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Think Tank of the Year

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is the winner of Prospect Magazine’s 2016 Think Tank of the Year award in the “International Affairs” category.

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Nobel Laureates’ Guide

Prioritizing just 19 of the UN’s 169 global targets would be equivalent to doubling or quadrupling foreign aid. There’s a moral imperative to get these choices right.

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Top Priorities for Bangladesh

Our Eminent Panel, including a Nobel laureate economist and Bangladeshi economic experts, announced a prioritized list of investments that would produce phenomenal benefits for Bangladesh, saving billions of takas and averting one-in-eleven deaths.

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Haïti Priorise

Copenhagen Consensus Center's latest project Haïti Priorise will work with stakeholders across the country to find, analyze, rank and disseminate the best solutions for the country.

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Making Real Impact

Our research is routinely cited by policymakers and NGOs. We provide crucial data and insight into some of the world’s most intractable problems, allowing governments and aid agencies to make smart decisions and achieve more with their limited resources.

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Real People, Real Problems

Copenhagen Consensus interviewed more than 50 people, all around the world - to ask them about their priorities and concerns. 

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Ranking Smart Solutions

Every four years, Copenhagen Consensus hosts a high profile thought experiment on how to spend a hypothetical extra $75 billion to solve twelve major problems.

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Copenhagen Consensus Center

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is a think tank that researches and publishes the smartest solutions to the world's biggest problems. Our studies are conducted by more than 300 economists from internationally renowned institutions, including seven Nobel Laureates, to advise policymakers and philanthropists how to achieve the best results with their limited resources. 

Copenhagen Consensus is an outstanding, visionary idea and deserves global coverage” - The Economist

The Center was voted Think Tank of the Year in International Affairs (US) by Prospect Magazine, and our advocacy for data-driven prioritization was voted one of the top 20 campaigns worldwide in a think tank survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.

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Our Process

The Copenhagen Consensus Center focuses on cost-effective solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. We create a framework to prioritize solutions, with the goal of achieving the most good for people and the planet. Our analyses take into account not just the economic, but also health, social and environmental benefits.

The Copenhagen Consensus prioritization process is the most interesting, innovative and useful approach by any think tank in recent decades."

- Michael R. Sinclair, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Our Projects

For more than a decade, the Copenhagen Consensus approach has been applied at a global level, mostly recently analyzing the effectiveness of the UN’s global goals for 2016-2030. In 2015, The Copenhagen Consensus Center launched the Bangladesh Priorities project, the flagship country-level prioritization project to apply the Copenhagen Consensus approach on a national scale and currently kicking off a similar project in Haiti.

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Our Impact

Our research is routinely cited by policymakers and NGOs. We provide crucial data and insight into some of the world’s most intractable problems, allowing governments and aid agencies to make smart decisions and achieve more with their limited resources.

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Testimonials

Top philanthropists like Bill Gates and heads of state like Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark have endorsed the Copenhagen Consensus prioritization approach.

Copenhagen Consensus is a foundation of great international prestige that sponsors many investigations into how to make the best investments to help humanity, protect the environment, generate sustainable development and effective social development. It is a very beautiful organization, with some very clear goals."

- Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

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Prospect’s International Affairs Think Tank of the Year

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Prothom Alo discusses Bangladesh Priorities project

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