ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
FEED THE FUTURE AFRICA GREAT LAKES COFFEE SUPPORT PROGRAM
African Great Lakes Region Coffee Support program (AGLC), a USAID Feed the Future initiative, is working under a collaborative research with the Michigan State University, University of Rwanda and the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) in the baseline phase in terms of data collection.
This baseline seeks to;
· Provide information that will be used to fill the gaps in understanding how to control Potato Taste Defect (PTD)
· Improve coffee farm management practices and create a policy environment that is fully supportive of farmer and other stakeholder investment in the sector
Data will be collected from four coffee growing districts namely; Rutsiro, Huye, Gakenke and Kirehe.
THE 2015 AFRICAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
The Director of Research IPAR, Professor Alfred Bizoza, participated in the 2015 African Economic Conference whose theme was, “Addressing Poverty and Inequality in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.” The conference which took place on the 2nd to 4th November, 2015 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo brought together policy-makers, researchers and development practitioners from Africa and from around the world to make strategic contribution and identify concrete actions necessary for poverty and inequality reduction in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.
The Conference provided an opportunity to assess the impact of current growth strategies on poverty, inequality and human development in Africa, as well as discussions on successes, lessons learned and remaining gaps, challenges and emerging issues on the topic.
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTER (IDRC) VISIT
The outgoing program Officer responsible for the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, Rwanda, Dr. John Okidi together with the incoming program officer Dr. Diakalia Sanogo visited IPAR on the 17th November, 2015 to formally introduce the new program officer to the IPAR team.
Above; Outgoing Program Officer, Dr. Okidi (Left) receives a token of appreciation from IPAR Executive Director, Ms. Eugenia Kayitesi (Right)
The team met with IPAR Board chair and staff who thanked Dr. Okidi for his unwavering support over the last 5 years and pledged their cooperation to Dr. Diakalia the new program officer.
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING SUSTAINED PATHWAYS OUT OF EXTREME POVERTY DEPRIVATION
Dr Alfred Bizoza, the Director of research and Lillian Mutesi, a research fellow at IPAR, attended a consortium meeting in Dar es salaam, Tanzania on the 24th and 25th November 2015 held at Kundunchi Beach hotel. This was organized under the research project, “Understanding and supporting sustained pathways out of extreme poverty deprivation” led by Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) at Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
The meeting objectives were to bring together all the three country teams from Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia to discuss the methodology, sampling and analytical tools for the research. The teams also worked on country specific project work plans with the ODI team.
2ND ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH NETWORK (EPRN) CONFERENCE
IPAR-Rwanda with support from GIZ successfully organized the 2nd Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) Conference that took place on the 25th November, 2015 at Lemigo Hotel. The Conference attracted young Rwandan researchers who presented their research papers at the conference as well as academicians, professionals and policy makers within the country.
Above; Participants pose for a group photo at the Economic Policy Research Network Conference at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali
The Conference focused on building the capacity of economists working in different sectors of the national economy and provided evidence for the country’s policy making process while increasing the presence of economists in Regional and International economic research forums. Some of the conference recommendations included;
* Enhance savings mobilization; Continue to support the development of new products like longer term maturity deposits in terms of interest rates.
* Continue encouraging financial sector development to promote commercial bank lending: there is still room to increase lending to the private sector: increase in establishments (EICV4) even in rural areas in terms of commercial bank credit on economic growth and development in Rwanda.
* Since health insurance is an important factor, the government should promote the universal coverage policy or reconsider premium in terms of demand for health services in Rwanda.
* Enforcing tax morale among Rwandan citizens under factors affecting tax compliance in Rwanda.
THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA WORKSHOP
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, through its Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa has partnered with the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR- Rwanda) to organize a High-Level Workshop on "Accelerating Economic Growth in Rwanda" in Rubavu from the 6th December to 8th December 2015). IPAR Rwanda staff will participate in the high-level workshop and service the workshop and provide all the necessary support towards the successful organization of the event.