Africa Research Institute (ARI) has a simple mandate – we aim to draw attention to ideas and initiatives that have worked in Africa, and to identify where new ideas might be needed. Examples of practical achievement are of particular interest to us. ARI has no political or ideological affiliations. We are not deterred by contradictions – we have produced publications which document the merits both of free markets and production subsidies.
Most of our publications rely on working with partners in Africa. These individuals or groups typically have specific expertise or first-hand experience which is informative for a wider audience within and beyond Africa. We welcome suggestions for future publications with clear, realistic recommendations – particularly on important themes that have been neglected by policymakers, donors and the media.
ARI’s publications avoid vagaries – calls for “improved governance”, for example, or “increased funding for agriculture” – and we have a strict no jargon policy. Our formats – Briefing Notes, Policy Voices, Counterpoints and Papers – present their arguments in a straightforward manner, comprehensible to all.
ARI does not undertake large scale quantitative research or household surveys. Such research is beyond our capacity, although it may have been conducted by those working with us. Our partners are not remunerated. ARI funds the production costs of publications as well as expenses associated with launches and distribution in Africa, the UK and elsewhere. We aim to achieve widespread and effective dissemination of all publications to relevant ministries, organisations, companies and individuals.