IDS ranked best international development policy think tank

Published on 31 January 2020

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has been ranked as best international development policy think tank in the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

The ranking puts IDS above Brookings Institution and the German Development Institute, in an index that includes more than 131 think tanks.

The Report is published by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania who conduct research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. The Report is the largest, most comprehensive database of think tanks, comprising over 6500 institutions from all regions of the world. This year’s Report involved nearly 4,000 policymakers, journalists, academics and funders in the nominations process.

Melissa Leach, Director, IDS, said:

“We are delighted to be ranked as the world’s top international development policy think tank. The ranking reflects our continuing commitment to build and mobilise research and evidence with partners in government, civil society and development agencies – across country borders, disciplines and sectors – to transform approaches to progressive social, political and economic change.”

IDS was also ranked third in the Report’s category of university-affiliated think tanks, a reflection of our important and long-standing partnership with the University of Sussex with whom we are ranked first in the world for development studies in the latest QS World University Rankings.

The Report was launched as part of the annual Why Think Tanks Matter Forum today in which think tanks from around the world convene to explore how best to support communities and policymakers to advance their understanding of the drivers and possible solutions to the unprecedented environmental, social, political, economic and technological disruptions of our era. Join the discussion at #ThinkTanksMatter2020.

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