Published: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:53:16 GMT
Updated: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 11:34:32 GMT
The annual “Think Tank Index” from the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at University of Pennsylvania, has recently been published. Four organisations supported by Sida’s research cooperation are included in the top think tank rankings.
6,545 think tanks in 182 countries were identified, nominated
and ranked based on criteria such as the production of relevant
research, publications and programs in different research areas.
The "Think Tank Index" is seen as an authoritative source for
public policy institutions. The objective of the ranking is to
identify the leading think tanks in the world and to acknowledge
their contribution to civil societies and governments.
The four organisations supported by Sida's research cooperation,
included in the top think tank rankings are:
United Nations University World Institute for
Development Economics Research
(UNU-WIDER). The UN University in Finland is
ranked six of the top thirty international development think tanks.
UNU-WIDER is an international network of academics working to solve
global challenges. They pursue multidisciplinary research and
policy analysis to achieve structural changes for the world's
poorest, build capacity to educate academics and civil servants in
socioeconomic decision-making and to maintain a forum for
discussion for sustainable and just development. Sida has supported
UNU-WIDER since 2002. In the current agreement 2010 - 2014 Sida
supports WIDER with 20 000 000 SEK.
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).
AERC from Kenya is ranked seven of the top thirty think tanks in
Sub-Saharan Africa and number 26 of the top thirty think tanks
worldwide. The organisation is also on the ranking for top thirty
international development think tanks and top thirty international
economic policy think tanks with placement 30 and 29 respectively.
AERC is an African network for research and research education in
national economy, consisting of 24 universities in 19 African
counties. Sida has supported AERC for many years.
The Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research (CGIAR). CGIAR from USA is ranked 15 of the top
thirty environment think tanks. It is a global partnership between
research organizations that works to reduce poverty and famine, to
improve health and nutrition and to increase the resistance of the
ecosystems through international research, partnership and
leadership. The World Bank, USA and various FN organizations are
the main funders. Sida has supported CGIAR since 1973. The Sida
contribution 2010-2012 is 226 500 000 SEK.
Council for the Development of Social Science Research
in Africa (CODESRIA). CODESRIA from Senegal is ranked 29
of think tanks with the best use of the internet or social media to
engage the public. CODERSRIA is part of the cooperation for
research, education, publication and distribution in social science
called South/South. The objective of the cooperation is to
establish collaboration between researches in Africa, Asia and
Latin America and to bring the south perspective forward in global
development issues. Sida has supported CODESRIA since 2005.