July 2015

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS


IMIHIGO EVALUATION (PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS)

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research Rwanda (IPAR) presented final findings of Imihigo to the Prime Minister’s Office and was commended for the notable work done. The final report was submitted on 7th August, 2015 to the Prime Minister’s Office.
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AID MANAGEMENT AND FISCAL POLICY FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH: LESSONS FROM RWANDA
An inception report has been submitted by IPAR to the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and we are currently preparing for data collection in Kigali City. The study will focus on the country's approach to mobilizing, allocating and managing development finance as well as examine the nature of their engagements with the different providers.
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VSO RWANDA - EXTERNAL CONTEXT ANALYSIS

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research Rwanda (IPAR-Rwanda) partnered with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) to assess the policy institutional and operational situation, bottlenecks and identify practical solutions and recommendations towards the achievement of the Vision 2020 and the EDPRS II as well as maximize the impact of VSO in Rwanda.  A presentation was made and a draft report has been submitted.

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MOU BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES GROUP (IRG) AND INSTITUTE OF POLICY ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH-RWANDA (IPAR-RWANDA)

Following the Memorandum of Understanding signed between IPAR-Rwanda and International Resources Group for USAID’s Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth Project (PSDAG) a draft report was submitted and a workshop will be organized with other stakeholders for their input.


UPCOMING PROJECTS/ EVENTS

RESULTS BASED AID (RBA) EVALUATION  
The third year of evaluation of the Department for International Development’s Results Based Aid support to the education sector in Rwanda is forthcoming. The Kick off meeting will be held on 24th August 2015 and data collection will start between 25thAugust–5thSeptember in the three districts selected. 
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EPRN PUBLIC LECTURE
The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), through EPRN in conjunction with the Department of Economics, Yale University is organizing a Public Lecture on the impact of Graduation from Ultra Poverty programs across a number of different countries, on the 18th August, 2015 from 9am-11am at Umubano Hotel. The lecture will cover a wide range of economic spectrum regarding poverty actions through inclusive economic growth and how this impacts on production and sustainable growth in Rwanda.
                                                                  
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NEWS


IDRC AND ACBF SUPERVISION MISSIONS

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) team led by Mr. Peter Taylor the TTI program Manager and Mr. John Okidi Senior Program Specialist IDRC , conducted a supervision mission to IPAR on the 14th of July, 2015 to discuss the activities IPAR has undertaken and plans to undertake in pursuit of the agreed Phase 2 objectives, under the three broad areas of TTI support, enhancing research quality, improving organizational performance and strengthening policy engagement, communication and outreach, and to share with IPAR some of the information regarding opportunities within the TTI and other relevant global matters.

Above; IPAR staff together with the team from IDRC

In the same regard, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)’s Beruk Negash, the IPAR-CAP Program Officer, conducted a supervision mission to IPAR on the 15th - 18th July. The overall objective of the mission to IPARCAP Rwanda was to assess project progress and provide project implementation support on pending issues as well as to assess the progress with regards to the agreed outcomes and outputs in the project RMF and agree on actions to improve performance.

From the discussions held with the team, a lot of issues were addressed and an agreement made on next actions to facilitate the project implementation. All the planned activities were performed and objectives achieved.

Both Organizations concluded that IPAR’s achievements so far are promising and that the Institute is indeed strong as evident from the systems, operations, publications and compliance of procedures. An Aid Memoire to the Supervision Mission was signed on behalf of IPAR by the Executive and the Program Officer.

IPAR-Rwanda would like to thank Mr. Beruk Negash, Program Officer, ACBF and Mr. Peter Taylor and John Okidi from IDRC for the visits conducted and their unwavering support towards IPAR’s mission and objectives.

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THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT

The Executive Director, IPAR-Rwanda participated in the ACBF organized “Building Capacity for Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs)” event that took place on the 15th July, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event that drew on global experience in DRM and attracted expertise of participants from developing and industrialized countries, institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and business entities, contributed to the financing for development conference. This provided an opportunity for participants to identify DRM capacity building priorities for Africa and to share DRM strategies that are efficient, effective and innovative based on Country experiences.

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AFRICAN THINK TANKS SCHOLARS VISIT TO CHINA

One of IPAR’s Senior Research Fellows participated in the African Think Tank Scholars visit to China from the 19th to 30th July 2015. This visit was organized by the Research Office, International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) and the theme of the visit was ‘China’s Development and New Opportunity for China-Africa Cooperation’.  The visit was an opportunity to learn from experiences of other African and Chinese Think Tanks on how research is conducted and how Think Tanks support the Governments. The African Think Tank Scholars Delegation was also received by Assistant Minister of International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC).

 Above; Participants pose for a group photo during their visit to China.


ACBF GRANTEES PROCUREMENT TRAINING WORKSHOP

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and the Administration and Finance Manager, IPAR-Rwanda attended a 5day procurement training workshop organized by ACBF from 20th to 24th July 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The purpose of the workshop was to;
•    Build technical capacity of procurement staff from projects to reinforce and improve the skills and knowledge of participants in the body of knowledge, basic procurement principles, procedures and trends in contracting in Public Procurement.
•    Assist participants to acquire the required knowledge and gain a better understanding of ACBF competitive procurement concepts, process and procedures.
•    Develop the participants’ skills to plan and carry out procurement functions with competence and efficiency.

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Thank you

IPAR Team