Institute for Policy Alternatives (IPA) is a public policy think-tank whose vision is to be the center of excellence for practice-research interfaces and citizen engagement on alternative policy analysis, development and pro-poor advocacy.
IPA has as its mission the promotion of policy alternatives in Africa, by combining the efforts of researchers with those of practitioners to establish perspectives, experiences and new, more engaging paradigms for development that focus on the rights of citizens and communities.
IPA also supports Ghanaian policy makers and practitioners to undertake development research, learning and practice, thereby giving meaning, intellectual relevance and empirical challenge to those involved in policy development and advocacy.
IPA is located in Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana.  From this location, IPA is able to demonstrate learning, research and direct engagement in issues of rural and urban poverty.