April 2016

ONGOING PROJECTS

STRENGTHENING THE IMPACT ON EMPLOYMENT OF SECTOR POLICIES

IPAR Rwanda signed a contract with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to conduct short background studies on employment with the focus on the construction and infrastructure sectors in Rwanda  under “Strengthening the Impact on Employment of Sector Policies: A joint Initiative of MIFOTRA, ILO and European Union”.

The study aims to:
i)    Provide a better sense of the overall employment situation in the sector, including potential, recent developments and growth, future prospects;
ii)    Review of available data, reports and evaluations of these sectors;
iii)    Disaggregate the data from sector into subsectors based on available information
iv)    Provide recommendations on further research questions and focus areas based on the findings.

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NEWS

THE THIRD AFRICA THINK TANK SUMMIT

The Executive Director, IPAR, Ms. Eugenia Kayitesi and Ms. Diane Ingabire, an intern at IPAR, attended and represented the Institution at the third high level Africa Think Tank Summit, that was organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in partnership with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The summit which took place at the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from the 8th to 9th April, 2016, under the theme, “Creating a Sustainable Future for African Think tanks in Support of SDGs and agenda 2063 Implementation” attracted the community of think tanks, development practitioners and experts interested in Africa’s development agenda.
The Summit provided a platform for participants from various think tanks to reflect on how they can collectively and sustainably contribute to African Countries’ implementation of the global Agenda 2030 for SDGs and Africa’s vision reflected in the Agenda 2063.

The Executive Director further participated in the Sixth Policy Institute Committee (PIC) consultantive Forum where representatives of ACBF supported Think Tanks  shared experience and knowledge on Issues related to the Effective Utilisation of knowledge products for Impacts and Africa’s developemt Agenda.


Participants at the PIC Summit pose for a Group photo

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DEVELOPING RESEARCH UPTAKE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (DRUSSA)

Dr. Aime Tsinda, a Senior Research Fellow at IPAR-Rwanda, participated in the 2016 Developing Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) Leadership and Benchmarking Conference in Reduit, Mauritius, from 25th-27th April 2016 at the Voila Bagatelle Hotel.

The conference that brought together academia, researchers and leaders to share knowledge and good practice on Research Uptake systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, emphasized the opportunities associated with aligning research with National Development goals – as well as helping to inform the identification of these goals – and how important a role smaller universities or research institutes with strong community linkages can play in that regard.

 
DRUSSA Conference Participants during the photo session

It was agreed however, that there can be no universal model for good practice in research uptake management – systems will necessarily vary across different institutions, research contexts, available resources, and audiences.

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SECOND REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT FORUM

Mr. Adelite Murindangwe, the IT Officer IPAR, participated in the 2nd Regional Employment Forum that took place at the Kigali, Serena Hotel on the 25th to 26th April, 2016 that was organized by the Ministry of Public Service and Labour.

Under the theme of “Promoting Productive Employment by Supporting Young Entrepreneurs” the general objective of the forum was to bring together all stakeholders to discuss on how to unlock challenges of young entrepreneurs through access to finance, information sharing, internships, to mention but a few.

This forum was also a platform where different National and Regional Stakeholders in employment promotion convened to discuss how to create sustainable, productive and decent job for all.
   
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SOCIAL PROTECTION ROLE ON RWANDA SOCIAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Ms. Mutesi Lillian, a research fellow at IPAR attended and participated in training on “The Social Protection Role on Rwanda Social Economic Development” at Nobleza hotel from 25th to 29th April 2016.

The training was organized by the Capacity and Policy Development Facility (CPDF) under Ministry of Local Government and DFID with an objective of building an understanding across Government on the key role that an effective social protection system plays in a market economy and its contribution to national, social and economic development.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS OF FEED THE FUTURE AFRICA GREAT LAKES REGION COFFEE SUPPORT PROGRAM (AGLC)

IPAR has finalized a baseline study and a set of key informant interviews under the study “Africa Great Lakes Region Coffee Support program project” in collaboration with Michigan State University, The Global Knowledge Initiative, the National Agricultural Export Development Board and the University of Rwanda.

It is therefore in this regard that IPAR is organizing a number of round table discussions that will bring together stakeholders from across the Rwandan specialty coffee sectors as well as US Rwanda based research partners.

The discussions will start on the 13th to 24th May, 2016 and will revolve around some policy aspects observed during the baseline and interviews conducted under this project, for the last six months.

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COUNTRY VALIDATION WORKSHOP FOR AID MANAGEMENT AND FISCAL POLICY FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH


IPAR together with the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) are organizing a validation workshop upon completion of the study on “Aid Management and Fiscal Policy for Inclusive Growth: Lessons from Country Experiences”, which will take place on 26th May, 2016 at Lemigo Hotel.
The Objectives of the workshop include;
i)    Present the key findings and recommendations of the country report to stakeholders;
ii)    Provide a platform for stakeholders to validate the research findings, provide inputs and exchange experiences and knowledge on the external development finance;
iii)    Identify and propose focused strategic and feasible interventions to strengthen management, coordination and delivery of external development finance at the Country level.
This workshop is expected to bring together experts and senior officials from Key Government Ministries, Departments and agencies, civil society Organizations and academia.
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IPAR Team