CID Ranked 2nd Best University Think Tank in the World

March 18, 2016

The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University has been ranked the 2nd best university think tank and 5th best international development think tank, according to UPenn's new 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index.

The Index - produced annually by James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute - ranked thousands of organizations around the world in dozens of categories with input from more than 4,600 journalists, policymakers, think tank scholars and donors from 143 countries.

“We are extremely proud to be ranked the #2 university affiliated think tank in the world, particularly given our modest size and limited resources when compared to some of the institutions on the index,” said Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development. “This honor will only drive our dedicated team of faculty, fellows and staff to continue working on the development challenges facing citizens and governments across the globe.”

The objective of the index, said McGann, is “to gain a better understanding of the role think tanks play in governments and civil societies. Using this knowledge, we hope to help enhance the quality, capacity and performance of think tanks around the world.”

CID is one of three Harvard Kennedy School research centers to be recognized; the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (1st university affiliated) and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (32nd university affiliated) are also ranked.

This is the 7th consecutive year CID has appeared in the index.

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