Kenyan research agency ranked number one in Africa
08 February 2016, 10:50
Nairobi - The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) has been ranked the top think tank in Sub-Saharan Africa in a global index.
This is according to the 2015 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report, which was officially released last Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
It is the second time in a row that KIPPRA, a public policy research think tank which endeavors to conduct evidence-based research to inform public policy, emerged number one among other 615 bodies in continent.
KIPPRA, was placed at position 143 among the 6 846 think tank bodies from across the world that were ranked.
"The ranking identifies think tanks that excel in research, analysis and public engagement on a wide range of policy issues with the aim of advancing debate, facilitating cooperation between relevant actors, maintaining public support and funding, and improving the overall quality of life in their countries," reads the report in part.
Ghana's Imani Centre for Policy and Education, Senegal's Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa and Botswana's Institute for Development Policy Analysis were ranked number two, three and four respectively.
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Other think tanks among the top ten from the continent include; African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, South Africa Institute of International Affairs, Africa institute of South Africa and Centre for Conflict Resolution all from South Africa. They took the fifth to eight position, respectively.
Speaking to News24 Sunday, Dickson Khainga, Kippra's Acting Executive Director said they are happy about the global recognition and vowed to steer the institute to greater heights and better performance.
"We are happy for the continued recognition of our input in public policy research both in Kenya and in the region. KIPPRA will continue gearing its efforts towards being an international center of excellence in public policy research and analysis," said Dr Khainga.
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He attributed KIPPRA's sterling performance to an experienced board of directors, a dedicated staff and management, strong partnerships, and the continued support from the Government, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), and the Think Tank Initiative of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
The Global Go-To Think Tank Index is compiled annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme at the University of Pennsylvania to acknowledge the important contributions and emerging global trends of think tanks worldwide. It covers 143 countries.
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