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Adriatic Institute for Public Policy (AI) – Croatia
The Adriatic Institute is an independent, free market think tank
founded in 2004 in Rijeka, Croatia. AI is dedicated to advancing
economic freedom and advocating free market reforms in Croatia
and southeast Europe. AI promotes innovative thinking, advancing
principled and pro-growth solutions that have been
successfully implemented in Eastern Europe’s post-communist
countries. With its engaged advisors and research fellows, AI has
dedicated resources to sponsoring research, conferences and
strategic events that augment the competition of ideas by featuring
experts in fields ranging from economics to security.
Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization - Afghanistan
The Afghanistan Economic and legal studies organization is a non-governmental, impartial, non-political and independent organization that was established on 10 December 2009 pursuant to Afghanistan constitution and the law for non-governmental organizations with initiatives of national and international experts in economy and legal professions with registration ( #1530) in Ministry of Economy of Republic of Afghanistan has officially started it’s activities.
AELSO believes that in-depth relationship between legal and economic system will avail the opportunity to reveal legal and executive shortages and by proposing reasonable legal and economic initiatives the current situation will improve and better opportunities will arise in economic frame-work, therefore, this institute as a pioneer and first center for exchange of views , research, public-awareness and publication of new issues on market-economy, legal and human rights issues; firmly believes to provide useful services.
Albanian Socio Economic Think Tank (ASET) – Albania
The Albanian Socio Economic Think Tank is a non-profit organization
established in 1999. Its goal is to promote economic
development and social welfare. ASET has developed more than
30 projects in cooperation with different national and international
organization such as the Government of Albania, various
Albanian ministries, World Bank, SOROS Foundation, U.S.
Embassy, IFAD, GTZ, SEED, and GDN, among others.
Alternate Solutions Institute – Pakistan
Alternate Solutions Institute is Pakistan’s first free market
think tank. It is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental,
educational research entity, established for the “welfare of
the people by the people,” based on mutual help and cooperation
free from any political or partisan influence. The guiding
philosophy of the Institute is based on the values of limited
government, rule of law, protection of property rights, market
economy, individual freedom, and private initiative.
Asociación de Consumidores Libres – Costa Rica
The Asociación de Consumidores Libres is a non-profit organization
created to defend the rights of consumers to freely
choose. Its goal is to defend at all costs consumer rights against the
state, producers, and manufacturers. The Asociación de Consumidores
Libres defends the right to trade, which includes the right
to purchase goods and services from any bidder, regardless of race,
religion, nationality, or any other characteristic.
Association for Liberal Thinking – Turkey
Association for Liberal Thinking, ALT, was established in December
1992. The objectives of ALT as a non-profit, non-governmental
organization are to introduce to Turkish public the
richness of the intellectual tradition that lay at heart of the liberal
democratic civilization to engage in activities that promote understanding
and acceptance of values and concepts like liberty,
justice, tolerance, peace, human rights, the rule of law, to encourage
academic researches on liberal themes; and to contribute
to finding effective solutions to Turkey’s political and economic
problems within liberal thought.
Austrian Economics Center (AEC) – Austria
AEC promotes the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics.
Its main goal is to help create a free, responsible society. The
Center addresses questions concerning economic and social politics
by offering studies and solutions on a scientific basis. AEC’s
goal is to improve public understanding of the key economic
questions needed to promote a free society.
Bishkek Business Club – Kyrgyz Republic
Bishkek Business Club is a public association founded as a nonprofit,
non-governmental organization. The Club seeks to
radically improve the business environment in the Kyrgyz Republic
and change Kyrgyzstan into a major dynamic business
center. The Club strives to help the citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic
to access better social, information, technological, and
economic world systems. The Club endeavors to become a
credible organization that will have an impact on regional
Cathay Institute for Public Affairs – China
The Cathay Institute is a free market organization in China that
conducts research on free enterprise issues in China and around
Center for the Dissemination of Economic
Knowledge for Freedom (CEDICE) - Venezuela
Founded in 1984, CEDICE is a non-partisan, non-profit private
association. It is dedicated to the dissemination, research,
education, and promotion of free market ideas, individual liberty,
and limited government. CEDICE promotes individual
initiative, democracy, and property rights and conducts activities
conducive to better understanding of the free market system and
free and responsible societies.
Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic
Development (CEED) – Montenegro
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
was formed in 1993 to support entrepreneurship and economic
development. The Center understands the importance of applying
proven international business development concepts to
the local environment. The Center’s activities include training
and facilitating business start-ups, business consulting, research,
and creating policy analysis recommendations.
Center for Free Enterprise (CFE) – South Korea
Established in 1997, the Center for Free Enterprise propagates
research, education, and publications to diffuse classical liberalism
and market principles throughout Korea. CFE has also
come to act as the medium for market economists of Korea to
inform the people of Korea of their principles and research.
Center for Institutional Analysis and
Development (CADI) – Romania
The Center for Institutional Analysis and Development is a research,
outreach, and consultancy center promoting the institutions
underpinning economic and civil liberties. CADI
evolved as an umbrella think tank for libertarian, classical liberal,
neoconservative, and other branches of the center-right. CADI’s
activities range from public debates and workshops to syndicated
publications in support of public policies.
Center for Liberal-Democratic Studies (CLDS) – Serbia
CLDS is an independent think tank that studies policy, publishes
public policy proposals, and organizes seminars and lectures
on policy issues as part of its mission to influence the
public discourse and issues in Serbia.
Center for Mozambican and International Studies
(CEMO) – Mozambique
CEMO is a newly constituted non-profit association that promotes
in-depth analysis and discussion on public policy strategies
surrounding governance and development. It seeks to advance
knowledge sharing in the areas of science and technology, politics,
economics, culture, and society. The Center’s mission is to contribute
to the socio-economic development of Mozambique and
to produce innovative thinking in our society through research,
debates, surveys, and analysis of public policies.
Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) – Mexico
CIDAC is a not-for-profit think tank that undertakes research
and proposes viable policy options for Mexico’s economic and
democratic development. The organization seeks to promote open,
pluralistic debate in the pursuit of rule of law and democracy, market
economy, social development, and strengthening Mexico-U.S.
relations. CIDAC offers the results of its work to the general public
with the objectives of enriching the public debate and contributing
to relevant decision making in the country.
Central Asian Free Market Institute — Kyrgyz Republic
The Central Asian Free Market Institute (CAFMI) is an independent,
non-profit, think-tank founded on April 6, 2009, with
offices in Bishkek and Dushanbe and activities spanning Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. CAFMI experts to develop
into Central Asia’s major advocacy and research hub for public
The Center for Economic Research National -ONE HUNDRED - is a private entity, non-profit, but non-partisan policy, founded in 1981. Its mission is: to improve the living conditions of the people, through proposals based on the study technical, analytical and rigorous about the challenges associated with the promotion of welfare in its proper context.
Le Centre Des Affaires Humaines (CEDAH) – Burkina Faso
The CEDAH is a free market educational and research public
policy think tank founded in 2007 in Burkina Faso. The
CEDAH is an independent, non-profit organization with no
affiliations to any political party. The mission of the CEDAH is to propose original and innovative solutions for crafting
efficient public policies, using successful reforms applied elsewhere
as models. The CEDAH studies how markets function
with the aim of identifying the mechanisms and institutions that
foster prosperity and the long-term welfare of all individuals
who make up our society.
Centre for Civil Society – India
The Centre for Civil Society is an independent, non-profit research
and educational organization devoted to improving the
quality of life for all citizens of India by reviving and reinvigorating
Centre for Policy Research (CPR) – India
CPR is an independent and non-partisan research institute,
think tank, and one of the 27 national social science research
institutes recognized by the Indian Council of Social Science
Research (ICSSR) of the Government of India. Its main objectives
are to provide thought leadership and creative solutions to
address pressing intellectual and policy issues. CPR is recognized
for its multi-disciplinary approach and unique blend of scholarship
and practical expertise.
Civita – Norway
Civita strives to increase consensus on important market economy
principles and their implications on welfare, freedom, and
democracy. Civita is also dedicated to promoting personal responsibility
and civil society through research and exposition,
publications, seminars, conferences, and general information to
inform the public audience.
Competere – Italy
Competere is an Italian think tank that promotes greater market
freedom and individual liberty to create prosperity for individuals
and for their community. Its purpose is not only to spread
the values of liberalism but also to develop and implement classical
liberal politics to contribute to the betterment of the Italian
economy by creating a more competitive market with less state
presence, a more qualified young workforce, and a flexible labor
market. Competere’s projects focus on the urgencies and problems
of companies operating in the Italian and European markets.
EBI Think Tank Institute (EBI) – Mongolia
EBI, founded in 2008, is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank
based in Ulaanbaatar whose mission is to discover, develop, and
support “intellectual entrepreneurs” who can advance the Institute’s
vision of a society of free enterprise and development of
democracy. EBI strives to achieve its mission by identifying, recruiting,
training, and placing young outstanding people in politics
and government to increase the number and effectiveness
of public policy leaders.
Eudoxa – Sweden
Eudoxa is a think tank based in Stockholm, Sweden. Its main
focus is to explain the cultural impact of emerging technologies
by integrating research with classical free market ideas
and dynamist thoughts of experimentation, innovation, and
European Coalition for Economic Growth (ECEG) – Austria
ECEG acts as a European net hub, and cooperates extensively
with more than 100 public policy organizations. It promotes
the ideas of free market economics, the Austrian School of
Economics and public choice as viable economic alternatives in Austria and Europe not only by means of a public think tank
but also as an academic institute. Additionally, ECEG addresses
questions relating to public economic illiteracy, economic and
social politics, and offers scientific studies and solutions to help
improve public understanding of the key economic questions
involved in promoting a free society.
F.A. Hayek Foundation (FAHF) – Slovakia
FAHF, founded by a group of liberally oriented Slovak economists,
has as its core mission the establishment of a tradition of
liberal thinking in Slovakia. From this liberal tradition, the foundation
seeks to offer practical reform proposals for market solutions
to economic and social problem. FAHF seeks to widen
and propagate classical liberal ideas in the reform process
throughout Slovakia, provide a platform for the exchange of opinions
of experts and the broader public, and further develop
basic liberal ideas and values.
F.A. v. Hayek Institute – Austria
The F.A. v. Hayek Institute was founded in 1993 to commemorate
the work of Nobel Laureate Friedrich August von Hayek
and to promote the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics.
It is a private and independent academic research institution.
The Institute cooperates extensively with other like-minded
think tanks, and it organizes academic conferences, seminars,
and lectures tackling current economic issues.
Friedrich Naumann Foundation – Germany
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation is an independent, nonprofit,
and non-governmental organization that is committed
to promoting liberal policy and politics. Originating in Germany,
the Foundation promotes freedom in human dignity as
the ultimate precondition of a society where people can live
freely and in peace. The Foundation supports various projects in cooperation with partner organizations in Africa and is also
active in over 50 countries worldwide.
Frontier Centre for Public Policy – Canada
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy is an independent public
policy think tank based in western Canada. Its mission is to develop
and popularize policy choices that will help Canada’s prairie
region live up to its vast but unrealized economic potential.
Fundación Atlas 1853 – Argentina
Fundación Atlas 1853 is a non-partisan non-profit organization
established in 1998. Its mission is to lead the change towards an
open society based on the defense of individual freedom, the existence
of institutional limits to government action, the market economy,
private property, free enterprise, and the rule of law.
Fundación IDEA – Mexico
Fundación IDEA is a recently created, non-profit, and non-partisan
research center located in Mexico City. Its mission is to
conduct independent research, analysis, and evaluation of public
policy in Mexico and other developing countries. It seeks to
generate policy recommendations to improve policies and
programs that can improve equality of opportunity through
economic development, education, and poverty reduction.
Fundación Libertad - Panama
Fundación Libertad is a non-profit organization established in
the Republic of Panama in 2001. Its mission is to spread and
defend individual freedom principles and promote a society of
free and responsible citizens.
Fundacion Libertad y Progreso - Argentina
Freedom and progress is a research center for public policy created from the merger between CIIMA, Forum and future Republican Argentine. We join together to form a center for critical thinking and applied research to solve the problems of citizenship, promoting the values and principles of the Federal Republic Representative. We are a non-profit foundation, private and independent of any political group, religious, business, or government. Do not accept money from the State.
IMANI Center for Policy and Education – Ghana
IMANI, founded in 2004, is an African based non-profit, nongovernmental
organization dedicated to educating society on
the principles of a free economy and fostering public awareness
of important policy issues concerning business, government, and
civil society. Through seminars, publications and articles,
IMANI and its international partners seek to promote enlightened
inquiry based on sound values and scholarship.
The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) – Nigeria
IPPA is a public policy research institute in Nigeria. Founded
in 2001, IPPA’s focus is on the principles and institutions underlying
a free and open society, specifically in Africa and Nigeria.
IPPA conducts research and advocacy on public policy issues, including
development economics, trade, entrepreneurship, property
rights, education, environment, health, and security.
Institut Constant de Rebecque – Switzerland
The Institut Constant de Rebecque is an independent, nonprofit
think tank in Switzerland. The Institut Constant de Rebecque
promotes a climate of opinion favorable to individual
growth, private initiative, and free enterprise through a network
of thinkers, researchers, and young scholars. To that end, the
Institut develops innovative and sustainable solutions to current
challenges and broadens the public debate.
Institute for Democracy and Economic
Affairs (IDEAS) – Malaysia
IDEAS is Malaysia’s first think tank dedicated to promoting
market-based solutions to public policy challenges. IDEAS is an independent, non-profit organization. As a cross-partisan think
tank, it works across the political spectrum. IDEAS’ purpose is
to advance market-based principles by working with an extensive
network of experts who share its ideals.
The Institute for Free Enterprise (IUF) – Germany
IUF is Germany’s free market think tank. The Institute works
towards policy change by developing concepts for reforms with
local and international experts. Those ideas are then proposed to
policy makers, thereby challenging the interventionist mindset.
Institute of Future Studies for Development (IFD) – Thailand
The Institute of Future Studies for Development is a non-profit
academic research organization that aims to stimulate a longterm
vision for the holistic development of Thai society, especially
in the field of economics, human resource, and national
Institute for Liberty and Democracy – Peru
The Institute for Liberty and Democracy (or ILD) is a Limabased
think tank devoted to the promotion of property rights
in developing countries. To provide governments with the
expertise and information to implement institutional reforms
in property and business rights that allow citizens to be included
in the market economy and thus pull themselves out of poverty
Institute for Market Economics (IME) – Bulgaria
Established in 1993, IME is the first and oldest independent
economic policy think tank in Bulgaria. Its mission is to elaborate
and advocate market-based solutions to challenges citizens
of Bulgaria and the region face in reforms. IME provides an independent
assessment and analysis of the government’s economic
policies and strives to be a focal point for an exchange of
views on market economics and relevant policy issues.
Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – Australia
The IPA is an independent, non-profit public policy think tank,
dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of
economic and political freedom. Since 1943, the IPA has been
at the forefront of the political and policy debate, defining the contemporary political landscape. The IPA supports the free
market of ideas, the free flow of capital, a limited and efficient
government, evidence-based public policy, the rule of law, and
Instituto de Libre Empresa (ILE) – Peru
ILE was founded in 1998 and is a non-profit Peruvian think
tank based in Lima, which advocates a system of free enterprise
under the values and virtues of limited government, private
property rights, and free markets.
Instituto Liberdade (IL-RS) – Brazil
The Instituto Liberdade do Rio Grande do Sul (IL-RS) is a
Brazilian private non-profit organization think tank whose
major purpose is to foster the research, creation, and dissemination
of educational and cultural assets. IL-RS achieves its goal
by displaying to all individuals the advantages of an organized
society based on the principles of individual rights, limited and
representative government, and respect for private property
rights, contracts, and free initiative.
International Research Foundation (IRF) – Oman
The International Research Foundation is an independent, nonprofit
economic think-tank with emphasis on the Arab world,
which focuses its research and public affairs agenda on a collegial
basis, relying on the input of its research staff, its editorial board
and Senior Fellows. IRF’s vision is to promote growth through
economic freedom, and its mission is to measure, research and
communicate to a regional and global audience the impact of
competitive markets on the welfare of individuals.
Iraq Institute for Economic Reform (IIER) – Iraq
The Iraq Institute for Economic Reform is an independent research
institute based in Baghdad. Its mission is to assist Iraq in
its transition to a modern market economy by promoting reform
based on sound research and case studies. IIER seeks to
structure a system of formal property rights and to assist in the
development of an effective civil society by promoting vigorous
public debate among stakeholders about the future of Iraq.
Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS) – Israel
JIMS is an independent, non-profit economic policy think tank
whose mission is to promote social progress in Israel through
economic freedom and individual liberty. Founded in 2003, it
has quickly become one of Israel’s most successful non-profit
economic policy think tanks. JIMS regularly publishes influential
economic policy papers and editorials, runs a number of innovative
private educational projects, and administers a unique
public opinion survey called the Israel Panel Study of Opinion
Liberales Institut – Switzerland
Founded in 1979, the Liberales Institut pursues as its mission
the research and dissemination of ideas of freedom. The Institut
advances the Swiss tradition and culture of individual liberty,
peace, openness, and political diversity, and it furthers the development
of the liberal intellectual tradition.
Libertad y Desarrollo – Chile
Libertad y Desarrollo is a private research and study center – a
think tank – independent of any political, religious, business,
and government affiliations. The institute is dedicated to the
analysis of public policies and to promoting the values and principles
of a free society. To achieve this objective, Libertad and
Desarrollo is organized around core pragmatic activities.
Liberty Institute – India
Liberty Institute is an independent think tank dedicated to
empowering the people by harnessing the power of the market.
It seeks to build understanding and appreciation of the four institutional
pillars of a free society – individual rights, rule of
law, limited government, and the free market. The Institute undertakes
a number of activities, among them research and advocacy
on public policy issues. It organizes conferences and
seminars, and it has a publications program. The Institute is
working on a range of public policy issues, including economic
development and trade policy, energy policy and environmental
quality, education and health policies, democracy and governance
reforms, and intellectual property rights and innovation,
Limited Government – Nepal
Founded in 2007, Limited Government is an independent, nonpartisan,
non-profit research and educational institute. Its mission
is to facilitate and elevate the debate on the ideas of liberty
among opinion-leaders and civil society by cultivating a climate
of ideas that advocates for free market public policy reforms.
The Lion Rock Institute – Hong Kong
The Lion Rock Institute was founded in 2004 and is a public
policy think tank advocating free market solutions for Hong
Kong policy challenges. It espouses open and free markets, property
rights, small government, low taxes, and minimal restrictions
on the business environment to create the best
environment for freedom and prosperity.
Ludwig von Mises Institute – Poland
Ludwig von Mises Institute is an independent and non-profit
center for research and education based in Poland. The main
purpose of the Mises Institute is to raise social awareness of the
economic processes and basic institutions of a laissez-faire economy.
We also promote relations based on free will and peaceful
cooperation between individuals. The Mises Institute draws
from the tradition of the Austrian School of Economics, writings
of classical liberalism, and libertarian political thought.
Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc. – Philippines
Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc. is an independent think
tank advancing five core principles: small government, small
taxes, free markets, rule of law, and personal responsibility. It
believes that society will be more peaceful and dynamic if individuals,
parents, firms, and their voluntary organizations will
assume more individual and voluntary responsibility for their
lives, their families, and their communities.
The Nassau Institute - The Bahamas
Founded in 1995, The Nassau Institute is a think tank that promotes
capitalism and free markets. Its mission is to formulate
and promote public policies for The Bahamas based on the
principles of limited government, individual freedom, and the
rule of law. The Nassau Institute encourages the revival of
historical research promoting the free and enterprising commonwealth and countering the political philosophy of
statism in all its forms.
New Economic School (NESG) – Georgia
NESG is a not-for-profit institution oriented towards creation
of public opinion, based on classical liberal economic thought.
Its main ideas are methodological individualism, personal freedom,
and limited government. NESG’s activities include dissemination
of economic knowledge through seminars,
conferences, publishing, translations, public lectures, etc. It is
involved in the public policy development process through organizing
meetings, seminars, participating in debates, government
commissions, inviting international experts, etc.
OHRID Institute for Economic Strategies and
International Affairs – Macedonia
The OHRID Institute is an independent, non-profit think tank.
It is commited to providing balance to the policy discourse in
Macedonia by conducting economic policy research, promoting
private sector and free market reform, and acting as a “watchdog”
on government activities to ensure accountability. It strives
to contribute to Macedonia’s development into a market-based
Pal-Think for Strategic Studies – Palestine
Pal-Think for Strategic Studies is an independent, non-profit,
non-political, non-governmental, and non-sectarian think tank
that aims to stimulate and inspire rational public discussions
and consensus for the well-being of Palestinians and the Region.
Pal-Think was established in 2007 in Gaza-Palestine by a group
of Palestinian researchers and community activists who have
intimate relations and diverse knowledge of the Middle East, its
current problems, potentials, and possibilities.
Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and
Education (PAFERE) – Poland www.pafere.org
PAFERE is an independent, non-governmental organization
dedicated to free market education and promotion of economic
freedom, free trade, and private property. It also studies the relationship
of ethics to economics and the development of economic
sciences. PAFERE’s main objectives are to propagate
basic economic knowledge and the understanding of relationships
between ethics and economy, to promote research on free
market economics, and to expose economic myths and fallacies.
Samriddhi Foundation –Nepal
Emulating the principles of democratic practices recognized in
the 21st century, Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation is registered
under the Company Act of Nepal as a not for profit organization.
It believes in people’s power and recognizes
individuals as the top notch of the power center
Timbro – Sweden
Since 1978, Timbro has advocated for free markets, free trade,
and free societies. Timbro’s mission is to originate, promote, and
disseminate ideas and issues supporting the principles of free
markets, free enterprise, individual liberty, and a free society.
The Unirule Institute of Economics – China
The Unirule Institute of Economics (Unirule) is an independent,
nonprofit, non governmental (NGO) think tank, which was
jointly initiated in July of 1993 by five prominent economists,
Prof. Mao Yushi, Prof. Zhang Shuguang, Prof. Sheng Hong,
Prof. Fan Gang, and Prof. Tang Shouning. Unirule is dedicated
to the open exchange of ideas in economics in general, with a
particular focus on institutional economics, and maintains a
highly prestigious status within academic circles.
The Ukrainian Reform Support Foundation – Ukraine
The Ukrainian Reform Support Foundation is a public nonprofit
organization founded in 1993 with the objective of encouraging
economic reforms in Ukraine in the direction of the
creation of an economically efficient, self-governed Ukrainian
society and democratic Ukrainian state.
The Zambia Institute for Public Policy Analysis (ZIPPA) – Zambia
Founded in 2004, ZIPPA is an independent, non-political, and
educational research institute. Its mission is to promote wider
appreciation of the key role free markets and competition play
in economic development. ZIPPA undertakes and supports
research on economic matters and public policy, comments
on legislation related to economic and social matters, and
organizes discussions and debates on economic and social issues.
It strives to spread the principles of free markets by holding
seminars, workshops, and conferences, by publishing and distributing
books, journals, and pamphlets, and by networking
with like-minded people and organizations in Zambia and