Accra, 18th February 2021: In the just-released Global Go-To Think Tank Ranking Index Report for 2020, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has emerged the second highest-ranked African Think Tank in the 2020 Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks category. The Centre ranked 85th after Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS) in Egypt who ranked 35th. In total, the category featured five (5) African Think Tanks out of an overall ranking of 156 institutions from 49 countries.
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 scholars, who helped rank think tanks using a set criteria developed by the TTCSP. The TTCSP works with leading scholars and practitioners from think tanks and universities in a variety of collaborative efforts and programs and engages with a panel of peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions, and governments around the world, to produce the Index that ranks the world’s leading think tanks in a variety of categories. The goal is to increase the profile and performance of think tanks and raise the public awareness of the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the globe.
KAIPTC’s ranking on the Index report is 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.
KAIPTC outranked institutions such as the South African Institute of International Affairs, the Asia Society Policy Institute (United States), American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) (United States), and Amnesty International in the United Kingdom, which placed 97th, 103rd, and 104th respectively, just to mention a few. Over the years, the Centre has featured on the Index Report as one of the top foreign policy and international Think Tanks, strengthening the Centre’s reputation, visibility and credibility in public policy globally, as a Centre of Excellence for research in the sub-region and Africa as a whole.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233 302 718200 ext 1104/1203. You can find the KAIPTC on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube as: @Kaiptcgh and on instagram @Kaiptc. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org.
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) 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. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognized institution and has to date trained and tutored over 21, 496 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organization and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.