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On April 7, 2020 375 think tank executives and scholars from 163 think tanks and 86 countries came together at the start of the COVID19 crisis to demonstrate their solidarity and commitment to save lives and livelihoods for the first Global Think Tank Town Hall. The meeting was followed by a call for action from the leading think tanks around the world to support those on the front lines with innovative policies, programs, and action. Titled Saving Lives and Livelihoods, this series of conferences was a momentous effort to provide timely and the most up-to-date information to policymakers and extend innovative ideas on how to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. Over 1200 executives and 500 organizations from around the world participated in this endeavor to continue the shared objective of bridging knowledge and policy at a time when it is needed more than ever. This report outlines specific case examples of think tanks impacting governmental policies during the pandemic. It includes case descriptions from think tanks who facilitated government pandemic policies around the world, regional analysis of the input from participants in the Town Halls, including the concerns they raise, recommendations they make, and the role of their think tanks in impacting governmental policies in their respective regions. There are 63 cases from 37 countries in the following report. We hope you find them helpful as we continue to deal with the impact of this Hydrademic.


All requests, questions, and comments should be directed to:

James G. McGann, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, International Studies Director Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program The Lauder Institute University of Pennsylvania Telephone: (215) 746-2928 Email:

2021 Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this report may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the University of Pennsylvania, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.


Think Tank, Civil Society, NGO, Pandemic, COVID-19, Policymaking, Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania



Date Posted: 01 October 2021