Aims and objectives
Africa Research Institute (ARI) informs domestic and international policymaking by promoting best practice and progressive ideas for government, the economy and civil society.
ARI shares expertise through published research and interactive events. Our innovative communications strategy is designed to present our work to a wide audience of key decision makers, institutions and individuals that can help effect sustainable and positive development.
Our work encourages debate, questions orthodoxy and challenges “received wisdom” in and about Africa. We seek to promote a nuanced and representative understanding of the continent.
ARI is the UK’s only think-tank to focus exclusively on sub-Saharan Africa. It was founded in 2007 and is strictly non-partisan.
ARI draws attention to actions and ideas that have worked in Africa, and seeks to identify new thinking where needed.
Initiatives that are replicable, or have clear policy implications, are of particular interest. So too are ideas and issues that have been neglected or misrepresented in popular discourse.
ARI collaborates with leading policymakers, practitioners and academics that have brought about positive change, or aspire to do so. We focus on diverse subjects from the reform of parliamentary institutions and constitutions to urban planning to taxation. The ideas and perspectives we promote are rooted in practical experience.
Our partners understand what drives innovation and sustainable reform at local, national or regional level, and are also able to identify potential obstacles to further progress.
Among others, ARI has worked with leading individuals from:
• African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
• African Medical and Research Foundation
• Association of African Planning Schools
• Burundi Revenue Authority/Office Burundais des Recettes
• Centre for Urban Research and Innovations, University of Nairobi
• Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
• Fresh Produce Exporters’ Association of Kenya
• Government and House of Representatives of Somaliland
• Malawi Law Commission
• School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
• Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission
• Somaliland Nursing and Midwifery Association