According to an annual assessment by the University of Pennsylvania, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) has been recognized as a Top 10 think-tank in Central Asia.
The ranking, under the initiative of 'The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program' is an effort to examine the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations. It is designed to identify and recognize centers of excellence in all the major areas of public policy research and in every region of the world.
The 2015 report, published online this week, shows that the AREU has moved from 14th position in the year 2014, to 9th position in the year 2015. This year's assessment of research organizations is done under the theme: "Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public." This report has been launched globally, in around 60 countries.
"Policies cannot improve people's lives, unless they are based on impartial and independent research that is based on evidence. In Afghanistan, AREU, for many years, has been in the forefront of providing such research to policymakers and contributing to the public policy environment", says AREU director, Nader Nadery.
"We produce evidence-based research and actively engage stakeholders in our findings and recommendations, to help create a better Afghanistan", he adds.
AREU is an independent research institute based in Kabul with a mission to inform and influence policy and practice through conducing high-quality, policy-relevant research and actively disseminating the results, as well as to promote a culture of research and learning.