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13.01.2009 Press Release

IMANI named Top Go-To Think Tank in Africa and Globally

By Franklin Cudjoe
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Top 25 Think Tanks in Southern Africa (including Sub-Saharan Africa)

1. Centre for Conflict Resolution – South Africa
2. South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) – South Africa
3. Institute for Security Studies (ISS) – South Africa
4. Free Market Foundation – South Africa
5. Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) – Senegal
6. IMANI Center for Policy and Education – Ghana
7. Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) – South Africa
8. Africa Institute of South Africa – South Africa
9. African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)– South Africa
10. Centre for Development Studies – Ghana
11. Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) – Ghana
12. Initiative for Public Policy Analysis - Nigeria
13. Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) – South Africa
14. Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) – Kenya
15. Kenya Institute for Public Policy – Kenya
16. Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) – Nigeria
17. Centre for Policy Studies – South Africa
18. Institute for Justice and Reconciliation – South Africa
19. Centre for Development and Enterprise - South Africa
20. Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) – South Africa
21. Institute for Statistical, Social, and Economic Research – Ghana
22. Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) - Ghana
23. South African Institute of Race Relations – South Africa
24. Ghana Centre for Democratic Development – Ghana
T25. Institute for Policy Alternatives – Ghana
T25. Institute of Economic Affairs - Ghana

Note: Two institutions were tied for the 25th spot in rankings so both are listed above.

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