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IPPA completes study on Think-Tank and University Relations in


The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) research duo of Dr. Damilola Olajide and Olusegun Sotola conducted the Think-tank and University Relations study in Africa: Nigeria case study

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) in collaboration with the Think Tank Initiative (TTI), a multi-donor program implemented by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) commissioned this study with aims to achieve a better understanding of think tank-university relations in Africa. This understanding can help inform thinking on capacity building and support, and provide lessons for effective collaboration.

Ten (10) country case studies will be undertaken by researchers in the region to examine the relationships in countries where PASGR and/or the TTI are active. The countries selected for inclusion are: Southern Africa – Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe; West and Francophone Africa -- Senegal, Nigeria, Benin; and, East Africa -- Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Details of the study are available here: http://www.pasgr.org/commissioned-study-on-think-tank-university-relations-in-africa-2/

IPPA project wins Global Best Practice Award

The Partnership for Economic Policy, Canada has awarded the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) Research team the 2014 Global Best Practice Award over the ongoing impact evaluation project in Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Project Video clip: http://portal.pep-net.org/projects/view/zone/public/id/12506


IPPA sees education of future leaders as central to development of Nigeria and other African countries. With proper understanding of what makes a society prosperous, Africans would be able to harness and utilize resources available to them. Our strategy is to challenge students to think critically and liberally and expose them to the danger inherent in looking for handout from governments and its implications on development.


IPPA in collaboration with the Free Africa Foundation (FAF) establishes Malaria Free Zones (MFZs) in Nigeria and Benin Republic. The Pilot project which started with Itu-Agon( a village in remote area of Lagos State) was further extended to Guezin, a riverine community in Benin Republic and Igbo-Alejo, an island community in Lagos State.

Nigeria and Benin pilot projects target a village of 900 people that included children mostly o ages below 5 years, and adults above 60 years. Parts of the project include providing the communities with insecticide treated nets, spraying with insecticide chemical and drug provision.


IPPA in partnership with Independent Institute conducted a six-month study on a group of people who sell and design locally made clothing called 'Adire/Kampala' based in Abeokuta in Western Part of Nigeria. Members of the group in turn earn income far more than their counterparts in public employment.

For millions of people in Africa who still wait for government to solve their economic problems, this study shows that entrepreneurship would go a long way to bail many out of circle of poverty.

This study examined the operations of this group of people and found that many of them neither get micro-credit loan, government loans, nor receive loan.


IPPA recognizes the importance of the media to help spreading the ideas which we espoused such as increased trade as against increased aid, economic development, wealth creation and strong property rights.

To help the media understand the issues properly, IPPA since 2003 has been training journalists in Nigeria and West Africa on development related issues, such a trade and issues under World Trade Organization and other bilateral or multilateral agreements.


IPPA Nigeria publishs The Economic Freedom and Development: An Essay About Property Rights, Competition and Prosperity. The book critically examines how a country like Nigeria and other developing countries could be out of economic quagmire. It also delves into what is responsible for the current economic mess in Nigeria: lack of effective institutions, corruption of institutions, property rights and economic which is centrally-ordered to produce a pre-determined outcome.
Economic Freedom & Development: An Essay About Property Rights, Competition & Prosperity By Wolfgang Kasper