KAIPTC tops Global Go-To Think Tank ranking

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The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has emerged the first institution in sub-Saharan Africa on the Global Go-To Think Tank Ranking.

A statement issued by the KAIPTC, said, “the KAIPTC also ranked second out of five institutions on the entire continent, which appeared on the global list of leading think tanks in foreign policy and international affairs”.

It said the KAIPTC outranked the Institute for Security Studies and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), both in South Africa, and the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Ghana.

“Further, this recognition is also attributable to KAIPTC’s immense contribution to academic and policy discourses on African peace and security issues, with the goal of achieving sustainable peace on the continent and beyond,” the statement said.

It said out of the overall listing of 133 institutions on the Index Report, KAIPTC ranked 78th ahead of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Canada, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in the Unites States of America, and Amnesty International in the United Kingdom, which placed 89th, 98th, and 100th, respectively.

The statement said the KAIPTC’s impressive ranking on the Index report was due to its work in disseminating African thinking on peace, security and conflict issues, globally, through numerous and cutting-edge research publications, policy advice to governmental, non-governmental and private institutions.

The Commandant of the Centre, Air Vice Marshall G.S. Evans, noted that this recognition had come to consolidate KAIPTC’s reputation as a Centre of Excellence for training, education and research in the sub-region.

“It would enhance KAIPTC’s visibility and credibility in public policy globally,” he stated.
The Global Go-To Think Tank Ranking Index Report is produced annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of
Pennsylvania.

The Think Tank Index is the result of an international survey of more than 7,500 scholars, who helped to rank more than 6,600 think tanks, using a set of 28 criteria developed by the TTCSP.

The KAIPTC was established by the Ministry of Defence in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004.

The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa.

The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. The KAIPTC is an internationally-recognized institution and has till date trained and tutored over 14,000 participants and students

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