We believe research is strongest when conducted by those most connected to the work.
The Tea Leaf Center Co., Ltd. is a social enterprise research and training consulting firm based in Thailand and working throughout Southeast Asia. We seek to shift the balance of power in international development and research toward local organizations, communities and individuals directly impacted by the issues they are working on.
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What is ‘Local’?
At the Tea Leaf Center, we define ‘local organizations’ as organizations, however formal or informal, that are rooted in the context in which they work, and/or are directly impacted by the issue they are working on. This might be:
geographic – for example, a community-based organization comprised of members of one village or an urban settlement;
issue-based – for example, land rights defenders from diverse parts of a country who work together on advocacy and research; or
identity-based – for example, an organization led by and for people with disabilities, working within the country or other geographic area where its members are based.
INCOME STREAMS (2020)
In 2020, the Tea Leaf Center’s pro bono contributions (research support as well as low cost or free trainings) were estimated at more than $27,000 USD. That is more than a quarter of our training and research provided for free to build the capacity of local organizations and peoples.