APHRC recognized among leading global think tanks in global health policy and advocacy

February 9, 2021

For the fifth year in a row, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) has been ranked among top think tanks globally in the 2020 Global Go To Index Report by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

APHRC was the highest-ranking African think tank in the domestic health policy (12) and global health policy (27) categories. The Center also featured among the top institutions leading in advocacy campaigns (27). The annual Global Go To Index Report identifies and recognizes centers of excellence in major areas of public policy across the world.

Over the last 30 years, the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) has focused on researching the role policy institutes play in supporting governments and civil society around the globe. 

“We are proud of the continued global recognition of our contributions to national and global health policy. After a year of great disruption and turmoil due to the COVID19 pandemic, this recognition is a bright spot for the Center and motivates us to do even more. The pandemic has shown, more than ever, why we need strong local institutions identifying health challenges and providing solutions to those challenges. The Center will relentlessly continue with its mission to elevate African voices in policy discourse on health issues affecting the continent,” said Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi, Executive Director at APHRC. 

In its 15th edition, this year’s report highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on think tanks and their response to the pandemic. “Think tanks must become stronger, smarter and faster in response to COVID-19 and create effective policy recommendations to support vulnerable and impacted sectors around the world,” notes Dr. McGann of the Lauder Institute.



The African Population and Health Research Center is the continent’s premier research institution and think tank, exploring questions of population health and wellbeing. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with a newly opened regional office in Dakar, Senegal, the Center seeks to drive change with evidence led by a growing cadre of research leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa. Our teams orient their research agendas according to global and continental development priorities, driven by the belief that Africa and African-generated evidence must be at the forefront of decisions supporting improved growth and development.

For media inquiries contact

Patterson Siema – Director, Policy Engagement and Communications, APHRC

Email – psiema@aphrc.org