Advocata Institute has been named in the list of best new think tanks in the world in 2017 by University of Pennsylvania's Think tanks and civil society program (TTCSP). The list appears in the 2017 Global Go to Think Tank Index published annually by the university, widely regarded as the benchmark study of global think tanks.
This is the second consecutive year Advocata Institute ranked on the “Go to Think Tank Index” under the category of “Best Upcoming Think Tanks in the world”. Advocata Institute is a young think tank formed in May 2016, working on economic Freedom and free markets in Sri Lanka.
Advocata conducts research issues related State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in Sri Lanka, Protectionism and tariff reform as well as ease of doing business in the country.
Professor Rohan Samarajiva, Professor Premachandra Athukorala, Professor Suri Ratnapala and Dr.Nishan de Mel are few top academics serves in their board of advisors while Anarkali Moonesighe the CIMB CEO joined their advisory board from the corporate sector
Advocata recently hosted Prof.Robert Lawrence from Harvard Kennedy School on a session on “Path for Prosperity: Free Trade or Protectionism” and managed to win the “Asian Think Tank Shark Tank” competition in Jakarta for a research study on cost of construction & protectionism.
According to the “2017 Global Go to Think Tank Index” report there are 7815 (6486 think tanks in 2016) think tanks and civil society organizations in the world working on an array of issues of interest in environment, economy, international affairs and etc. The report has identified 32 think tanks and civil society organizations in Sri Lanka.
Regional centre for Strategic Studies(SL) ranked 32nd in the Best Think Tanks in Southeast Asian Region and Institute for Policy Studies(SL) followed them in the 33rd Ranking. Centre for poverty analysis (SL) (CEPA) ranked 44th and Institute for National Security Studies (SL) Ranked 100th in the same category.
Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies ranked 126th as the Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks
Brooking Institute in the United States was rated as the best think Tank in the world.
The key objective of the study of University of Pennsylvania is to helping to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy and the 2017 report is their 11th anniversary edition.