February 2015

ONGOING PROJECTS
   
PUBLIC POLICY RESPONSES FOR CLIMATE RESILIENT DEVELOPMENT

IPAR Rwanda is currently conducting a study on political economy of climate resilience development in Rwanda. This follows the first phase of the same study that was conducted back in 2014 and intends to assess how elements of low carbon and resilience development are being brought together into implementation and how different types of financing and methods of disbursement affect that synergy.

   
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-Rwanda) 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. The Inception and the tools have been presented to the City of Kigali and plans for conducting feedback are underway.


UPDATING SELECTED INDICATORS IN THE LOGFRAME FOR THE LAND TENURE REGULARISATION PROGRAMME FOR THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
 
IPAR-Rwanda is conducting a survey for the Department for International Development (DFID) to gather data and information, based on selected indicators that track implementation progress of the Land Tenure Regularization (LTR) programme.

The specific objectives of this assignment include;
1.    To carry out a survey that will provide data for Q1-2015 on specific indicators in the programme logical framework (logframe)
2.    To provide Rwanda National Resources Agency (RNRA) with a standard questionnaire, recommended sampling approach and other information that would enable them to collect the data on an annual basis.

EVALUATION OF THE FONERWA FUND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has contracted Upper Quartile to conduct an evaluation of the FONERWA Fund Management for climate change and environment projects. 

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) is working with Upper Quartile in the baseline phase of the programme evaluation.  This baseline is seeking to establish the position of the early stage of FONERWA’s operation.  An evaluation team of international consultants working with IPAR- Rwanda are already here in Rwanda for this assignment.

 
NEWS

RESEARCH QUALITY: APPROACHES, OUTREACH AND IMPACT

The Executive Director and Director of Research, IPAR-Rwanda, Ms. Eugenia Kayitesi and Dr. Alfred R. Bizoza, respectively, attended the Research quality: Approaches outreach and impact program organized by the Think Tank Initiative Exchange that took place on the 18th to 20th of February, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

This was the second Global meeting of the 43 institutions currently funded by the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) and the objectives of this Conference included; learning more about what research quality means as well as learning the approaches and tools to strengthen research, engage with key actors and increasing the impact of think tanks.


ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH NETWORK (EPRN) CONSULTATIVE MEETING

IPAR-Rwanda, organized a consultative meeting on the 24th February 2015 at Lemigo Hotel to discuss how to strengthen the capacity of the network to respond to policy demands in the field of economic policy analysis and research and support to different institutions working in sectors of the national economy, to provide evidence for the country’s policy making process for suitable economic growth.

The meeting encompassed a number of issues that included EPRN’s challenges, milestones achieved, strategies as well as priorities of EPRN as a network which cooperates on research of economic policy. Mr. Birasa Nyamulinda, a lecturer at University of Rwanda presenting on “Capacity needs Assessment for economic policy research in Rwanda” recommended that EPRN needs to enhance capacity development programmes through workshops, in house trainings, coaching as well as mentorship, inorder to be able to achieve its set objectives.

The key issues that were discussed during the meeting were; membership, active participation of members, products offered by EPRN, strengthening coordination and finally appointing the chairing committee.


UPCOMING EVENTS

PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON TAX INCENTIVES IN RWANDA

IPAR-Rwanda together with ActionAid International’s Rwanda office will have a public dialogue on tax incentives in Rwanda on the 26th March, 2015 at Lemigo Hotel. The theme of the dialogue will be; “Tax Incentives in Rwanda: A Reward or a Barrier to Self-reliance?’’
   
The objectives of this workshop will include;
i.    Launching and disseminating the findings of the ActionAid-IPAR study on the cost benefit analysis of tax incentives in Rwanda including views from the local population on the role of taxes and tax incentives in their daily lives.
ii.    Generating policy debate and dialogue around the issues of tax incentives in Rwanda in terms of costs, benefits and how targeted tax incentives can be used to spur foreign and domestic investments in key sectors like agro-processing, energy and ICT, while promoting self reliance in Rwanda
iii.    Understanding current trends in international illicit financial flows based on findings such as the recently released Mbeki report, the Swiss leaks reports and what these mean for tax incentives and double taxation agreements in Rwanda’s context.




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