As a leading policy think tank, the Oakland Institute is bringing fresh ideas and bold action to the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time. Our international network of fellows and researchers allows us to respond quickly to issues as they arise and bring local expertise to popular understanding. Backed by in-depth research and analysis, we’re reframing the debate, shifting public opinion, and inspiring action. We’re taking critical global and local issues from the ivory tower to the kitchen table, and empowering everyday citizens to influence policy trends.
The effectiveness of our work is evident in the policy changes we’ve accomplished. Our research on “land grabs” that threaten self-sufficiency and food security in the Global South has forced leaders to take a new look at these deadly investment activities. We’ve played a lead role in convincing the public that emergency food aid should be bought locally or regionally. On more and more issues, policymakers, pundits, and media are turning to us for opinions and analysis.
We have had a reputation for meticulous research and analysis since our inception. Our reports have been used by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, as well as the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four – the only formal developing country group within the IMF and World Bank. According to The Nation, the Oakland Institute’s leadership has “defined what an enlightened American discourse about this country’s place in the world should sound like.”