Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization - STIPRO

PENNSYLAVANIA UNIVERSITY RANKS STIPRO 51 AMONG 92 BEST SUB-SAHARAN THINK TANKS

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pennsylvania University has ranked African Technology policy Studies (ATPS) 51 among 90 best Sub Saharan Think Tanks in the 2015 Global Go to Think Tank Index (GGTI). However African Technology policy Studies (ATPS) is now known as Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO)

conducting independent policy research on science, technology and innovation (STI) in Tanzania with a view to contributing to the resolution of the contemporary, complex and inter-related issues in STI for the purpose of informing STI policies.

The report which started in 2006 is a product of a global survey conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) covering over 6,000 think tanks in the TTCP's global think tank database and over 20,000 stakeholders.

According to Pennsylvania University which is a private, Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, STIPRO has been ranked 51 ahead of Uongozi Institute which was ranked 60.In the list, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) was ranked 18 and the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) was ranked 42.

Speaking about that milestone, STIPRO Executive Director Dr. Bitrina Diyamett said, her think tank was striving hard to undertake and improve human capacity in science policy, STI policy research, analysis, formulation, monitoring and evaluation.

“We have been impressed by this achievement, there are many good think Tanks in the Sub sahara region, being picked 92 out of these 90 Think Tanks is some think encouraging and motivating us “She said

She also said many respondents were involved in that study including journalists, policymakers, public and private donors, think tanks and functional and regional area specialists to nominate and rank public policy research centres of distinctions.

For his part, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) Executive Director, Dr. Donald Mmari, said Tanzania Think Tanks including REPOA, can produce quality research Policies and help the Country if the Government would continue supporting national think tanks and to earmark funding for policy research and research capacity building.

The study surveyed over 6,000 think tanks in the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTCP's) global think tank database and over 20,000 stakeholders also positioned Kenya Institute for Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) the top think tanks in Sub Saharan followed by Ghana's IMANI Centre for Policy and Education.