Think Tank Rankings
    Think Tank Rankings 2011
    Published: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:53:16 GMT   Updated: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 11:34:32 GMT
    The annual “Think Tank Index” from the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at University of Pennsylvania, has recently been published. Four organisations supported by Sida’s research cooperation are included in the top think tank rankings.

    6,545 think tanks in 182 countries were identified, nominated and ranked based on criteria such as the production of relevant research, publications and programs in different research areas. The "Think Tank Index" is seen as an authoritative source for public policy institutions. The objective of the ranking is to identify the leading think tanks in the world and to acknowledge their contribution to civil societies and governments.

    The four organisations supported by Sida's research cooperation, included in the top think tank rankings are:

    United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). The UN University in Finland is ranked six of the top thirty international development think tanks. UNU-WIDER is an international network of academics working to solve global challenges. They pursue multidisciplinary research and policy analysis to achieve structural changes for the world's poorest, build capacity to educate academics and civil servants in socioeconomic decision-making and to maintain a forum for discussion for sustainable and just development. Sida has supported UNU-WIDER since 2002. In the current agreement 2010 - 2014 Sida supports WIDER with 20 000 000 SEK.

    African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). AERC from Kenya is ranked seven of the top thirty think tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa and number 26 of the top thirty think tanks worldwide. The organisation is also on the ranking for top thirty international development think tanks and top thirty international economic policy think tanks with placement 30 and 29 respectively. AERC is an African network for research and research education in national economy, consisting of 24 universities in 19 African counties. Sida has supported AERC for many years.

    The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). CGIAR from USA is ranked 15 of the top thirty environment think tanks. It is a global partnership between research organizations that works to reduce poverty and famine, to improve health and nutrition and to increase the resistance of the ecosystems through international research, partnership and leadership. The World Bank, USA and various FN organizations are the main funders. Sida has supported CGIAR since 1973. The Sida contribution 2010-2012 is 226 500 000 SEK.

    Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). CODESRIA from Senegal is ranked 29 of think tanks with the best use of the internet or social media to engage the public. CODERSRIA is part of the cooperation for research, education, publication and distribution in social science called South/South. The objective of the cooperation is to establish collaboration between researches in Africa, Asia and Latin America and to bring the south perspective forward in global development issues. Sida has supported CODESRIA since 2005.

    Coming soon - collaboration with Tanzania
    Sida will be announcing a call for proposals for partnerships between Tanzanian and Swedish universities and institutions called “Research Partnership Programme - Tanzania”. The programme aims at supporting the strengthening of institutional research capacities at four key research universities and institutions in Tanzania. The call will open on September 1st 2014 and information will be available here.
    Future Earth secretariat
    Stockholm is one of five Global Hubs to comprise the new Future Earth secretariat. The other locations are in Canada, France, Japan and USA. Spread over three continents the secretariat will operate as one entity. Sida supports Future Earth and its research for sustainable development.
    Sweden and WHO sign new framework agreement for health
    Swedish Ambassador Jan Knutsson and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan have signed a contract that marks the first phase of a new six-year framework agreement. WHO’s reform initiative aims to ensure that the organization is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex health challenges of the 21st century. The reform’s objectives are three-fold: to improve health outcomes, to achieve greater coherence in global health and to foster organizational excellence.
    Summary of ReCom findings
    Research and Communication on Foreign Aid (ReCom) has now published a summary of their research findings. ReCom was implemented over 2011-2013 in a partnership between UNU-WIDER, Sida and Danida. The aim of the programme was to research and communicate what works and what can be achieved through development assistance.
    Bill Gates’ cooperation with Sida
    On the 31st of March Bill Gates held a speech on the theme “The world is getting better – how we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime”. Hannah Akuffo, the acting head of the unit for research cooperation, sat in the panel which raised important questions about how, where and why research and knowledge is needed for a sustainable development. Click the link to watch the lecture!
    PhD student Stella Kioko
    Sida supported International Science Programme (ISP) at Uppsala University has made a short film about PhD Student Stella Kioko from Kenya where she tells about her life and her physics research. Sida supports ISP 2014-2018 with 160 Million SEK.
    Collaboration with Uganda
    Received Letters of Intent for partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities aimed at research capacity strengthening have now been evaluated. Invitations to submit full proposals have been sent out to successful applicants during week 22, 2014. Guidelines for full proposal are available through the link below.
    Innovation for growth
    Sida has supported innovation within the research cooperation for many years and the support was recently evaluated. We have now produced a short overview over the evaluation, including two case studies and the conclusions drawn.
    U-forsk and Swedish Research Links
    These programs are from 2013 administrated by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council). Read more on their website:
    Seed funding from ISSC
    The call for proposals from ISSC with support from Sida’s research cooperation is now closed. A total of 500 applications were received. The call was for seed funding for 30 grants of €30,000 each with the aim to prepare researchers from all parts of the world to respond meaningfully to the call for Transformative Knowledge Network proposals that will be launched in October 2014.
    Meet our partners!
    Sida works with a number of partner organisations within the research cooperation. We have asked some of them to describe their mission and share their current news.
    Sida's Research Cooperation
    has a wide mandate in research support, encompassing bilateral research, regional cooperation, global programmes and higher education in Sweden. The aim is to create new knowledge and strengthen research capacity through the various programmes and projects.
    "Bolivian universities serve the people"
    "Inequality is decreasing and people are speaking about our economic growth across Latin America. This in part has our public universities to thank, and we are very proud of them." Bolivian vice president Álvaro García Linera at a recent conference in La Paz where twelve years of research cooperation between Sweden and Bolivia was celebrated.