Mekong Thought Leadership and Think Tanks Network

Mekong Thought Leadership and Think Tanks Network

The Mekong Thought Leadership and Think Tanks Network program is a 3-year program based in SEI Asia that will develop clear and actionable evidence-based solutions to water, energy, and development challenges in the Mekong Region to bring about positive changes in policy and practice.

The Mekong Subregion has faced sustainability challenges related to water, energy, and changing climate. There are also inequities in the rapid development of the subregion, in which local communities have benefited little from this development. The poorest and most vulnerable bear the brunt of these changes due to their close connection to, and dependency on, natural resources. In addressing these inequities and ensuring that no one is left behind, there is a need for clear and actionable evidence-based development options along with tangible solutions that would support positive changes in policy and practice for sustainable futures for all.

The Mekong Thought Leadership and Think Tanks Network program aims to work with national and regional knowledge-based policy influence organizations (KBPIOs), including think tanks, to enhance their effectiveness and inclusiveness in policy engagement.

This will be combined with communications based on high-quality research, practical advice generated by the program, and cross-learning among relevant organizations in the region as well as drawing upon relevant Australian and other expertise and experiences in water security, energy security, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.


January 1, 2023 - January 1, 2026
Project location:
Greater Mekong Subregion
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