Institute of Policy Reforms (IPR): An Institute to be Reckoned With

By Maryam Iraj

Times in which politics are enrobed in a global garb, ideas mired  in dysfunction and division; we are in dire need of in-depth analyses and crucial ideas from think tanks to steer the nation in the right directions. Institute of Policy Reforms (IPR) fills this critical gap with a vision to develop a nexus between experience, intellect, and vision.

The rigour and depth with which IPR is conducting the research is at par with the leading think tanks of the world. The ever-widening gap caused by the distance between policy and its implementation needed our urgent attention, and IPR realized the pay-off of such a gap. We are living in an age of prevalent idioms: international order, American leadership, America First.  These are not only domineering ones but also obfuscate the diversity of the debate. And along with such idioms, more overwrought tags such as “nationalist” and “globalist,” also accompany but with less precision. IPR is in search of peeling these overcharged labels away to unearth the new geopolitics with a number of distinctive features. Some of these features are illuminated by history and some virtually unique to our moment of political and technological flux. IPR is an institute which pays substantial attention to such features unique to Pakistan and relevant to the world.

Though this debate in policy reforms always preoccupied our minds but hardly anyone; government or private sector, came up with a substantial response.  The world is evolving around us. Whether we are capable of responding to that change or not, we can’t pretend to stay unaffected by it.

Institute for Policy Reforms (IPR) produces researched-based studies on regular basis while keeping in view the IPR’s mission to bridge the much-neglected policy gap in the country. Their publications are researched by eminent experts from the respective field. The Institute is honoured to have distinguished academicians, experienced practitioners from a diverse range of specialties on board. 

Their research not only renders insights on important issues but also find “practical solutions to the country’s many challenges”. According Khan (CEO and Chairman), “IPR research emphasizes scholarship along with experiential learning in order to produce actionable policy. Based in strong values, IPR places high premium on rigour, quality, independence, and credibility”.

Khan further elaborated, “the Institute is incorporated as a not-for-profit company under the Companies Ordinance 1984. IPR’s operations are supported by guarantees from the corporate sector. To retain independence, IPR abstains from donor or government support to run its operations”.

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