Accra, Feb 28, GNA - 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, and copied to the Ghana News Agency 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 TTCSP works with leading scholars and practitioners from think tanks and universities in a variety of collaborative efforts and programmes, 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.
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.
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 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. The KAIPTC is an internationally-recognized institution and has till date trained and tutored over 14,000 participants and students since its inception.