By 2025, an African continent where countries are successfully driving their own growth and transformation agenda, supported by capable institutions and best policies for the benefit of all.
Promote policy and institutional reforms for sustained economic growth and transformation in Africa.
- Conduct transformational studies
ACET studies are designed to inform policy discussions and actions on economic growth and transformation in Africa. These studies, which consist of country case studies, sub-sector studies, thematic studies and regional studies, analyze the growth performance of African countries, identify successes and draw lessons from emerging economies. Study findings form the basis for policy recommendations and measures to accelerate progress in 14 countries.
- Advise governments on managing economic transformation
ACET supports African governments in their efforts to strengthen institutional capacities for long-term growth and transformation. Areas covered are: designing and implementing aid policies, improving public investment programs, rationalizing the planning and budgeting functions, and supporting effective long-term planning. Currently engaged in Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, we are planning to expand the service to other countries.
- Support effective management of extractive resources
ACET helps African governments to effectively manage their extractive resources for the benefit of their people. We assist governments in overcoming the policy and institutional barriers to the effective management and regulation of oil, gas, and mineral resources by supporting the formulation of fiscal policy regimes, crafting laws for licensing extractives operations, negotiating and enforcing contracts, managing resources and containing the risks that undermine sustainable practice.
ACET currently has a staff of 23 from 8 African countries who work from our Accra-based secretariat. In addition we have also developed a roster of dozens of African professionals and other experts with broad experience and solid reputations as policymakers at the national level, senior staff of international organizations, seasoned private-sector specialists and world-class academics that we draw upon to support our work.
Organization Contact Information:
Africa Center for Economic Transformation
50 Liberation Road
Ridge Residential Area
Phone: +233 (0)302 253 638, +233 (0)302 258143 – 5
Fax: +233 (0)302 258140
Africa Institute for Development Policy
AFIDEP is non-profit policy think tank whose purpose is to translate research evidence and use it to advocate for improved policies and program effectiveness in Africa. The Institute seeks to ensure that policy makers and program managers at national, regional, and international levels have consistent and sustained availability of timely, relevant, trusted, and accessible evidence to enable them to set proper priorities, increase investment, and enhance effectiveness of intervention programs in these areas. The ultimate goals are to contribute to the improvement of the wellbeing of Africans by reducing unplanned pregnancies, reducing maternal and child deaths, slowing population growth, and improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes of young people.
Program Focus and Approach
AFIDEP’s work currently focuses on three issues: 1) Population change and development; 2) Maternal and child health; and 3) Adolescent Reproductive Health and Development. The Institute uses three interrelated program approaches:
Knowledge Generation and Translation
AFIDEP translates research evidence to demonstrate the investment case and scalable lessons for strengthening the capacity of programs in addressing barriers that limit equitable access to services in the region. AFIDEP generates and translates new knowledge through: a) systematic reviews, synthesis, and translation of evidence; b) analysis of secondary data to assess policy scenarios and monitor budget allocations and equity dimensions in delivery of services; and c) analyses of policy and program environments to identify gaps in service delivery and opportunities for improving the effectiveness of programs.
Evidence Based Advocacy
AFIDEP works various partners to advocate for investment and action in addressing population and health issues in Africa in selected countries (currently Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Rwanda) and at regional level. It facilitates knowledge transfer at the regional level through its involvement in and partnership with key regional networks and organizations such as the African Union, regional development communities, parliamentary health committee networks, and reproductive health networks. At the international level, AFIDEP participates in international conferences, high-level experts panels, and organizes meetings with key development partners to ensure that evidence and perspectives of African professionals inform their programs for Africa.
In order to have sustained evidence-based decision-making in Africa, AFIDEP optimizes the capacity of researchers, advocates, and policymakers in translating and using research and related forms of evidence through training workshops, fellowships, and direct knowledge transfer during collaboration. AFIDEP strengthens skills of researchers in knowledge translation, policy analysis, scenario building, and effective communication; and works with advocates and end users of evidence to optimize their capacity in accessing and using research information.
Expertise and Governance
AFIDEP brings together a multidisciplinary team of scholars that constitute its core staff as well as a network of Associate Fellows who contribute to the Institute’s work and seek to strengthen the impact of their own work through AFIDEP’s programs and connections. A Board of Directors, composed of a multidisciplinary team of internationally reputable professionals, provides advice to the leadership of AFIDEP on institutional development issues, program development, and fund-raising.
AFIDEP forges collaborative partnerships with national think-tanks, regional economic blocks, international research organizations, civil society organizations, advocacy networks, and professional associations in order to enhance the scope and impact of its work, optimize synergies, and leverage resources, expertise, and experiences. AFIDEP works closely with local research and advocacy partners to ensure that knowledge translation is locally owned, driven, and sustained.
Organization Contact Information:
African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
Suite #29, Royal Offices, Mogotio Road, off Chiromo Lane,
P. O. Box 14688-00800, Westlands,
The African Technology Policy Studies Network
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) is a multidisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sectors and civil society actors promoting the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Africa’s development, environmental sustainability and global inclusion. It was established in 1994 and was incorporated as an independent African organization in August 2001. Subsequently, the ATPS Secretariat was accorded full Diplomatic status in Kenya on 3rd December 2003. ATPS operates through chapters in 29 countries across Africa and the Diaspora in Europe and USA.
The overall objective of the ATPS is to build Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation (STI) capacity today for sustainable development tomorrow. The strategic vision is to become the leading centre of excellence and reference in science, technology and innovation systems research, training and capacity building, communication and sensitization, knowledge brokerage, policy advocacy and outreach in Africa. The institution’s mission is to improve the quality of science, technology and innovation systems research and policy making in Africa by strengthening capacity for science and technology knowledge generation, communication and dissemination, use and mastery for sustainable development in Africa.
The overall policy-making body of ATPS is the international Board of Directors comprising African and non-African scholars, policymakers and private sector actors, who formulate and monitor the implementation of ATPS policies and procedures designed to fulfill the network’s objectives. The ATPS Secretariat has an independent and dynamically evolving staff that provides executive direction, administrative implementation and physical infrastructure to the network. The Secretariat is led by a Secretariat Management Committee (SMC) chaired by the Executive Director.
The ATPS has been funded by several donors and sponsors, among which include the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Royal Dutch Government, the Rockefeller Foundation, African Development Bank (AfDB), Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA/Netherlands), Ford Foundation, Coca-Cola Eastern Africa, Carnegie Corporation, World Bank, OPEC Fund, Federal Government of Nigeria, World Bank- infoDev, UNESCO, UN-IDEP, NEPAD, OSF, and UNEP among others.
Organization Contact Information:
African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network
3rd Floor, The Chancery, Valley Rd.
P.O Box 10081 00100
Tel: 254 020 2714092, 2714168, 2714498, 2723800
Fax: 254 020 2714028
The Center for Democratic Development
Rates of economic growth in some African countries are among the fastest in the world, potentially creating vast development opportunities. Yet the challenges of improving the continent’s educational and health systems, advancing good governance and democratization, protecting and conserving the environment and increasing respect for human rights remain as pressing as ever. Appalled by these, there was and is still the need for Africans and their partners to find and implement innovative solutions to all these challenges if we are to accelerate the pace on development. It is in response to this urgent call that the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) was established in 1998 as one of a new breed active Think Tanks across Africa to nurture and encourage a global pool of local knowledge and experts to address the aforementioned development challenges confronting Ghana and the African continent at large.
CDD-Ghana is an independent and non-partisan non-governmental research-based and policy-oriented institute. The Center’s corporate mission is to promote democracy, good governance and economic openness in Ghana in particular, and Africa in general. Its vision is a free, peaceful and well governed society based on the rule of law, justice, integrity in public administration and equal opportunities for all in Ghana and Africa. It pursues these twin corporate philosophies through high-quality policy research, technical analyses and widely disseminated publications and documentation. It also organizes roundtables, seminars and conferences, issue press statements, and engages in extensive networking with relevant state and non-state stakeholders to inform and educate, to foster public and policy-maker awareness, and to support advocacy and stimulate policy reform on a broad range of democracy, governance and economic issues. Its core values are non-partisanship, independence, integrity, accountability, objectivity and equal opportunity.
Indeed, the Center aims to be a leading continental and regional institution dedicated to comparative research, analysis, documentation, information sharing and consultancy services in the areas of good governance and democratic development, respected for its objectivity as well as the quality of its research and advocacy outputs. With current staff strength of more than thirty-five full-time workers, the Center is headed by an accomplished Executive Director and includes program and research officers and professional accountants and Administrators. A host of visiting scholars, researchers, interns and local and international consultants routinely complement and enrich the work of the Center.
The Center undertakes major research and consultancy programs to support Ghanaian and African democratic development and good governance such as:
- The governance and anti-corruption diagnostic research (2000),
- The Economic Commission for Africa’s/ UNDP’s Africa Governance Report I, II & III in 2002, 2007 & 2011 respectively
- Afrobarometer surveys (since 1999),
- The World Bank’s social accountability in Ghana report (2006)
- The Ghana “Drivers of Change” analysis in 2004/5
- The political governance and democracy component of Ghana’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in 2004/5
On the international front, CDD-Ghana engages in extensive international networking and collaborations. The Center is a member of…
- The Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI)
- World Movement for Democracy/Africa Democracy Forum (ADF),
- The Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies (CoD)
- African Transitional Justice Research Network/West African Transitional Justice Network;
- Global Network of Local Governments (GNLG)
- Consortium for Development Partners (CDP) and;
- The Power, Politics and Policy in Africa research consortium.
By undertaking these and many more activities, CDD-Ghana continuously devises innovative solutions built on local research and local thinking to change the way development policy is developed and pursued in Ghana and Africa. Without a matter of doubt, the Center’s work is testimony to the fact that local research can drive real policy change and its outputs by the same token, lend ample credence to the fact that thriving local Think Tanks on the continent are making a difference by giving local research an increasingly influential place in policymaking processes in the global south. The work of CDD-Ghana can finally be described as a democratization of research and a new way of searching for innovative development solutions to address the ever pressing needs of the continent.
Organization Contact Info:
Ghana Center for Democratic Development
P.O. Box LG 404
Phone: 233-(0)302 776142
The Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa
The Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA) was established in 1973 as a joint initiative of social science institutes. It was prompted by a commitment to pan-Africanism, intellectual freedom, scholarly autonomy, professionalism, and academic integrity. CODESRIA’s principal objectives, as spelt out in its Charter, include the facilitation of multidisciplinary research, the promotion of research-based publishing, the building of capacity amongst African researchers at all levels through a strong training programme, the promotion of the principle of academic freedom, and the creation of multiple fora for the exchange of views and information amongst African researchers. CODESRIA challenges the fragmentation of research and knowledge through the creation of thematic research networks that cut across regional, disciplinary and linguistic barriers. It encourages the African social research community to strive for the achievement of a more holistic understanding of the historical and contemporaneous experiences of the continent through multidisciplinary interventions that draw on a variety of traditions and approaches, integrate gender perspectives, and tap into the insights of different generations of scholars. In this sense, the Council can also be seen as playing a critical role in promoting a dialogue among the disciplines, the four generations of African social researchers, and male and female scholars. Furthermore, the Council is mandated to support the strengthening of the institutional basis of knowledge production by developing programmes of collaboration with other centres of social research in Africa whether they are national or (sub-) regional, university-based or independent.
In encouraging collaborative work among African scholars through the various research networks which it promotes, and through the training and publishing activities it undertakes, the Council is required and strives to be open to all the contending theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches represented in the African academy. Conscious efforts are also made to tackle the obstacles that stand in the way of an increased participation by women and younger scholars in the activities of the Council, these efforts being reflective of the determination of the Council to achieve a greater gender balance in its work and a genuine inter-generational dialogue in the African academy. As the pioneer and leading pan-African social research organisation, the Council bears the historical responsibility of not only giving voice and visibility to the intellectual production of African scholars but also serving as a voice for African scholars in the international arena.
Grants and fellowships facilitate the pursuit of intellectual excellence at the Masters, doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Research results are disseminated through a range of publications including books, journals, monographs and working papers. The CODESRIA web-site (www.codesria.org) offers regularly-updated information on past, present and future activities of the Council. The web-site is also increasingly becoming a forum for the publication of various research articles. CODESRIA collaborates with and supports other regional and sub-regional research institutions. True to the wishes and aspirations of its founding members, the Council’s activities remain organically tied to the needs and concerns of the universities and centres of advanced research. Similarly, the vast majority of participants in the programmes initiated and/or supported by the Council are drawn from African universities and research centres. CODESRIA’s funding comes from donations made by African governments which are so inclined; contributions requested from bilateral aid agencies and private foundations, the fees collected annually from members, and revenues from the sale of the publications produced by the Council.” (CODESRIA and Its Activities – Extending the Frontiers of Social Research and Knowledge Production in Africa, Dakar, 2002, pp 7-8).
Organization Contact Information:
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
BP 3304, CP 18524, Dakar, Senegal
Phone: (221) 33 825 98 22 or (221) 33 825 98 23
Fax: (221) 33 824 12 89
Centre for Politics and Research (CPR)
Unlike Europe and North America, South Africa and the African continent as a whole suffer a shortage of Think Tanks dedicated to conducting research and providing advisory services to clients in the public and private sectors on politics, policy and other related areas. The Centre for Politics and Research was established to fill this critical gap. Its research methodology is based on political economy tools. We have a wide network of technical experts within and outside South Africa in all areas of our work who are highly qualified and have vast experience and impressive pedigree. We give our clients the best-trained and experienced specialists in the area of their need.
- Preparation and analysis of background information for options on policy options
- Advisory services in policy development
- Feasibility studies for project and/or policy implementation
- Review of policy implementation and assessment of impact
- Field studies on issues of interest
- Conference, strategic planning or workshop facilitation and report writing
Leadership and institutional development:
- Motivational advice to leaders
- Leadership nurturing and mentoring
- Advice on strategic thinking
- Writing skills development
- Development of professionalism within organizations
- Facilitation of strategic planning and workshops
- (Annual) Report writing
- Communication advisory services
- Team Building
Politics and communication:
- Political analysis
- Opinion polling
- Media and communication strategy development
- Elections advisory services
- Manifesto development
- Speech writing
- Public relations, Image and brand management
- Strategy development and implementation
Organization Contact Information:
Center for Politics and Research
622 Jacqualene Drive, Garstfontein,
Pretoria East, 0043 South Africa
Tel: (012) 993 0343
The Ethiopian Economic Association
The Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA) was established as a non-profit making, non-political and non-religious professional Association in 1991 at the end of the First Annual Conference on the Ethiopian Economy. The Conference was organized by the Department of Economics of the Addis Ababa University (AAU) in collaboration with the Institute of Development Research of the AAU and sponsored by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung of Germany. The Association has established, under it, the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEPRI) in July 2000 as its research wing. The Institute is involved in research and in organizing short term trainings on various issues that are of critical importance to Ethiopia’s economic development.
The vision of EEA is to become the premier economic association in Africa, renowned for its excellence in membership services and economic policy research. Its organizational mission is to represent the professional interests of our members, advance the discipline of economics and contribute to the development of the Ethiopian economy. EEA is formally registered with the Ministry of Justice to accomplish the following objectives:
- to contribute to the economic policy formulation capability and broadly to the economic advancement of Ethiopia;
- to promote the professional interest of its members;
- to promote the study of economics in the country’s educational institutions;
- to promote economic research and assist in the dissemination of the findings of such research in Ethiopia;
- to provide fora for the discussion of economic issues, and
- to promote professional contacts between Ethiopian economists and those of other countries.
The Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, which is a subsidiary of EEA, is organized under four research divisions—Agriculture and Rural Development, Trade and Industry, Social and Human Resource, and Macroeconomics. An Executive Director, who is appointed by the Executive Committee, provides leadership to the institute supported by several administrative staffs. Each division is staffed with at least one full time senior researcher and one researcher.
In addition to research, EEA organizes annual conferences, workshops, lectures, and other discussion forums. Since 2003, EEA has been organizing a forum called “Vision 2020 Ethiopia” in which long term developmental issues are discussed on a monthly basis. EEA/EEPRI has the culture of organizing public lectures by inviting prominent and renowned local or expatriate economists to speak on different thematic and timely issues with the aim of creating platforms for sharing their experiences. The research findings of EEPRI and the outcomes of workshops, conferences and discussion forums are published and distributed to the different stakeholders in various formats.
EEA/EEPRI is often engaged in collaborative works with international organizations, the government of Ethiopia, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations in addition to providing policy advices for such organizations. EEA plans to establish a Training Institute that will provide graduate level trainings in Economics and Business Management and short-term trainings on regular basis. It also strives to strengthen its research and consulting capacity to meet the growing demands of such services.
Organization Contact Information:
Ethiopian Economic Association
Yeka Sub-city, Kebele 19
CMC area adjacent to Michael Church
Tel: +251 – (0)11 – 645 32 00
Fax +251 – (0)11 – 645 30 20
P.O. Box 34282, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Human Sciences Research Council
The main objective of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is to conduct large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies. We do this by partnering with researchers from around the world, but focus more specifically on partnership opportunities in Africa. Our commitment to cutting-edge research—which supports development nationally, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and in Africa—is evident, but it is our commitment to the dissemination of that research that demonstrates the remarkable and measurable impact of our work.
As the national social science council of South Africa, the HSRC wishes to serve as a knowledge hub to bridge the gap between research, policy and action; thus, increasing the impact of research. This is achieved through collaboration with key constituencies, including government, other research organizations, multinational agencies, universities, non-government organizations, and donor and development organizations.
With a dedicated staff of almost 500 individuals consisting of professional researchers, as well as technical and administrative support staff based in six offices in four different provinces across South Africa, the HSRC is well equipped to respond flexibly and comprehensively to current and emerging needs. Its six multi-disciplinary research programs and research centers are focused on user needs. The following units make up the HSRC.
- Education and Skills Development
- Economic Performance and Development
- Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation
- HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (including the Africa-wide research network, SAHARA)
- Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
- Human and Social Development.
- Centre for Africa’s Social Progress
- Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators
- Centre for the Study of the Social and Environmental Determinants of Nutrition
The HSRC Press, the organization’s publishing arm, is South Africa’s only open access publisher and is committed to the dissemination of high quality, social science, research-based publications in print and electronic form. HSRC Press publishes the research output of the HSRC, as well as externally authored works. A formal peer-review process guarantees the highest academic quality and the Press has a very active local and international marketing program, in addition to collaborating with foreign publishers on specific titles.
Organization Contact Information:
Human Science Research Council
Private Bag X 41
134 Pretoruis Street
Tel: (012) 302 2528
Fax: (012) 302 2515
The Institute for Global Dialogue
The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) is an independent South African-based foreign policy think tank dedicated to the analysis of, and dialogue on the evolving international political and economic environment and the role of Africa and South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa’s role in international relations and diplomacy. The Institute aspires to become a foreign policy think tank of choice through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, catalytic dialogue and stakeholder interface on global dynamics that have an impact on South Africa and Africa.
The IGD was founded at an opportune time during the evolution of the new South Africa in 1994 with the assistance of former president, Nelson Mandela, and the former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl. It was initially established as a foundation to study social, economic and political dynamics in the global environment that would have an impact on South Africa and Africa. After a strategic review in the 1990s, the IGD became an Institute, and crystallized its research agenda around three broad programmatic focuses in order to strengthen its analytical and dialogue focus. These include South Africa’s foreign policy analysis, African dynamics, as well as multilateral governance analysis.
The IGD boasts a small, highly-competent team of researchers and project administrators. This team is complemented by a network of fellows and associates that work part-time for IGD as and when there are funded projects. IGD’s research staff teaches at universities and training colleges, and also frequently participates in media commentary on international developments and foreign policy.
Besides the proceeds from the investment account built over many years of scrupulous financial management, the bulk of the IGD’s revenue is from major consultancy work for the South African government and international organizations, as well as project funding from foundations and trusts. Recently, the IGD’s socio-political research, especially the analysis of actor dynamics in countries within Africa has attracted funding from some of the major SA corporations investing in emerging markets.
Organization Contact Information:
Institute for Global Dialogue
3rd Floor UNISA Building
263 Skinner Street
Tel: +2712 337 6082
Fax: +2786 212 9442
The Institute for Security of Studies
The Institute for Security of Studies (ISS) is a pan-African applied policy research institute headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dakar, Senegal. The ISS is an established think tank working in the area of African human security. It seeks to mainstream human security perspectives into public policy processes and to influence decision makers within Africa and beyond. The objective of the Institute is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing timely, empirical research and contextual analysis of relevant human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups, and the media.
The ISS was founded in 1991 by the current Executive Director, Dr. Jakkie Cilliers and P. B. Mertz as the Institute for Defense Policy, which was renamed in 1996 as the Institute for Security Studies. The vision and mission statements, organizational structure, and governance mechanisms of the ISS are depicted below.
As a leading African human security research institution, the ISS works towards a stable and peaceful Africa characterized by sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law, democracy, collaborative security and gender mainstreaming. The ISS realizes this vision by:
- Undertaking applied research, training and capacity-building;
- Working collaboratively with others;
- Facilitating and supporting policy formulation;
- Monitoring trends and policy implementation;
- Collecting, interpreting and disseminating information; and
- Networking on national, regional and international levels.
To conceptualize, inform and enhance the debate on human security in Africa in order to support policy formulation, implementation and decision-making at all levels.
The core values of the ISS are: Sustainable Development; Democracy; Human Rights; Rule of Law; Collaborative Security; and Gender Mainstreaming.
Organization Contact Information:
Institute for Security Studies
361 Veale Street
First Floor, Block D, Brooklyn Court
Tel: +27 12 346 9500/2
Fax: +27 12 346 9570
Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale
Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) is a Think Tank that emerged from the willingness of women and men to offer agricultural and rural sector stakeholders a framework of research, prospective thinking and inclusive dialogue. IPAR is accepted as association with public interest in August 2008 after a long process of institutional building.
IPAR is comprised of four organs: the general assembly, the board, the scientific committee and the executive secretariat. IPAR brings together a diverse membership, including researchers, university lecturers, policy-makers, parliamentarians, leaders of farmers’ organizations, and civil society representatives.
The vision of IPAR is to be a strong institution with strategic and prospective analysis able to influence, at national and sub-regional levels, agricultural and rural policies, as well as the process of economic and rural transformations. IPAR mission is to contribute to the social and economic development of Senegal and the sub-region through the creation of a space for exchange and debate sustained by a strategic and prospective research dealing with the concerns of the policy decision makers and the rural population and its connections with urban population.
The main research themes of IPAR, as defined in its 2015 strategic plan, are connected to (i) demography, employment and migrations, (ii) performance of agriculture, (iii) land and other natural resources management, (iv) public policies and (v) other emerging interesting topics of interest.
So far IPAR gathers about 40 members and has at its disposal an executive secretariat consisting of a team of 3 researchers and 3 administrative staff. In case of need and depending on the project implemented, IPAR will hire on a temporary-basis some experts who are members of IPAR as well as some interns. The main donor of IPAR is IDRC with some additional partnerships with the World Bank, GRET/EU and AFD.
Organization Contact Information:
Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale, IPAR
7657, Mermoz VDN
Rue MZ-112, BP : 16788
Dakar Fann, Senegal
Tél: (221) 33.869.00.79
Fax: (221) 33.825.95.09
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) was established under the provisions of the State Corporations Act through Legal Notice No. 56 of the Kenya Gazette of 9th May 1997. The Institute commenced operations in June 1999. In January 2007, the KIPPRA Bill was passed into law and the KIPPRA Act No. 15 of 2006 commenced on 1st February 2007.
The principle focus for which KIPPRA was established is to develop human and institutional capacities for policy analysis and research, economic forecasting, and formulation of medium
KIPPRA aims at improving public policy making for economic growth and poverty reduction. This is achieved through policy research and analysis, capacity building for government and private sector, and dissemination of research findings. KIPPRA also facilitates public policy debate between government, private sector and civil society, and maintains a reservoir of research resources on public policy and related issues for use by the Government, the private sector and learning institutions in Kenya.
The Institute has seven research divisions: Macroeconomics, Productive Sector, Social Sector, Infrastructure and Economic Services, Private Sector Development, Governance and Development and Trade and Foreign Policy. In addition, the Institute has one research unit called Environment for Development (EfD). The research divisions are supported by KIPPRA Information and Documentation Centre (KIPDOC), modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and the Finance and Administration Division. KIPPRA was awarded ISO 2008:9001 Certificate in October 2010.
KIPPRA has a work force of 59 staff, of which 50 per cent are researchers. A third of the researchers are PhD holders and the rest have Masters degrees. Every year, the Institute recruits 10-12 interns under the Young Professionals (YPs) program. In addition, the Institute has a database of research associates and research assistants and networks to complement the staffing capacity.
KIPPRA’s activities are supported by the Government of Kenya, European Union (EU), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), and the Think Tank Initiative of IDRC. Other partners who have often supported research projects at the institute include the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development (DfID), and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), among many others.
Organization Contact Information:
Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis
P.O. Box 56445-00200
Tel: +254-20-2719933, 2719934
Cell phones: 0724-256078, 0736-712724