IMANI Africa has been ranked the third best think tank in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017 among several other accolades by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), University of Pennsylvania.
In 2007, the TTCSP developed and launched a global index of think tanks called Global Go To Think Tank Index, which serves as a framework for publishing the Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports annually.
The Index and Reports are designed to identify and recognize centers of excellence in all the major areas of public policy research and in every region of the world. It is the result of an international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policymakers, and journalists who helped rank over 6,500 think tanks using a set of 18 criteria.
The rankings have in the past been co-launched with the Foreign Policy Magazine, the United Nations University, other top-rated Universities and think thanks.
Out of 90 think tanks ranked across the sub-region in the 2017 Report, IMANI came third whilst occupying the first position in Ghana.
With far less than $5M USD annual operating budget, IMANI employs a variety of tools including research, advocacy, media, events, and internet technology to challenge and influence public policies in ways that positively impact the larger populace.
In the last four years of the index, 2014-2017, IMANI has missed the first position on the sub-Saharan African ranking to South African, Kenyan, Senegalese and Batswana think tanks. This is how IMANI fared on the Sub-Saharan list in the last four years- 2014- (2nd), 2015- (2nd), 2016- (4th), 2017- (3rd). Since 2012, IMANI has been ranked the most influential think tank in Ghana.