NSI ranked world's top think tank with an operating budget under $5 million

OTTAWA, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - For the second successive year, The North-South Institute (NSI) has been ranked the world's top think tank with an operating budget under $5 million, according to the 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Report.

The index results were announced Thursday at the United Nations University in New York and at The National Press Club in Washington, DC. Out of 6,603 participating think tanks, in the category "Top 30 Think Tanks in Mexico and Canada," NSI was ranked 4th, in the category "Top International Development Think Tanks," NSI was 12th and in the category "Top 100 Think Tanks Worldwide," NSI was 38th. Additionally, NSI was included in the categories of "Most Significant Impact on Public Policy" and "Think Tanks with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Research Programs".

"I am delighted," said NSI President Joseph K. Ingram. "NSI has been conducting independent policy research in the area of international development since 1976. This ranking is a wonderful way to have our work validated by the community and truly a reflection of NSI's talented and committed staff. It is also recognition of the significance of NSI's current research priorities and their importance for good public policy."

Based in Ottawa, NSI collaborates with its two main funders, the Canadian International Development Agency and the International Development Research Centre to tackle some of the world's most intractable problems. "In the course of our research we have engaged leading development policymakers and analysts, and closely collaborated with researchers in developing countries, on timely issues such as; innovative financing for development, the governance of natural resources, the role of multilateral institutions in promoting effective development, the promotion of economic and social development policy in fragile states, and the creation of decent work opportunities through trade, migration and investment," said Mr. Ingram.

NSI's current research agenda focuses on Governance for Equitable Growth, Fragile and Conflict-Affected States and Governance of Natural Resources, with a cross-cutting focus on decent work, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

The Global Go To Think Tank Report has been produced annually since 2006. It is led by Dr. James McGann of the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

SOURCE: The North-South Institute

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