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IPSS ranked among top African think tanks for fourth consecutive year

The Global Go To Think Tank Index is the result of an international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists who helped rank more than 6,500 think tanks using a set of 18 criteria developed by the TTCSP.

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02 February 2018

For the fourth year in a row, IPSS has been ranked among the top 50 think tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. The report is produced annually by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).

 

The Global Go To Think Tank Index is the result of an international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists who helped rank more than 6,500 think tanks using a set of 18 criteria developed by the TTCSP.

 

The Institute, whose mission is to offer quality education and capacity training in the specialized field of peace and security to students and other stakeholders, was ranked 46 from the 664 think tanks present in Sub-Saharan Africa, an improvement from previous positions in 2016 (49), 2015 (49) and 2014 (50).

 

On receiving the news, Dr. Kidane Kiros, Director of IPSS, said, “We are proud to be ranked among the top 50 African think tanks. Since its establishment in 2007, IPSS has strived to provide relevant and demand-driven programmes and activities to its students and other stakeholders in the area of peace and security.”

 

The report notes that think tanks in Africa are increasingly facing a sustainability crisis related to “shifts in private and public-sector support” and “major organizational challenges”. The first Africa Think Tank Summit, convened 2014, identified the need for increased resources and capacity building to avoid institutional crises.

 

“This is recognition of IPSS’ dedication to knowledge production and brokering, as well as the promotion of innovative, African-led solutions to peace and security,” said Michelle Ndiaye, Director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme at IPSS and also Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat.

 

IPSS offers several academic programmes at the MA and PhD level, conducts research in a number of thematic areas, and organizes policy-centred dialogues, including the annual Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa.

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