2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report Released

Duration: Jan 23, 2015 -

Location / Venue: REPOA Conference Hall A

REPOA has launched the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (GTTI), the most comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks. Simultaneous launch events have been held by 81 organizations in 62 cities in 51 countries worldwide. REPOA as a Regional GTTI launch partner has been honored to host the event in Tanzania.

The 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) marks the eighth year of continued efforts by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania to acknowledge the important contributions and emerging global trends of think tanks worldwide.

As part of the nominations process, all 6,618 think tanks catalogued in the TTCSP’s Global Think Tank Database were contacted and encouraged to participate, in addition to over 20,000 journalists, policymakers, public and private donors, think tanks, and functional and regional area specialists. This group of peers and experts was surveyed to both nominate and rank public policy research centers of distinction for 2014. To refine and validate the generated ranking lists, TTCSP assembled Expert Panels comprised of hundreds of members from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

In the Top Think Tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa, REPOA has been ranked as number 18 Among 65 countries in in the Region.

Think tanks are public-policy research analysis and engagement organizations that generate policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues, thereby enabling policymakers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy.

Think tanks have become more active players in domestic and foreign policy in the last two decades and are now present in 182 countries. While think tanks continue to be concentrated in the United States and Western Europe, several factors are driving the growth of think tanks in other areas of the world.

However, think tanks continue to expand their role and influence in countries around the world. Across both developed and developing countries, governments and individual policymakers face the common problem of bringing expert knowledge to bear in government decision-making. Policymakers need reliable, accessible, and useful information about the societies they govern. They also need to know how current policies are working, as well as possible alternatives and their likely costs and consequences.

This report is highlight some critical threats and opportunities facing think tanks globally. These threats are best expressed by the so-called “four mores”: more issues, more actors, more competition, and more conflict. These result in challenges that all think tanks will face: competitive challenges, resource challenges, technological challenges, and policy challenges. And ultimately, effective responses to these threats and opportunities should focus on the “four M’s”: mission, market, manpower, and money.


Find the full report attached below.




Presenter(s) / Trainer(s):
Prof S. Wangwe

Attachment: attachment2014_GGTTI_Report