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6th Year Running: Al-Shabaka Ranks Among World’s Top Think Tanks

For the sixth year running, Al-Shabaka ranks among the world’s top think tanks

According to the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTI) report, released January 31, Al-Shabaka placed 36th among 88 of the world’s top think tank networks, maintaining its position despite the increase in think tanks rated. And, for the first time, Al-Shabaka also ranked within the world’s top 100 think tanks in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The GGTI report, which is published by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, is based on input from 1,796 peer institutions and experts reviewing over 8,000 think tanks across 85 countries worldwide.

The report notes that politically hostile environments, decreased funding, and government-dependency have led to a worldwide decline in newly established think tanks, but reiterates the important role that think tanks play in “analyzing, developing and promoting policy solutions, particularly in times of extreme disruption and change.”

Al-Shabaka is proud to be at the forefront of think tank innovation. “This is welcome recognition on the 10th anniversary of Al-Shabaka’s founding,” Board President Nadia Hijab said.

“As the first independent, global Palestinian think tank, our virtual model works to overcome the geo-political fragmentation of the Palestinian people," she added. “We draw on the diverse expertise and lived experiences of our near-200 members to enrich our policy analysis and recommendations, in close collaboration with our partners. And we extend our warmest thanks to all our members and supporters, without whom these achievements would not be possible.”

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Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network is a registered 501(c)(3). It is fully funded through the contributions of its members and other individual and institutional supporters of its mission and goals.