The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) was officially launched in April 2001 as a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to deliver independent, analytical, critical yet constructive research into social, political and economic issues that affect development in Namibia. The IPPR was established in the belief that free and critical debate informed by quality research promotes development.
The IPPR is independent of government, political parties, commercial interests, trade unions and other interest groups. The Institute is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from different areas of Namibian society.
The work of the IPPR is divided into three core areas: democracy and governance research, public opinion, and public policy analysis
Our Democracy Report Project focuses on monitoring the work of Parliament. From 2017-2019, we will provide regular updates on the workings of Parliament and discuss major pieces of legislation. We will publish two types of publications: in-depth briefing papers analysing laws and policies, as well as shorter, more accessible bulletins explaining the work of Parliament (see the publications here). A weekly blog will provide updates on what is happening in Parliament, and short video clips will introduce some of the basics of how lawmaking works. The Democracy Report is an extension of a previous project and is supported by the Embassy of Finland.
In partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, we are producing six research papers on corruption prevention in Namibia. These papers seek to analyse critical issues in the fight against corruption and to propose solutions. As part of the project a number of public events seek to bring together stakeholders on this issue.
The IPPR is mainly grant funded but also undertakes paid research on public policy issues provided independent conclusions can be reached and made available to the public. Past donors have included the Embassy of Finland, the Kingdom of Norway, the European Union, Freedom House, the British High Commission, the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, the United Nations Development Programme, Afrobarometer, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, FES (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung) Media, IJG Securities, and the Netherlands Consulate. For further details of IPPR’s donors please see the annual audited accounts and narrative reports available as downloads on this website.