The Institute of Policy Research and Analysis (IPRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the advancement of research-based knowledge and applied policy analysis, with a primary focus on East Africa. Founded in 1999, the Institute is one of Africa’s leading centres of research in the field of international trade, and public finance.
Headquartered in Kampala, with offices in Paris and Bujumbura, the Institute analyzes the economic and social aspects of topical issues, formulating and disseminating policy advice based on its research findings.
The Institute’s work falls into three distinct fields: research; training and capacity building; and advisory services.
To inform and enhance policy debate for poverty alleviation in Africa by generating and sharing policy-relevant information and strengthening local capacity for evidence-based decision making.
To become Africa’s centre of excellence in research.
A seven–member Board of Trustees made up of international scholars and development practitioners is the supreme governing body of the institute. The Board is appointed to serve a period of 4 years and meets four (4) times in a year pursuant to its corporate mandate and to ensure proper and effective control of the Institute’s operations and to carry out periodic evaluation of the Institute’s operational performance.
The day-to-day activities of the institute are managed by the Executive Director, assisted by Finance and Administration and Programme Manager.
The Board of Trustees’ principal goal is to protect and strengthen IPRA’s excellence as an independent, nonpartisan, and intellectually rigorous policy research organization that contributes to the public’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by the world’s interdependent economy.