March 2016



The Executive Director, IPAR, Ms. Eugenia Kayitesi attended and represented IPAR at the 2016 African Transformation Forum hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the African Center for Economic Transformation.

The Forum that took place on the 14th and 15th March, 2016 at Serena Hotel, Kigali revolved around two major objectives;
i)    Facilitating knowledge sharing and peer learning across global and African luminaries from the public and private sectors and
ii)    Launching the Coalition for Transformation in Africa – a new leadership network organized in chapters, each addressing a specific thematic area.
This Forum, with Rwanda preparing to host the World Economic Forum in May 2016, with a focus on “assessing digital economy catalysts to drive structural transformation” will base its outcomes  to sharpen Africa’s transformation vision and priorities ahead of the Global economic event.


A research project “Building resilience in Rwanda through business collaboration” was initiated and funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and implemented by the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research Rwanda (IPAR Rwanda) together with Adelphi. The survey focused on how small businesses in Kigali, Rwanda are being affected by recurrent flooding.

It is therefore against this background that IPAR-Rwanda and adelphi in collaboration with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) organized a workshop under the theme, “Building resilience in Rwanda through business collaboration” on 15th March, 2016 at Umubano Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda. 

The goals of the workshop included;
1.    Communicating the findings of the survey among businesses and the subsequent analysis
2.    Discussing the policy implications of the findings
3.    Formulating questions for further research.

Above; Participants pose for a group photo during the workshop. Honorable Minister Seraphine Mukantabana, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee affairs, (MIDIMAR) officiated the workshop.

Some of the recommendations from the workshop to mitigate climate change and its effects included;
i) Building Strong partnerships between research institutions and public entities

ii). More dialogue between stakeholders on how to continue building climate change resilience

iii) Increasing awareness in the private sector players to take the lead in disaster management.


IPAR Rwanda organized its 5th Annual Research Conference which attracted over 100 people from different fields of academia, civil society, Government, development partners and other fields.

The Conference which took place at Umubano Hotel, on the 24th March, 2016, with the theme, “Climate Change and Economic Resilience”, incited interesting ideas and discussions on what should be done to prevent and stop the adverse effects of climate change in Rwanda as well as the Region.


Above; Conference participants during the photo session. 

Some of the recommendations from the Workshop included;

1.    A need for increased linkage between policy making based on research evidence
2.    Increased investments in the awareness on climate change and variability in the country for instance translating findings into the local language
3.    Creating a national consensus on the economic importance of environmental protection and mainstreaming of climate variability into policy formulation
4.    More Research to bring climate change and variability issues closer to Rwandans and increase goodwill for actions towards environmental protection