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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) has been ranked the top think tank in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), according to the 2014 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report. KIPPRA has risen in its ranking from position 15 in 2013.
Only eight other Kenyan think tanks featured in the SSA category, and three in the world wide category. From East Africa, 12 think tanks (Kenya, 8; Uganda, 2; and Tanzania, 2) featured in the SSA category, while the worldwide category featured 4think tanks(Kenya, 3 and Uganda, 1).
KIPPRA was the only Kenyan think tank in the following categories: Best think tank conference; Best use of social networks; Think tanks with the best external relations/public engagement programme; and Think tanks with outstanding policy-oriented public programmes. More so, the Institute was one of the Kenyan think tanks with: Top domestic economic policy; Best trans-disciplinary research programme; and Outstanding policy-oriented programmes.
Among the prominent research activities that led to KIPPRA’s favourable ranking include: ‘A Comparative Study on Public-Private Sector Wage Differentials in Kenya’, which was commissioned by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to provide information on the state and magnitude of the private-public sector wage differentials. Also, ‘The Status of Social Cohesion in Kenya’ report, where KIPPRA computed a social cohesion index for Kenya and documented the status of social cohesion in the country.
“These rankings indicate that the Institute is making a mark in public policy research and analysis. KIPPRA will continue gearing its efforts towards being the leading institute in public policy research and analysis; an international centre of excellence,” says KIPPRA’s Executive Director, Dr John Omiti.
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.
Read more about the ranking here