Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) is a Brazilian think tank and higher education institution founded in 1944, dedicated to promoting Brazil’s economic and social development.
In 2015, FGV was considered one of the top 15 think tanks in the world and top think tank in Latin America for the 7th consecutive year, according to the 2015 Global Go To Think Tanks Index produced the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania.
What is a think tank?
A think tank is an organization that conducts independent research, engages in advocacy and develops innovative solutions to problems in areas such as economics, social sciences, public policies and foreign policy.
Currently, public policies involve a large number of domestic and international players looking to influence them, such as international organizations, foreign governments, interest groups, experts, academics and think tanks. Think tanks (also called policy institutes) are becoming increasingly more important in a world of growing complexity where decision making isn’t exclusively in the hands of the government.
The role of these centers is to produce research with the objective of analyzing government policies, resolving conflicts, finding innovative solutions, as well as promoting the progress of academic knowledge and theoretical debates. For these reasons, think tanks contribute deeply to the socioeconomic development of their countries of origin and those in which they have a presence. Furthermore, they are the bridges between society and policy makers, as they engage in debates about such policies with the public.
For more information about FGV’s ranking in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index, please click here.