OUR MODEL

At the Tea Leaf Center we are shifting the ‘research for development’ paradigm: transitioning away from reliance on foreign experts and increasing the role of local researchers. We believe the voices in research should most reflect those who experience them and this requires local researchers to take a stronger lead. By building around our core values, we believe our work can be a sustainable and repeatable model for research work in this region and around the world.

Our model combines income generation to fund pro-bono research assistance. Income from MEL research and paid-for trainings such as research mentorships, on-demand trainings, writing courses, and MEL training go towards our core fund. This is used to cover salary, overhead, pro-bono research support, writing course scholarships, discussion events and panels, and academic conference assistance to CBOs engaging with the academic writing.

…So, how does this work?

Our income primary based on monitoring, evaluation, and learning projects as well as paid research assistance.

Where does it go?

  • staff salary,
  • overhead,
  • free research support,
  • writing course scholarships,
  • discussion events and panels,
  • and academic conference assistance