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About IPPA

The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) is Nigeria's public policy research institute or think tank. Founded in 2002, IPPA's major concern is with the principles and institutions underlying a free and open society, with particular focus on Africa and Nigeria.

We undertake a number of activities, among them research and advocacy on public policy issues. At present, our core areas of interests include development economics, trade, entrepreneurship, property rights, education, environment, health and security.

Great future for U.S.-Africa trade

By Thompson Ayodele, August 12, 2014.

The enormous potential of a strong trade partnership between the U.S. and Africa will be a key takeaway from last week’s inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

Hosted by President Obama and drawing representatives from 47 African countries, the three-day conference was aimed at strengthening trade and economic ties with sub-Saharan Africa. Obama announced at the conference that together the U.S. government, World Bank and businesses will invest a combined $33 billion in Africa’s economy.


Innovation policy will determine path of South African growth

BY JAMES GLASSMAN, NOVEMBER 28 2013, 05:34 South African Business DAY

THE experts who gathered in Durban last week for a conference on how developing nations can "create and leverage intellectual property (IP)" did not have to go far for an example of what not to do. They simply had to peek at the government's own proposal for revamping IP, the subject of intense domestic debate in the two months since it was released. More

The future of public-private partnership

By Olusegun Sotola and Thompson Ayodele The Guardian, 10 September 2013

The Lekki-Epe Road Concession is a 30-year concession agreement between the Lagos State Government and a private company called LCC (Lekki Concession Company) in a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) scheme. In the Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework, BOT is a model in which a single contract is awarded for the design, construction and operation of a capital project for a specified period. Ownership and control typically reverts back to the public after a specified period. More

Bank's palm oil cop-out thwarts its goals

By THOMPSON AYODELE and RICHARD TREN Business Day: August 06 2012

THE World Bank's mission and that of its International Finance Corporation (IFC) is simple: alleviate poverty and help people help themselves. The IFC dispenses about $4bn- $5bn a year in loans in the developing world, including sub-Saharan Africa.

Unfortunately, the World Bank has been captured by environmental extremists who are far removed from the realities in poor countries. More

Palm Oil: The Oil Nigeria Needs

By Thompson Ayodele December 19, 2011

When people in the rest of the world think of Nigeria, what they readily think is oil, the “black gold” that dominates the Nigerian economy. But if the Nigerian government and business leaders play their cards right, Nigeria will be known for another oil: palm oil. If so, this will mean a new and better day has dawned for Africa’s most populated country. More