The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania has released its annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report for 2016. The report has recognized the existence of 12 think tanks in Nepal but only 6 of the 12 have figured on the Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Samriddhi Foundation, a think tank that promotes ideas of freedom- civil, political and economic – through public policy recommendations, has made it as the only think tank from Nepal to be featured on Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks, Top Transparency and Good Governance Think Tanks and Best Independent Think Tanks (globally) in addition to the Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Among 100 think tanks listed under Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Centre for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA) was listed at 21, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET-N) was listed at 26, Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) was ranked at 63, Nepal South Asia Centre (NESAC) was ranked at 65, Nepal Economic Forum (NEF) was ranked at 84 and Samriddhi Foundation was ranked at 97.
Samriddhi Foundation managed to maintain its presence in the same categories from last year. This year, it ranked at 60 on the Top Transparency and Good Governance Think Tanks out of 64 think tanks and was placed at 120 out of 148 think tanks on the Best Independent Think Tanks category. It was also placed at the 135th spot out of 135 countries on Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks globally.
The index catalogued 6,846 think tanks worldwide with inputs from over 4,750 journalists, policymakers, public and private donors, and area specialists from around the world. The 2016 categories were divided on basis of geographical region, areas of research, and ‘special achievement’ (which involves ranking based on advocacy campaigns, programs and upcoming think tanks).
The link to the full report can be accessed here: http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1011&context=think_tanks