January 2015



 IPAR-Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Resources Group for USAID’s Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth Project (PSDAG). The primary objective of this MOU is to support policy research through reviews and analysis of investment related policies including policy papers, strategic plans, laws and Ministerial orders, with focus to the Agricultural sector. Findings of these policy mapping are expected to inform the Government of Rwanda on required reforms in order to improve the business environment, climate and increase the private sector investments in agriculture.

 Members from International Resources Group (IRG) and IPAR after signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

IPAR-Rwanda in Collaboration with USAID Land Project successfully organized the 3rd Annual National Land Research Agenda (NLRA) Workshop which took place at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali from 21st to 23rd January, 2015.
The purpose of the workshop was to identify critical land related research priorities that the project will support and are in line with the project’s objectives of building capacity of local institutions and organizations to generate rigorous empirical policy research related to land. The Conference attracted over 80 participants from Government, Universities, the private sector and civil society within Kigali and over 63 land priorities were discussed at the Conference of which three research priorities were drawn, and these included; 

1. How can land use be optimized for settlement purposes in rural and urban areas?

2. Marginal land, limited access to agricultural inputs and reliance on rain-fed agriculture make small holder farmers vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and variability. What strategies are necessary to enhance the capacity of small holder farmers and communities to adapt to climate change?3. Assessing the efficiency of decentralized land administration system in terms of sustainability, transparency and delivery

It was agreed upon at the end of the Conference that there is a critical need for research in Rwanda and that the bridge between researchers and decision makers should be strengthened in order to realize better policy implementation.

Participants' group photo

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.
This year, IPAR-Rwanda organized its 4th Annual Conference on the 28th and 29th January, 2015 at Umubano Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. The Conference fetched over 120 participants from various institutions within and outside Rwanda. This year’s main theme was “Building on MDGs Progress for the Future of Developing Countries”

Honorable Minister, Claver Gatete of MINECOFIN during the Annual Conference

This conference was officiated by Honorable Ambassador Claver Gatete, The Minister of Finance and Economic planning (MINECOFIN). The Minister first of all commended IPAR’s work and continued to say that, “The research theme is very crucial and if we prepare ourselves better, we can achieve more.” He also urged researchers to come together to give their input and further commended IPAR’s initiative that is very relevant to the development agenda. The Minister also acknowledged the need for more collaboration between policy makers and Researchers to come up with solutions in achieving post MDGs sustainable development goals.
The event was a success with so much emphasis on need for more research as well as bridging the gap between policy makers and researchers.

For all Conference presentations check here

Participants during the conference

The Annual IPAR General Assembly meeting was held on the 30th January, 2015 at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting that also doubled as the IPAR staff end of year party ushered in the new Board of Directors, Mr. Gasamagera Wellars and was also an appreciation for the outgoing Board members, Dr. Kigabo Thomas and Dr. Cyubahiro Mark.

 IPAR’s Executive Director, Eugenia Kayitesi (extreme left), and New IPAR Board Chairman Mr. Gasamagera Wellars (extreme right) award a token of appreciation to outgoing Board Member Dr. Mark Cyubahiro (Center).

IPAR Rwanda in conjunction with Maastricht School of Management is conducting training for staff at the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST). This training entails aspects like policy analysis, policy formulation, policy evaluation and results based management.

The training has been funded by the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC), a Netherlands based programme aimed at capacity building. The training started in February 2015 with a pre training session and will end in July 2015.