August 2015

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS


AID MANAGEMENT AND FISCAL POLICY FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH: LESSONS FROM RWANDA


The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, Rwanda together with the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) are conducting a study on, “Aid management and fiscal policy for inclusive growth: lessons from Rwanda”. An inception report has been submitted and fieldwork will soon commence.


STRENGTHENING RESILIENCE THROUGH BUSINESS COLLABORATIONS IN DEALING WITH EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS: CASE STUDY OF KIGALI


The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda under the financial support of Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is conducting a study on “Strengthening resilience through businesses collaborations in dealing with Extreme Weather Events: Case study of Kigali”. A business survey in catchment of Nyabugogo-Gatsata-Gitikinyoni and Kimisagara started on August, 13th 2015 has just been completed.  Currently data cleaning is being done in preparation for data entry and analysis.


RESULTS BASED AID (RBA) EVALUATION   

The 3rd year of evaluation of Department for International Development’s Results Based Aid support to the education sector in Rwanda commenced on the 24th August 2015. Qualitative data collection was done by IPAR Staff working in a team led by Upper Quartile UK and has been completed in the three districts of Kicukiro, Nyanza and Rutsiro. Currently data compilation is being done in preparation for analysis and report writing.


UPCOMING PROJECTS/ EVENTS

UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING SUSTAINED PATHWAYS OUT OF EXTREME POVERTY AND DEPRIVATION

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research IPAR-Rwanda in partnership with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) at Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will carry out a study on “Understanding and supporting sustained pathways out of extreme poverty and deprivation”, funded by the ESRC-DFID Joint fund for the poverty alleviation research.

The aim of this project is to increase understanding of the factors associated with sustained escapes from poverty, how policies and programmes can support these escapes and the political and institutional pre-conditions under which these policies can successfully be initiated.

Some of the objectives include;

•    Providing policy makers with quantitative and qualitative evidence of the key factors that under different prevailing political settlements and for different groups of the population, enable sustained escapes from poverty and deprivation

•    Pinpointing the policies which help individuals and households to adopt strategies that facilitate sustained poverty escapes.

•    Establishing context-specific and probably multi dimensional ‘resilience thresholds’ beyond which impoverishment is unlikely, and the policy implications.


PROVISION OF CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THINK TANKS/POLICY INSTITUTES TO PRODUCE KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (Rwanda) has signed a contract with the African Capacity Building Foundation, ACBF in the framework of ACBF’s new business model which emphasizes enhanced collaboration with mature implementing partners.

The foundation has created the policy Institutes Committee (PIC) which offers a platform for think tanks to share their knowledge, experience and ideas and discuss issues of strategic importance related to their relevance and impact.

The objectives of this assessment is to produce and submit CPIA self assessment study and a country review in the upcoming PIC meeting scheduled for October, 2015 in Kigali.


YOUTH EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP


The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR Rwanda) in conjunction with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is organizing a youth workshop with the theme “Pathways for expanding economic opportunities for Rwandan youths. The role of research and evidence.”

The aim of this workshop is to brainstorm on innovative approaches and coherent policy messages in regards to youth employment and poverty reduction and to enhance dialogue among the key actors on the critical knowledge and evidence gaps that hamper effective interventions to enhance economic opportunities for youth.

The Consultative workshop will convene youth groups, government policy makers in the Ministries of Labor and Employment, implementing agencies and members from the private sector and resource persons from the regional countries. The workshop will take place on 25th August, 2015 starting 8:00am to 6:00pm at Hotel Umubano, Kigali –Rwanda.

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NEWS

COMESA ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM


One of IPAR’s research fellows, Lillian Mutesi, attended the first COMESA Annual research forum which was held on 10th-14th August 2015 at the LAICO Victoria hotel in Entebbe, Uganda.  The main objectives of the forum were to review various research papers submitted and discuss the modalities of the COMESA Virtual University.

The forum was attended by delegates from a number of African countries who appreciated the importance of the research annual forum and emphasized the need to sustain it on an annual basis with the institutions agreeing to operationalize the virtual platform to offer a master’s degree program in regional integration which will be offered in a collaborative manner with one host university.


EPRN PUBLIC LECTURE


The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda, through EPRN in conjunction with the Department of Economics, Yale University organized a Public Lecture on the impact of Graduation from Ultra Poverty programs across a number of different countries, on the 18th August, 2015 at Umubano Hotel.
The lecture that was presented by Professor Uldry Christopher gave insights on rural economic activities in Sub Saharan Africa and how African countries have helped the poor graduate from extreme poverty for sustainable development. The lecture attracted EPRN members, researchers, academicians and policy makers in the country drawn from government institutions, private sector institutions, development partners, academia and experts in the field of development.


Above; Professor Christopher Uldry, a development Economist makes a presentation at the lecture.


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Thank you

IPAR Team