October 2015

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

MIDTERM EVALUATION OF FONERWA

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR- Rwanda is carrying out a mid-term phase evaluation of Rwanda’s National Climate Change and Environment Fund, (FONERWA.) The purpose of this case study is to deliberately cover the contextual conditions affecting the success of FONERWA-supported projects by exploring how distributional benefits vary and the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of what enables projects to start delivering benefits.

The three project case studies include; Integrated land, water resources and clean energy management toward poverty reduction project in Musanze District, support the integration of Greening district development plans and Gaseke Hydro power project. The study that started on the 26th October, 2015 will be carried in three districts of Gasabo, Gakenke and Musanze.


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


IPAR-Rwanda is currently conducting a research on Aid management and fiscal policy for inclusive growth, lessons from Rwanda, commissioned by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). The final report is expected by end November, 2015.

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FEED THE FUTURE AFRICA GREAT LAKES COFFEE SUPPORT PROGRAM


Michigan State University in partnership with IPAR-Rwanda are undertaking the Feed for the Future Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support program, a three year funded USAID project that aims to implement an integrative program of collaborative research, policy engagement and producer capacity building in the Great lakes Region of Africa to control potato taste defect (PTD) and improve coffee productivity.
IPAR-Rwanda will implement project activities focused on coffee farmers, notably their cost of production and the determinants of farmer incentives to invest in their coffee plantations. IPAR-Rwanda will also collect and analyze data on the coffee washing stations where the sampled producers process their cherry.
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BUILDING RESILIENCE IN RWANDA THROUGH BUSINESS COLLABORATION

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda in collaboration with Adelphi are implementing a research project “Building resilience in Rwanda through business collaboration”. This project is financed by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Data is being analysed and a draft paper on ‘Estimating costs of flooding on businesses in Kigali’ will be available later this month. The preliminary findings have already been published and can be accessed in the link below:

http://cdkn.org/2015/10/news-extreme-weather-affect-small-businesses-kigali-rwanda/
 

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REVIEWING POLICIES RELEVANT BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR)-Rwanda under financial support of JRS Foundation, is conducting a research project on ‘Reviewing policies that promote or hinder biodiversity informatics in Sub-Saharan Africa’. By describing the current policy framework relating to biodiversity informatics, the project will catalog best practices for promoting the use and sharing of biodiversity information.  Two papers, one on East Africa and the other on Central Africa have already been drafted and submitted to peer-review journals.

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NEWS


THE POVERTY REDUCTION EQUITY AND GROWTH NETWORK (PEGNet) CONFERENCE

The Executive Director, IPAR-Rwanda, Ms. Kayitesi Eugenia, participated in this year’s PEGNet Conference under the theme: “Transformation of developing and emerging economies: Challenges and opportunities for inclusive and sustainable growth,   which took place on 8th and 9th October, 2015 at Kalkscheune in Berlin, Germany. 

The Conference provided a platform for high level dialogue and exchange of ideas between parallel sessions based on invited and contributed papers as well as project presentations. The Conference was also an opportunity to stimulate practical cooperation between research, policy design and implementation of development projects and programs.

 Above; Ms. Kayitesi during her presentation at the PEGNet Conference.

The main objective of IPAR’s presence to the Conference was to present the Outlook to   PEGNet2016, Conference, which is scheduled to take place in September, 2016, in Kigali- Rwanda and will be hosted by IPAR-Rwanda in Collaboration with GIZ, IFW and PEGNet.

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AFRICA GREAT LAKES REGION COFFEE SUPPORT PROGRAM KICK OFF CONFERENCE

Stakeholders from across the Rwandan specialty coffee sectors as well as US and Rwanda based research partners gathered in Kigali on the 13th October, 2015 at Lemigo Hotel to officially kick off the Africa Great Lakes Regional Coffee Support Program.  The goal of this program is to dramatically reduce the effects of antestia and the potato taste defect and to raise farm-level productivity so as to improve small holder farmer incomes.


 
Above: Professor Dan Clay during his presentation at the Conference


The Conference attracted participants from the public, private and university sectors, all of which are necessary for building sustainable regional capacity in research and ultimately equipping policy makers with the research necessary to develop informed policies that address PTD and low coffee yields. 


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FIFTH CONSULTATIVE FORUM OF THE ACBF’s POLICY INSTITUTES COMMITTEE IN KIGALI, RWANDA

The Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda organized the fifth consultative forum of the ACBF supported Policy Institutes Committee on the 21st -23rd October at Lemigo Hotel. 

The forum brought together Executive Directors of all ACBF supported policy institutes and thinks tanks and provided a platform for dialogue. The main objective of the forum was to raise awareness and document the role and importance of think tanks in knowledge management and discuss policy matters pertinent to Africa’s development agenda for effective policy impact and capacity building on the continent.


 

Above; Delegates from different African countries at the ACBF PIC meeting in Kigali

The forum achieved its objectives which included enabling participants to familiarize themselves with knowledge of World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and to formulate collaborative Tobacco Control research activities, effectively exchange information and ideas on African policy developments, examine country reviews and country policy institutional assessment studies, discuss strategic policy questions and share knowledge and experiences on the management of policy institutes.


STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP ON UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING SUSTAINED PATHWAYS OUT OF EXTREME POVERTY AND DEPRIVATION

A stakeholders’ workshop on “understanding and supporting sustained pathways out of extreme poverty and deprivation” was held on 28th October 2015 at Umubano Hotel. The project is led by the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The project will be implemented by three East African research bodies namely, Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI) in Ethiopia, Economic and social research foundation (ESRF) in Tanzania  and IPAR in Rwanda). 

The workshop brought together stakeholders identified as key actors from the stakeholder mapping that was done at the inception of the project who included policymakers, practitioners and academics in Rwanda, with whom this research will engage from time to time. The workshop sought to pinpoint the policies which help individuals and households to adopt strategies that tackle chronic poverty; prevent impoverishment and that facilitate sustained poverty escapes from extreme poverty.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

2ND ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH NETWORK (EPRN) CONFERENCE

IPAR-Rwanda with support from GIZ is organizing the 2nd EPRN Conference scheduled for 25th November 2015, at Lemigo Hotel. The Conference is expected to bring together young Rwandan researchers, academicians, professionals and policy makers to network and exchange knowledge and experience on current economic issues through research paper presentations and panel discussions for increased capacity of economists working in different sectors of the national economy.

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Thank you

IPAR Team