The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) has been ranked second top think tank in Sub-Saharan Africa by the Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report 2020. The report is an annual document produced by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Programme (TTSCP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
The index ranks the world’s leading think tanks in a variety of categories. TTCSP’s key goal is to increase the profile and performance of think tanks and raise the public awareness of the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the world.
Acknowledging the international recognition, KIPPRA Executive Director, Dr Rose Ngugi, thanked the board and staff for the exemplary work they continue to do to achieve the Institute’s mandate.
“We are very proud of this recognition and we remain committed to our vision: an international centre of excellence in public policy research and analysis,” said Dr Ngugi.
Among the categories that contributed to KIPPRA’s favourable ranking include: Think tanks with the best impact on public policy, think tanks with outstanding policy-oriented research programmes, best think tank conference, think tank with the best external relations/public engagement, best government-affiliated and best use of social media and networks.
In the Sub-Saharan Africa category, KIPPRA came second after the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) based in South Africa. Other Kenyan think tanks that made it to the top ten are: The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) (Kenya) and African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) (Kenya). There is a total of 679 think tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa but only 92 were ranked in the report.
The leading think tanks in the report are Brookings Institution in the US and Japan Institute of International Affairs.
The theme of this year’s report is ‘why think tanks and policy advice will still matter in 2040’.