2020 Top Think Tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa

Carolina Tobon
5 November 2021
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The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. TTCSP produces the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index that ranks the world’s leading think tanks in a number of categories. This list includes leading institutions from the 2020 index and in the region south of the Sahara Desert.

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93 publications

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is a non-profit Accra-based think tank. ACET economists, researchers, and support staff advise African governments —including Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone—on …


13 publications

The mission of KIPPRA is to provide quality public policy advice to the Government of Kenya by conducting objective research and analysis and through capacity building in order to contribute …


4,024 publications

CODESRIA was established in 1973. Its aim is to promote, facilitate and disseminate research (within the social sciences) throughout Africa and also to create a community in which members can …


221 publications

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA Kenya) is a think-tank that provides a platform for informed discussions in order to influence public policy in Kenya. We seek to promote pluralism …


1,703 publications

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent public policy think tank advancing a well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa.


214 publications

Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization concerned with poverty and pro-poor growth. REPOA undertakes and facilitates research, conducts and coordinates training, and promotes the development of …


208 publications

ACCORD’s primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD specialises …


102 publications

Policy Studies Institute (PSI) is a policy think tank established in November 2018 by the Ethiopian government. It was founded by merging two state-owned think tanks in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Development …


1,113 publications

Established in 1988, the African Economic Research Consortium is a capacity building institution to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. AERC has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. …


99 publications

The IMANI Center for Policy and Education is a think tank that seeks to promote peace and prosperity in Africa by educating business, government and civil society members on the …