December 2014

 ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

COLLABORATION RESEARCH WITH DIE ON RESULTS BASED AID (RBA)

From the 16th November to 14th December, 2014, one of our research fellows participated in a research collaboration with DIE, where he presented to a group of Masters’ program students in International Development Studies at Philipps University of Marburg about IPAR. The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. Located in the UN City of Bonn, DIE’s work is based on the interplay between Research, Policy Advice and Training.
The purpose of the collaboration was to discuss how performance based result approaches (RBA) are working in Rwanda with a particular focus on Imihigo. At the end of the programme, a draft paper on imihigo was submitted to DIE, with so many students impressed on how far IPAR has improved in the past years. The DIE team is expected in Rwanda on 15th February, 2015 for a detailed research.
 
A SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF GENDER RELATIONS IN RWANDA

IPAR-Rwanda is currently undertaking a gender relations analysis research, on behalf of Oxfam Rwanda. The project aims at understanding how gender continues to affect life in Rwanda, and opportunities for improving gender equality.
The project aims to understand how gender continues to affect life in Rwanda, and opportunities for improving gender equality in order to inform their Country program on gender equality. Currently data analysis is being done and a report will be submitted.
 
SECURITY IMPLICATIONS AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO THE INCIDENCE OF VENDORS, BEGGARS, DELINQUENTS AND PROSTITUTES IN KIGALI CITY.
 
The City of Kigali and Institute of Policy Analysis and Research-Rwanda (IPAR) are conducting a collaborative study on determining the “Security Implications and Practical solutions to the Incidence of Vendors, Beggars, Delinquents and Prostitutes in Kigali City, Rwanda.

Specifically, the research project aims to understand the major driving factors behind the incidence and persistence of street vendors, beggars and delinquent youths on the streets of Kigali city. Secondly the project aims at determining the policy and institutional framework under which the four vulnerable groups above operate and what can be done to accommodate their welfare needs while maintaining orderliness and cleanliness on the streets of Kigali.

The findings from the research will help generate recommendations and viable solutions to the problems beggars, street vendors and delinquent youths based on the views of all stakeholders concerned
 
NEWS
 
FIRST ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH NETWORK CONFERENCE ON “BUILDING ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH CAPACITY IN RWANDA TO IMPACT CHANGE”

Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) with funds from GIZ, organized a successful 1st Economic Policy Research Network Conference on 16th December, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda, as one of the actions to strengthen economic researchers’ capacity.
The main purpose of the one day conference was to showcase the research papers developed by young Rwandan economic researchers who have been mentored, bring Rwandan economic researchers and consumers of research together as well as to use the conference as an advocacy platform to appeal for more support collaboration in the field of economic research in Rwanda.
A total of six research papers from a range of topics were presented during the conference which attracted over 80 high profile participants from policy makers, academics, business community, development partners civil society and EPRN members.
The Governor, Central Bank, Mr. John Rwangombwa congratulated IPAR and GIZ for the good work done and commended the theme of the conference saying it is in line with the country’s vision 2020. He further added that, “It is us the economists to make our country what we want it to be. But the challenge we have is that we do not see things through and our research capacity is still low.” He further challenged us to take a step further and build capacity of the policy makers, pledging support to the cause.


UPCOMING EVENTS

 USAID LAND PROJECT WORKSHOP
 
The USAID LAND Project is co hosting the 3rd annual National Land Research Agenda (NLRA) workshop, with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA) and the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA) with the support of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) – Rwanda.
The workshop is dedicated to identifying critical land related research priorities that the project will support and is in line with the project’s objective of building the capacity of local institutions and organizations to generate rigorous empirical policy research related to land. This workshop will take place from 21st to 23rd January 2015 at Lemigo Hotel from 8:30 am.
 
4TH IPAR ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE

 As part of its contribution to a culture of public debate and dialogue on policy issues in the country and with financial support from African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), every year IPAR-Rwanda organizes a conference that brings together researchers and policy makers to disseminate research findings from its scholars and those from other research and academic institutions.

 The 4th annual conference will be held in January on the 28th -29th, 2015 targeting academicians, researchers, professionals and decision makers working in higher education institutions, government, and development partners and for civil society organizations.

 This year’s main theme is posted as “Building on MDGs Progress for the Future of Developing Countries”, which will have five sub-themes:

 ·        Governance for development

·        Inclusive growth and Economic transformation

·        Agriculture and Rural Development

·        Environment Management for Development

·        Private sector-led and a knowledge based Economy

 
GREETINGS

 IPAR-Rwanda would like once again to wish you a prosperous year 2015.

 
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