About IPAR

The Institute for Policy Analysis and Research is a non-profit, independent think-tank in Rwanda Guided by a fundamental concern for the well-being of all Rwandans, we are dedicated to the promotion of three fundamental values:

Prosperity: We believe in a Rwanda that promotes the well-being of its people to improve quality of lives and to create wealth and employment opportunities.
Opportunity: We believe that every Rwandan should have the opportunity to succeed  their talents nurtured and their hard work rewarded.
Inclusiveness: We believe that all Rwandans people deserve the chance to share in the fruits of its growing prosperity.

Because we believe that Economic growth and development is impossible without sound policy and responsive governance, we seek to strengthen the evidence base available to government, civil society and development partners about the pressing social, economic and political issues facing Rwanda, and to provide real time solutions to the everyday challenges of its people.
We do this by conducting rigorous, thought-provoking research, disseminating ideas through workshops and conferences, maintaining an accessible information and resource centre, and training young Rwandan professionals in the skills of policy analysis. In all our work, we look to build the partnerships that will ensure we have the greatest impact.
As an indigenous Rwandan institution but autonomous from government, we bring a distinctive voice to the policy debate. We use our roots in Rwandan communities to better understand how policy is experienced on the ground, so that the ideas we propose make sense from the bottom up not just from the top down.


To Enhance evidence based policy making and promote dialogue and a culture of debate on policy issues in Rwanda through conducting Timely, Relevant High quality Public Policy Analysis and Research


IPAR is governed by a General Assembly and a Board of Directors. The General assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the institute. It approves the statutes and overall policy direction of the institute.

The Board of Directors oversees the implementation of the programs and activities of the institute, and monitors the utilization of resources. Its members representing a diversity of interests including the government, civil society, private sector, development partners and academic institutions.