summaries in this regard, and some elaboration of indications that the programme is on track to achieve its goals.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

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Internal organizational development

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Activist-Scholar network

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“I am happy that Transformative Cities  has recognised the efforts of the CITU to establish a housing colony for the beedi workers in Solapur…. The significance of the Solapur initiative is that thousands of houses have been built for the beedi workers, utilising the provisions in the Beedi Workers’ Welfare Fund Act, and through continuous persuasion. For years together, at different levels they have given different representations to the corporation to sanction the land at cheap rates, and from then onwards, up to the government of India level… I think this recognition to the Union, to the CITU’s efforts in Solapur, will encourage the other trade unions and other organisations to take up such initiatives and help the workers, particularly in the unorganised [informal] sector.”

K. Hemalata

President, CITU

(Transformative Cities is an initiative by  TNI’s Public Alternatives program. See https://transformativecities.org/)

K Hemalata – Source: Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)

NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS OF 2018

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“I am an activist. I know TNI through my work as the co-ordinator of the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate based at the Alternative Information Development Centre. My experience working with TNI has been inspiring and thought-provoking. In 2018, I particularly appreciated being able to join the Peoples Week of Mobilisation in Geneva and to work closely with TNI comrades who are extremely passionate about what they do.”

Keamogetswe Seipato

AIDC, The Right to Say No campaign, South Africa

FELLOWS

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Prof. Achin Vanaik
Dr. Ben Hayes
Dr. Daniel Chavez
Dr. David Fig
Prof. Edgardo Lander
Dr. Hilary Wainwright
Prof. Jun Borras
Phyllis Bennis

PRESIDENT & SUPERVISORY BOARD

Dr. Susan George

President

Gisela Dutting

Chair

Diederik van Iwaarden
Prof. Mirjam van Reisen
Pauline Tiffen

Audit Committee

ASSOCIATES

Dr. Boris Kagarlitsky (Russia)
Dr. Joel Rocamora (Philippines)
Dr. Kees Biekart (Netherlands)
Myriam Vander Stichele (Netherlands)
Dot Keet (Zimbabwe)
Dr. Gonzalo Berrón (Argentina)
Dr. Godfried van Benthem van den Berg (Netherlands)
Halle-Jorn Hannsen (Norway)
Prof. Jan Pronk (Netherlands)
Dr. Howard Wachtel (USA)
John Cavanagh (USA)
Dr. Marcos Arruda (Brazil)
Dr. Walden Bello (Philippines)
Dr. David Bewley-Taylor (UK)
Bob Debus (Australia)
Hermann von Hatzfeldt (Germany)
Peter Weiss (USA)
Manuel Pérez-Rocha (Mexico)
Dr. Jochen Hippler (Germany)
Dr. Kamil Mahdi (Iraq)
Mariano Aguirre (Colombia)
David Sogge (Netherlands)
Dr. Ricardo Vargas (Colombia)
Dr. Tom Reifer (USA)
James Early (USA)
Christine Merkel (Germany)
Roger van Zwanenburg (UK)
Francesco Martone (Italy)
Prof. Harris Gleckman (USA)
Sebastián Torres (Uruguay)

STAFF

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Fiona Dove (Executive Director)
Pietje Vervest & Ernestien Jensema (Programmes)
Denis Burke (Communications)
John Kerseboom (Personnel & Office)
Stephanie Olinga-Shannon (Evaluation)

COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH

Bea Martinez
Denis Burke
Hilde van der Pas
Jess Graham
Jorrit Stoker
Melissa Koutouzis
Nick Buxton
Niels Jongerius
Sasha Trifkovich
Shaun Matsheza
Stephanie Olinga-Shannon
Tessa Kersten

OFFICE & ADMINISTRATION

Albi Jannssen
John Kerseboom
Katja Gertman
Kees Kimman
Lia van Wijk
Misrak Alayu
Mustaffa Habashi
Sebas Stellingworth
Susan Medeiros

PROGRAMMES

Drugs & Democracy
Dania Putri
Ernestien Jensema
Katie Sandwell
Martin Jelsma
Pien Metaal
Tom Blickman

War & Pacification
Frank Barat
Niahm ni Bhariain

Public Alternatives
Daniel Chavez
Lavinia Steinfort
Satoko Kishimoto
Sol Trumbo Vila

Trade & Investment
Alex Scrivener
Benny Kuruvilla
Bettina Mueller
Cecilia Olivet
Luciana Ghiotto
Lucille Falgueyrac
Marieke van Doorn
Pietje Vervest

Agrarian & Environmental Justice
Alberto Fradejas
Carsten Pederson
Jenny Franco
Lyda Fernanda Forero Torres
Sylvia Kay
Timothe Feodoroff
Zoe Brent

Corporate Power
Brid Brennan
Gonzalo Berron
Monica Vargas

Myanmar
Cheery Zahau
Da Eh
Mi Kamoon
Myint Zaw
Naw Julie Aye
Phwe Phyu
Renaud Cachia
Sai Lone
Thura Myint Lwin
Tom Kramer
Zin Mar Han

Interns
David Alzate (Colombia)
Juan Lovera Rivas (Netherlands)
Meryl Goeke (US)

FINANCES

TNI is committed to the principles of independence, transparency, and accountability. TNI’s financial reporting was rated 5 stars for ‘excellence’ by the Transparify initiative.

What

we spent our money on

  • Ethnic peace Myanmar
  • Corporate accountability
  • Just trade & investment
  • Agrarian & environmental justice
  • Public alternatives
  • War & pacification
  • Drug policy

How

we spent our money

  • Salaries
  • Building
  • Programme activities
  • Office & Communications

Where

we got our money

  • Dutch government
  • Other governments
  • Philanthropic foundations
  • European union
  • Own means
  • Other contributions

For a full breakdown of expenditures per donor see FUNDING AGREEMENTS ACTIVE IN 2019 below.

Income

over the last 5 years

Financial statements

2019 BUDGETFUNDING AGREEMENTS ACTIVE IN 2018
AUDITED ACCOUNTSEXPENDITURE AND PROCUREMENT POLICY

Source: TNI financial accounts report, 2018

 

WORKING TRANSNATIONALLY

CONTRIBUTORS

WITH GRATEFUL THANKS – AND APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE TO ANYONE WE MAY HAVE INADVERTENTLY OMITTED – TO ALL THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED THEIR TIME, LABOUR AND EXPERTISE TO TNI IN 2018, IN PARTICULAR:

ASIA

Australia
Vanessa Lamb

China
Juan Liu
Yunan Xu

India
Devi Adriyanti
Dinesh Abrol
Divya Jain
Laksmi Savitri
Lavanya Suresh
Medha Patkar
Nilotpal Kumar
Praveen Priyadarshi
Ritanjan Das
Tripti Tandon

Indonesia
Abdul Rahman
Ciptaningrat Larastiti
Devi Adriyanti
Hanny Wijaya
Laksmi Savitri
Nila Ardhianie
Ruben Rosenberg Colorni

Japan
Yukari Sekine

Myanmar
Khin Zaw Win
Lahpai Seng Raw
Sai Wansai
Thant Zin
Ye Lin Myint

Philippines
Faina C. Abaya-Ulindang
Joel Rocamora
Lloyd B. Ranises
Tania Salerno

New Zealand
Alice Beban
Neil Boister

Sri Lanka
Ahilan Kadirgamar
Niyanthini Kadirgamar

Thailand
Clara Mi Young Park

Vietnam
Thieu-Dang Nguyen

EUROPE

Belarusia
Aleh Ivanou

Belgium
Colin Brown
John Vandermeer
Stephan Backes
Tom Decorte

Croatia
Danjela Dolenec
Vedran Horvat

Denmark
Mads Barbesgaard

France
Imane Messouadi
Christophe Aguiton
Franck Gaudichaud
Juliette Renaud
Michel Forst
Olivier Petitjean
Yasser Louati

Germany
Ciaran Cross
Emily Mattheisen
Joachim Jachnow
Markus Kröger
Nikolai Huke
Pia Eberhardt
Roman Herre
Sören Köpke

Georgia
Sopiko Japaridze

Greece
Charalampos Konstantinidis
Christina Sakali
Dimosthenis Papastamopoulos
Eirini Tzekou
Jenny Gkiougki
Kris Giovanopolous
Leonidas Vatikiotos
Yannis Krestenitis

Hungary
Agnes Gagyi
Alexa Botar
Balsa Lubarda
Gábor Scheiring
Laszlo Zalatnay
Noémi Gonda
Tamás Gerocs

Ireland
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Italy
Gianni Tognoni
Giulio Iocco
Luciana Castellina
Mariangela Rosolen
Mario D’Andreta
Martina Lo Cascio
Mimmo Perrotta
Nora McKeon
Paola De Meo
Raffaele Morgantini
Simona Fraudatario
Yasha Maccanico

Netherlands
Bart-Jaap Verbeek
Bas van Beek
Benjamin White
Christina M. Schiavoni
Elyse Mills
Fiona Dragstra
Frans Bieckmann
Freek Bersch
Harriet Bergman
Jilles Mast
Laura Schoenberger
Leonardo van den Berg
Margriet Goris
Mark Akkerman
Mindi Schneider
Murat Arsel
Paige Shipman (Netherlands/USA)
Rodrigo Fernandez
Roeline Knottnerus
Roos van Os
Rutger Groot Wassink
Sophia Beunder
Selcuk Balamir
Tjitske Lingsma

Portugal
Ana Moragues Faus

Russia
Katerina Gladkova (Russia)
Natalia Mamonova

Spain
Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto
Alba del Campo
Alys Samson
Ana Mendez de Andes
Andreea Zelinka
Geovanna Lasso
Jaume Franquesa
Joám Evans Pim
José Luis Fernández Casadevante Kois
Joseba Azkarraga
Irene Escorihuela
Nerea Morán
Nuria del Viso
Martín Barriuso Alonso
Mònica Clua-Losada
Monica Guiteras
Olatz Ribera Almandoz
Paula Fernandez-Wulff
Stacco Troncoso
Pere Brunet
Rita Calvário
Tom Kucharz

Sweden
Desirée Enlund

Switzerland
Eline Müller
Emila Rosario Reichmuth
Juan Tortosa

Ukraine
Alona Liasheva

United Kingdom
Alexander Dunlap
Andy Rutherford
Ann Fordham
Arun Kundnani
Ben Richardson
Ben White
Chris Jones
Christopher Yap
David Bailey
Deborah Eade
Frances Thomson
Helena Norberg-Hodge
Ian Scoones
James Angus Fraser
Jason Parkinson
Julia Lux
Kevin Blowe
Kyla Sankey
Les Levidow
Malgosia Fitzmaurice
Maria Kastrinou
Mark Tilzey
Martin Smith
Mary Fitzgerald
Mary Mellor
Oliver Russell
Oliver Springate-Baginksi
Peter Newell
Rachel Tansey
Ray Bush
Sahil Dutta
Sam Cossar-Gilbert
Samantha Mason
Samuel Kenny
Santiago Ripoll
Simone Datzberger
Tom Henfrey
Yuliya Yurchenko

AMERICAS

Argentina
Mabel Thwaites Rey
Pablo Gentilli

Bolivia
Linda Farthing
Marcela d’Olivera
Pablo Solón

Brazil
Andrezza Alves Spexoto Olival
Alexandre de Azevedo Olival
David Rojas
Daniela Andrade
Diego Azzi Renata Boulos
Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira
Hugo Gravina Affonso
Ítala Nepomuceno Rodrigues
Kurt Shaw
Leandro Bonecini
Lia Pinheiro Barbosa
Mauricio Gonsalves Torres
Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva
Sérgio Sauer

Canada
Annette Aurélie Desmarais
Ben McKay
Firoze Manji (Kenya/Canada)
Maria Belen Angeles
Paulo Henrique Lima
Raj Patel
Ryan Isakson

Colombia
Danilo Urrea
Guillermo Andrés Ospina
Jhon Edier Jaramillo Ferro
Jhoni Alexander Trejos Arroyave
Sergio Mauricio Zamora Betancur
Valentina Bradbury Jaramillo

Costa Rica
Andrés León Araya
Mauricio Gonsalves Torres

Ecuador
Justino Piaguaje
Pablo Fajardo Mendoza
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés
Miriam Lang

Guatemala
Alice Froidevaux

Honduras
Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres
Fabricio Herrera
Fernando Galeana Rodriguez
Martha Flores
Susy Núñez

Mexico
César Suárez Ortiz
Erick Gonzalo Palomares
Gerardo Alatorre Frenk
Gerardo A. Torres Contreras
Jorge Hernández Tinajero

Nicaragua
M’Lisa Colbert

Paraguay
Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Junior Spirit Cottle

Uruguay
Amarantha Villereal
Eduardo Gudynas
Raúl Zibechi

United States
Adam Jadhav
Alex Liebman
Amber Huff
Amrit Singh
Antonio Carmona Báez
Antonio Roman-Alcalá
Bina Ahmad
Brian Walter
Cynthia M. Duncan
Dylan M. Harris
Faiza Patel
Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
Hannah Hetzer
Ivette Perfecto
James Daria
James McCarthy
Jason Gelbort
Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad
John Walsh
Kali Akuno
Katia Aviles Vásquez
Kimberly Pfeifer
Laura Flanders
Marc Edelman
Martin Walsh
Maywa Montenegro
Nick Galasso
Nils McCune
Priya R. Chandrasekaran
Rebecca Shelton
Riad Azar
Sacajawea Hall
Saskia Sassen
Sean Sweeney
Sophie Sapp Moore
Steven B. Emery
Thomas Hanna
Ted Howard
Wendy Wolford
Siena Chrisman
Wendy Wolford
Patrick Huff

Venezuela
Ana Felicien
Liccia Romero
Luis Llambí

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Ethiopia
Hakima Abbas

Kenya
Nicholas Walter Otieno Ajwang

Madagascar
Barry Ferguson
Yvonne Orengo

Mauritius
Ashok Subron
Dany Marie

Mozambique
Boaventura Monjane
Natacha Bruna

South Africa
Brett Scott
Brian Ashley
Caroline Ntaopane
David Fig
Dominic Brown
Donna Andrews
Donna Hornby
Mercia Andrews
Michael Neocosmos
Nonhle Mbuthuma
Richard Worthington
Ruth Hall
Sandra van Niekerk
Salien Fakir
Stha Yeni
Tasneem Essop

Tanzania
Sabatho Nyamsenda

Zimbabwe
Clement Chipenda
George T. Mudimu
Portia Kurima
Tendai Murisa

NORTH AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

Egypt
Ammar Abo Bakr
Sahar SafaAllah

Morocco
Samir Bensaid

Kurdistan
Salima Tasdemir

Palestine/Israel
Inna Michaeli

Syria
Salman Fakher Al-Deen

Tunisia
Habib Ayeb
Aymen Amayed

Turkey
Bengi Akbulut
Burak Gürel
Bermal Küçük
Fikret Adaman
Sercan Taş

Remembering Tessa

The year 2018 began on a sad note for TNI. On 17 February, our dearly beloved Web Gardener, Tessa Kersten died in a tragic accident while on a weekend away. May she rest in peace. We remain dedicated to continuing the work that Tessa loved.