January 29, 2021
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The Navarra Center for International Development (NCID) has been ranked for sixth consecutive year the best Spanish university-affiliated think tank and the 54th worldwide, according to the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared by the University of Pennsylvania. The NCID, part of the Institute of Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra, positions itself with its research in development amongst the centers of reference with an international profile, standing alongside other 'think tanks' from institutions such as Harvard University or John Hopkins University.

In the last year, the NCID has contributed with five published papers on various topics such as the effects of ocean acidification on the child deaths in developing countries, forced displacements due to the expansion of palm oil cultivation in Colombia and the consequences of blackouts on the electricification of Kenyan households, among others. Also, in the field of political science, the center published in 2020 a study on the effects of decentralization on development and national unity in Kenya. All this adds to the annual update of the reports on the countries where the NCID has its focus: the Philippines, Guatemala, Kenya and South Africa. In addition, last year the center welcomed new researchers such as Dr. Tijan Bah, who specializes in migration issues. This year the index has also ranked the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo of the Universidad del Istmo in Guatemala as one of the best new think tanks in the world, a sister institution of the NCID that emerged through collaboration between both universities.

This honor fuels the NCID to continue improving its research impact, as well as its international outreach, its general contributions and its presence in the media, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2020 has analyzed more than 8,000 research centers and a total of 12,800 journalists, donors and personalities from civil society have contributed to its preparation. The selection criteria included topics such as staff quality, academic performance, impact and institutional relations, among others.