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AERC Has ‘Most Significant Impact on Public Policy in Africa’ Ranked #1 by the “Go To Think Tank Index Report”

Ranked #1 by the “Go To Think Tank Index Report”

19 March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya - - African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) has been ranked number one for having the most significant impact on public policy in Africa, according to the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP). AERC is listed first in this category in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and ranked 28 globally. Moreover, AERC is separately listed in other categories, including Top Think Tanks Worldwide (Non-US); Top Economics Think Tanks Worldwide; Greatest Independent Think Tanks Internationally; Top International Development Think Tanks; and Best Quality Assurance, Integrity Policies and Procedures.

The announcement was made during the launch of the 11th edition of the Global Go To Think Tank Index which identifies and indexes over 7,500 think tanks and other civil society actors worldwide in various categories. The research was conducted by the TTCSP. 

“AERC works hard to adhere to best global practices in everything we do, and it is reassuring that our best efforts are receiving global recognition,” said AERC’s Executive Director, Prof Lemma W. Senbet. “While it is gratifying that we are getting high global ratings as part of think tank rankings, it is imperative to note that AERC is not just a think tank. It is a think tank plus; with numerous arms, including research, training, and policy outreach, with a substantial emphasis on capacity building. Its products are visible round the continent, including numerous governors of central banks and high level policy officials,” Professor Senbet added.

Since its inception in 1989, the TTCSP has focused on collecting data and conducting research on think tank trends and the role think tanks play as civil society actors in the policymaking process. These international collaborative efforts are designed to establish regional and international networks of policy institutes and communities that improve policy making while strengthening democratic institutions and civil societies around the world. TTCSP works with leading scholars and practitioners from think tanks and universities in a variety of collaborative efforts and programs. It produces the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index that ranks the world’s leading think tanks in a variety of categories. This is achieved with the help of a panel of over 4,000 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions, and governments around the world.

About African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Established in 1988, African Economic Research Consortium is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and training to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. AERC’s mission rests on two premises: first, that development is more likely to occur where there is sustained sound management of the economy; second, that such management is more likely to happen where there is an active, well-informed cohort of locally-based professional economists to conduct policy-relevant research. AERC builds that cohort through a programme that has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. The organization integrates high quality economic policy research, postgraduate training and policy outreach within a vast network of researchers, universities and policy makers across Africa and beyond. Learn more at www.aercafrica.org and follow us on Twitter @aercafrica.




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