Self-presentation can be found at TNI web site, section About TNI – Introduction – Mission - History.
The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.
TNI has a reputation for well researched analysis on key global issues long before they become mainstream concerns. As a non-sectarian institute made up of researchers, scholar-activists and movement-builders, TNI uniquely combines a ‘big picture’ analysis with proposals and solutions that are both just and pragmatic. Our capacity to build long-term respectful mutual relationships with strategic social movements is helping put radical ideas into movement.
TNI envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry.
TNI envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry
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.
All TNI’s work starts from the perspective of the interests of the Global South, that is, justice for the poorest, most oppressed and marginalised people in society. This includes exposing power structures that favour the rich over the poor.
TNI believes all people are born equal and that a just society is based on an equitable allocation of resources. TNI rejects discrimination in all forms: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, physical or mental disability
TNI believes that the people are sovereign in any society, and have equal rights to meaningfully determine how society is governed and resources shared.
TNI is committed to non-violence.
TNI believes in the duty and responsibility of all citizens to sustain life on earth.
TNI believes in confronting difficult and thorny subjects head on, and developing insightful and innovative ways to analyse old problems as well as to put forward new solutions.
TNI believes that partnership and cooperation are essential to building a better world. Our partnerships are structured as mutually respectful, horizontal relationships of cooperation.
TNI is a progressive, non-partisan, non-sectarian organisation.
In our work of bridging academia and socially engaged actors, we believe learning is a two-way process and that analysis and proposals must be grounded in real life experiences and social struggles to be relevant.
TNI believes in practising its values.
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.