PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF APPLIED KNOWLEDGE IN PUBLIC POLICY

The African Policy Research (Katampe Hill) Institute (APRI) was founded in 2011 and officially birthed on 20th November 2012 with its final registration by the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria as an independent think tank committed to TRUTH as the basis of expanding the boundaries of the application of knowledge to policy making in African development. The Institute brings fresh and unique perspectives at a critical time in the Continent when its development experience is being interrogated. APRI is set to provide policy alternatives to Governments, policy makers and practitioners around the Continent, as well as, a platform to engage all relevant public policy stakeholders and by these expand the existing limits of inclusivity in decision making for the attainment of social justice.

The core driving force of the Institute is thus the promotion of truth in policy making through a fusion of knowledge and inclusiveness. The Institute believes that context relevant knowledge should be the foundation of policy making and that what is known at any point in time is not perfection but that which is to come. This thinking is at the root of the Institute’s  submission  to the concept of ‘constant questioning’ in the search for truth which will produce deeper knowledge and revelation leading to derivative  wisdom to make the right choices from the alternative paths available.

Research, using the best available techniques and researchers, is the hub of the Institute’s activities. In researching and assessing public policy, a key concern is accessing TRUTH through knowledge for the attainment of social justice with emphasis on equity and equality. The research outcomes form the base for the Institute’s products (public goods) in the form of policy advocacy and capacity building Programmes. The research and policy analysis are designed to address identified policy and capacity gaps or deficiencies; and to provide policy options and tailor made training for informed public policy formulation and implementation. At APRI we are convinced that public policy is critical in triggering development in the required direction and level. Evidence from development literature is also clear on this and has shown that in Africa in particular this is the situation and APRI is set to bridge this gap.

Some of the Institutes products would be freely available to the public while others may have to be purchased; access in some cases are restricted to specific stakeholders such as Governments, Sponsors of the Institute and specific stakeholders.

I welcome you to the website of the Africa Policy Research Institute and invite you to not only explore our products and services but to consider partnering with us. This would be your honest contribution to guaranteeing the development of Africa and creating a secure future for the generations coming. We appreciate you and value tremendously your partnership.
Amb Sunday Thomas Dogonyaro

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Who we are

Independent institution (THINK YANK) devoted to quality policy research and analyses. We are an independent source of knowledge, working to catalyses human development in African. Our main thrusts are research, capacity building and advocacy on policy issue with the aim of fascinating the formulation of innovative African policies capable of improving human security, socio-economic development of credible of governance in African. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to development through the advancement of applied knowledge in African; helping policymakers to make informed policy choice predicated on timely, evidence based, relevant a search and analyses

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Our Vision

To be the place for public policies premised on truth and commitment to social Justice

APRI…… A Partnership that Works

APRI nurtures and maintain collaborative partnership with private sector, government nongovernmental institutions and leading academics within and outside Africa in pursuance of our goals and philosophy. We believe we can learn from work with and share knowledge, with institutions and leading academies that include ..
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Our Mission

APRI exist to bring the development gap in African through, applied knowledge Capacity development, and advocacy for informed policy making and implementation.

SUPPORTING APRI

Everyone—individuals, corporate organizations, multinational institutions, donor agencies, indeed, all those concerned with the development of Africa to be on the right side of history – is invited to be a part of this initiative.
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RECENT BOOK PUBLISHED BY APRI

Nigerian Federalism: Continuing Quest for Stability and Nation-Building 

Edited by Okechukwu Ibeanu, Mohammad J. Kuna
Nigerian Federalism: Continuing Quest for Stability and Nation-Building explores the nature of and the debate over a number of recurrent issues, such as the “origins of Nigerian federalism, the number of state units in the federal system, fiscal issues, political parties, distributional issues, and intergovernmental relations” in Nigerian federalism since the establishment of protofederalism under the Richards Constitution, 1946 seventy years ago. In exploring the issues, the book seeks to answer the question, “what accounts for the persistence of Nigerian federalism, despite the serious discontents that the debate throws up now and again?” The book offers a reinterpretation, which argues that the demand for true federalism, which anchors the major trend in the age-long debate on the structure of Nigerian federalism, is ahistorical and therefore static.

The book uniquely emphasises the need to periodise the practice of Nigerian federalism into four major phases. Based on the periodisation, two cardinal propositions emerge from the various chapters of the book. First, in spite of separatist and centrifugal threats to its existence, Nigerian federalism has typically never sought to eliminate diversity, but to manage it. In this sense, the construction of Nigeria’s federal system from its earliest beginnings shows clearly that it is both a creature of diversity and an understanding that diversity will remain ingrained in its DNA. Secondly, Nigeria’s federal practice has not sought to mirror any model of “true federalism”, be it in the United States, Canada or elsewhere. Instead, Nigeria’s federal system has been a homegrown, if unstable modulation between foedus and separatus, a constantly negotiated terrain among centripetal and centrifugal forces and between centralisation and decentralisation. Consequently, a historical, periodised understanding of Nigerian federalism is inevitably essential. It is this historical and theoretical-methodological approach to explaining and understanding Nigerian federalism that gives the book its unique character.

The book is for the general reader as well as for students, including researchers of Nigerian federalism and of Nigerian constitutional and political development, policymakers, and political parties.

RESTRUCTURING NIGERIA : DISCOURSE/RESOURCES

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and staunch follower of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, speaks on the origin of the calls for restructuring and why the time for the country to do it is now Since the time of the late sage and former Premier of the Western are we still singing the same song of restructuring? READ MORE

Olisa Agbakoba

A delegate to the 2014 National Conference and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), tells BAYO AKINLOYE what he thinks about calls for restructuring

Why do you think many politicians are calling for a restructuring of Nigeria?

Nigeria is facing a lot of challenges and the sudden call by politicians for a restructured Nigeria is not well-meaning because they are making such calls for a political end aimed at 2019 and they are already taking their positions.READ MORE

I AM A NIGERIAN.

Nigeria, my dear country, is not a stranger to crisis, nor is she immune to it. In a profound sense, she can be said to have been created out of crisis, a nation state that will continue to strive to subdue and transcend crises. In over a century of its formalized colonial architecture, Nigeria has grown and made remarkable progress in the midst of crises.READ MORE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (NSR 11)
CLAMOUR FOR A NEW NIGERIA: THE ISSUES AT STAKE
1. For about two decades now, there have been strident calls from some critical sectors of the polity for the “restructuring” of Nigeria. However, while some feared the worst in terms of possible dismemberment of the country, others felt that like in other past crises, Nigeria, would again pull through and like the legendary phoenix, put herself back on the path of a rebirth. Consequently, in this report, NSR, discusses the agitations for restructuring, examines the various causes of agitation and the issues at stake. It highlights the resilience of the Nigerian State and considers the options available to Government to pull the country back from the seeming brink. READ MORE

With eight distinguished panelists voicing out their opinions on the agitations on restructuring Nigeria and its implication.

ARISE News Anchor, Charles Aniagolu; President
General, Ohaneze Ndigbo,  Chief Nnia Nwodo; constitutional lawyer and member of the Northern think-tank group, Prof. Auwalu Yadudu and chief Emeka Ayanoku . READ MORE

Yarima Shettima is the president of the Arewa Youths Coalition that gave Igbo living in the North a three-month quit notice. He spoke with MUHAMMAD SABIU on the recent stand of the South East governors on Biafra and the position of the Arewa youths.

The South East governors have come out to say that they are for restructuring of the country and not the declaration of the State of Biafra. How did you see this development; are we expecting a shift from the coalition, particularly on the quit notice given to the Igbo living in the North?. READ MORE 

The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon

TUESDAY WITH REUBEN ABATI

The most discussed subject in Nigeria today is what is called “restructuring” and indeed so popular is this subject that it has attracted the attention of roadside commentators, the bright, the not-so-bright, the mischievous and the outrightly unintelligent all united by the singular claim that Nigeria belongs to all of us and we all have a right to determine its future. The last person who brought up this subject with me is a mechanic in Abeokuta! He had heard about Biafra, the Arewa youths, the President’s absence, Professor Osinbajo, Nnamdi Kanu, what Igbo leaders, Northern leaders and Yoruba leaders have said about restructuring and he wanted a conversation. That’s how democracy works, not so? The inclusiveness is actually very good for us. READ MORE

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has joined the call for restructuring. But he has coined a new term, reconfiguration. Since the word restructuring does not seem to appeal to those in powers, instead, he said let there be a reconfiguring of the articles of association, since the original ones are no longer viable. READ MORE

Remarks by Atiku Abubakar, Chief Presenter at the Public Presentation of the Nigerian Federalism: Continuing Quest for Stability and Nation-Building edited by Okechukwu Ibeanu and Mohammad J. Kuna, at NAF Conference Centre & Suites, Abuja.

12,December,2016.

Protocol:
The structure and practice of Nigerian federalism have been a key topic of discussion and debates in Nigeria since the amalgamation of the North and South Protectorates in 1914, with varying levels of intensity.

It is good that this edited work by Okechukwu Ibeanu and Mohammad Kuna is contributing to that debate. I have no illusion that this book or any other will settle the issues, but it is an important intervention. READ MORE

Preamble

Leaders and people of Yoruba nation met in a solemn gathering at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba Ibadan to deliberate on the restructuring agenda and the future of Nigeria, The summit was attended by Yoruba leaders, governors, parliamentarians ,Yoruba social cultural groups, professional bodies, market leaders ,youth groups and friends of the Yoruba nation.

After exhaustive deliberations by the largest gathering of Yoruba people from the six south-west states.kwara and kogi states, the following communique was adopted.

Summit recalls with nostalgia, the great strides made by the Yoruba nation in the years of self-government up until the abrogation of the federal constitution in 1966 evident in mass literacy, novel infrastructural strides and giant leaps in all spheres of human development. READ MORE

OUR PUBLICATIONS

Changing the fundamentals of education policy: Rigour, teacher quality, learning to critically think & work hard as core solutions to reviewing Nigeria’s 45-year-old education policy 

The 20th Nigeria Economic Summit (NESG 20) hosted by the Nigeria Economic Summit Group held in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja in March 2014 and tagged “Transforming Education through Partnerships, for Global Competitiveness” came to very clear conclusions on the deplorable ‘state of Education’ in Nigeria and offered practical solutions on charting the way forward.
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NIGERIAN FEDERALISM

Continuing Quest for Stability and Nation-Building

edited by Okechukwu Ibeanu, Mohammad J. Kuna
Nigerian Federalism: Continuing Quest for Stability and Nation-Building explores the nature of and the debate over a number of recurrent issues, such as the “origins of Nigerian federalism, the number of state units in the federal system, fiscal issues, political parties, distributional issues, and intergovernmental relations” in Nigerian federalism since the establishment of protofederalism under the Richards Constitution, 1946 seventy years ago. In exploring the issues, the book seeks to answer the question, “what accounts for the persistence of Nigerian federalism, despite the serious discontents that the debate throws up now and again?” The book offers a reinterpretation, which argues that the demand for true federalism, which anchors the major trend in the age-long debate on the structure of Nigerian federalism, is ahistorical and therefore static.

The book uniquely emphasises the need to periodise the practice of Nigerian federalism into four major phases. Based on the periodisation, two cardinal propositions emerge from the various chapters of the book. First, in spite of separatist and centrifugal threats to its existence, Nigerian federalism has typically never sought to eliminate diversity, but to manage it. In this sense, the construction of Nigeria’s federal system from its earliest beginnings shows clearly that it is both a creature of diversity and an understanding that diversity will remain ingrained in its DNA. Secondly, Nigeria’s federal practice has not sought to mirror any model of “true federalism”, be it in the United States, Canada or elsewhere. Instead, Nigeria’s federal system has been a homegrown, if unstable modulation between foedus and separatus, a constantly negotiated terrain among centripetal and centrifugal forces and between centralisation and decentralisation. Consequently, a historical, periodised understanding of Nigerian federalism is inevitably essential. It is this historical and theoretical-methodological approach to explaining and understanding Nigerian federalism that gives the book its unique character.

The book is for the general reader as well as for students, including researchers of Nigerian federalism and of Nigerian constitutional and political development, policymakers, and political parties.

The Development of Effective Civil Society Interventions for Managing Cross-Border Cash Flows in the Informal Sector:A Case Study of the Nigeria/Benin Border. By Nana Tanko PhD

Pre-colonial West Africa was once a thriving socio-economic environment that facilitated free trade and the development of mineral resources. Colonialism, driven by the quest for African resources, brought the partitioning of Africa into political states with consequent fragmentation of the economy that eventually culminated in restrictions of the former vibrant cross-border trading.

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MOBILIZING CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN AFRICA

By Nana Tanko (PhD) African Policy Research Institute (APRI)

  1. Introduction

The concepts and the experiences of development and governance in Africa are continuously interrogated in an effort to understand the challenges to the continent’s lack of progress towards social and economic development. The 1970s and the 1980s represented almost two decades of Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAP), accompanied by authoritarian military regimes, that impacted negatively on the development of Africa and its governance.

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Katampe Hill Policy Forum (KAHPF):

Introduction:

The Katampe Hill Policy Forum is dedicated to applying knowledge to the public policy sphere by convening conversations on key issues around emerging development trends impacting African peoples. The forum provides opportunity to examine and recommend policy options by sharing new ideas and leading innovations that are useful to experts and policy makers. It serves as an occasion for mutual learning, reflection and deeper understanding of issues by contributing intelligent analyses. The discussions at the forum are broadened for an inclusive policy process in order to assist policy makers keeps the many voices of stakeholders at the forefront of their minds. The African Policy Research Institute (APRI) facilitates the forum as part of its strategic interventions to bridge the development gap in Africa by bringing knowledge and inclusiveness into the policy realm. (Broadening the space should also bring other practitioners, the private sectors, beneficiaries at the community and grassroots level, private individuals).

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What we do

APRI CORE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE      

APRI’S core strategic objective is to be the catalyst of context-relevant development policies and strategies that can effectively deliver a people-oriented and inclusive development in Africa.

Our strategies, interventions, activities and contribution are therefore deeply rooted in our commitment to equality, social justice and the economic and social transformation of the Africa continent.

Broadly outlined, our strategic objectives are;

  • To bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in Africa for the purpose of achieving Sustainable human development and social justice;
  • To engender a new dispensation of informed decision-making based on sound policy Analyses, especially in the areas of governance and socio-economic development;
  • To engage   public   and   private   policy   makers   and   other   stakeholders   in   the Policy arena with a view to enhancing their capacities.

APRI Activities

Our activities include:

  • Quality research and cutting edge policy analyses;
  • Policy advocacy;
  • Capacity development

    Methodologies

The methodologies adopted in achieving APRI’s objectives are:

  • The production of research that is relevant to public polity. This must provide and foster consistent timely, relevant and accessible evidence from credible sources to support policy making and the implementation of effective human development programs in the continent;
  • The initiation and development of strategic initiatives to follow up research outcomes at the policy level and to improve public awareness of the access to needed resources;
  • Capacity building and training for public officials and other stakeholders, to address identified gaps in policy development and implementation, for the effectiveness of programs on human development;

Research and Policy Advocacy

Our Research and policy Advocacy program is the pivot around which other programs and activities of APRI revolve. Research and Advocacy in APRI is for an informed policy formulation and Implementation process that is based on evidence derived from or relevant to the African Experience and driven by collective visioning for the attainment of social justice.

Capacity Development

The goal underpinning our Capacity Development and Training Programs address the question of policy development and implementer challenges with a view to improve the performance and effectiveness of key constituencies in the policy arena. Consequently, we initiate innovative and custom – made training which derive from research outcomes and targeting ...

Communications, Media Outreach

The goal of outreach plan is to strengthen APRI’s effectiveness; build, and cultivate the support of our difference communities. We consider, Communications an essential resource to the dissemination of our research project right from conception to completion stages. The needs of our constituencies are met through a media mix that ..