January 2016

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS


FEED THE FUTURE AFRICA GREAT LAKES COFFEE SUPPORT PROGRAM
Representatives from USAID, Michigan State University, UR, and IPAR conducted a field visit to Kirehe on the 27th January in the context of the on-going Africa Great Lakes Coffee Research project being implemented in Kirehe, Rutsiro, Huye, and Gakenke Districts.  The current ongoing activities include a baseline survey of 1024 coffee farmers and field experiments from 16 coffee washing stations in the above District. The study is still at its preliminary phase.

 
Officials discuss with managers and farmers in Kirehe District


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NEWS

REVIEW OF EAST AFRICAN BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS POLICIES

A review paper on policies relevant to biodiversity informatics in East Africa countries was published by IPAR team.  The article, which appeared in the most recent issue of The African Technopolitician Magazine, summarizes the institutional landscape of biodiversity information in the region, identifies national barriers and enabling conditions for the successful assembly and maintenance of data related to biodiversity. Follow this link for the full article.

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BUILDING RESILIENCE IN RWANDA THROUGH BUSINESS COLLABORATION

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda in partnership with Adelphi, a German think tank, are implementing a research project entitled, “Building resilience in Rwanda through business collaboration”. This project is financed by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and a workshop is planned for March 15th 2016, expected to bring together stakeholders (researchers, policy makers, private sector, civil society and development partners) to exchange knowledge and experience on how to increase resilience of businesses to deal with flooding in Kigali, Rwanda.

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ENHANCING CAPACITIES FOR TRADE IN SERVICES POLICY MAKING AND NEGOTIATIONS

The Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) Coordinator, Mr. Michael Munyaneza represented IPAR at the East African Community Regional training workshop that was organized in Nairobi, Kenya from 26th – 29th January, 2016 at the Monarch hotel, by the International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP), CUTS International Geneva and the University of Sussex’s CARIS, alongside local partner CUTS ARC.
The objectives of this workshop aimed at enhancing stakeholders’ understanding on;
i.    The collection and use of services trade statistics
ii.    Institutional mechanisms for services related decision making
iii.    Improving competitiveness in the services sector
The main purpose of the workshop was to expose participants to various tools and methods available to foster knowledge sharing and to enable easy access to trade in service policies and strategies.

UPCOMING EVENTS

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 5TH IPAR ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE

A call for research papers for the 5th Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) Annual Research Conference, under the theme “Climate Change and Economic Resilience” is currently ongoing until the 15th February, 2016 on the IPAR website under this link. To participate kindly follow the link and submit your paper relevant to the theme or contact us below for more information.

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Thank you
IPAR Team