THE PRODUCTION OF CASE STUDIES ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
IPAR-Rwanda is conducting a study for The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), which will focus on the theme “Building Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation.”
The Objectives of this study include;
i. Examine the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) landscape and uptake by Countries in Africa;
ii. Examine the issues, challenges, opportunities and possibilities facing African countries, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Continental bodies as well as non-state actors in creating sustainable STI platforms for the continent’s economic, political and social transformation;
iii. Define the key capacity imperatives around STI development and the appropriate roles for Governments, RECs, Continental bodies and non state actors;
iv. Serve as a knowledge product targeting Africa’s continental bodies, RECs, policy makers, private sector, civil society, development partners, universities, and research institutes/ think tanks around the capacity dimension that require attention.
CONSISTENCY ANALYSIS OF EXISTING POLICIES, PLANS AND PROGRAMMES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CATCHMENT PLANS
IPAR Rwanda is conducting a study on, “Consistency Analysis of Existing policies, plans and programmes for development of catchment plans” on behalf of SNV-Rwanda.
Some of the objectives of this study include;
i. Making an inventory of all national, regional and sectoral Policies, Plans and Programmes (PPP‘s) that may interact with the specific catchment plan.
ii. Analyzing the potential interactions between each of the PPP’s and catchment plan.
iii. Analyze how Integrated Water Resource Management and its catchment plans could influence the Policies, Plans and Programmes.
THIRD PAN AFRICAN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Mr. Roger Mugisha, a research fellow at IPAR-Rwanda attended the 25th Anniversary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the 3rd Pan African Capacity Development Forum which took place on the 3rd-5th May, 2016 at the Harare International Conference Center in Zimbabwe.
Under the theme, “Developing Capacity for Africa’s Economic and Social Transformation”, the forum provided an excellent opportunity for ACBF to partner with institutions working for Africa’s sustainable capacity development and provide an opportunity to showcase achievements made over the last twenty five years in Africa’s public and private sector, as well as civil society which are contributing to the Continent’s effective transformation.
The forum was also an opportunity for policy makers and development practitioners, to reflect on the priority capacity development avenues that will lead to effective economic and social transformation in Africa.
POLICY ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS OF FEED THE FUTURE AFRICA GREAT LAKES REGION COFFEE SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) under the study “Africa Great Lakes Region Coffee support program project (AGLC)”, collaborated with Global Knowledge Initiative, Michigan State University, NAEB, and the University of Rwanda, to conduct five Round table discussions bringing together stakeholders from across the Rwandan specialty coffee sector, as well as US-Rwanda based research partners. The topics included;
1. Understanding farmer motivation and encouraging farmers to invest in their coffee
2. Ensuring producers are paid for high quality coffee, and that premiums can reach them
3. Optimizing financing for farmers and cooperatives
4. Ensuring a higher proportion of coffee moves through the fully washed channel (e.g. zoning policy, farmer incentives, etc.)
5. Availability and effective use of pesticides and fertilizer
The discussions revolved around policy aspects observed during the baseline and key informant interviews conducted under the above mentioned project. The discussions were held at IPAR Rwanda offices between 13th May 2016 and 24th May 2016.
REGIONAL STAKEHOLDER MEETING ON “MAKING INVESTMENTS WORK FOR PEOPLE IN THE EAC"
Mr. Micheal Munyaneza, the Resource Mobilization Associate at IPAR attended and represented the institute at a Regional Stakeholder meeting on "Making Investments work for people in the EAC", which took place at Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda from the 19th to 20th May 2016.
This multi-stakeholder meeting which was organized by Southern And Eastern Africa Trade Information And Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Uganda with support from Diakonia Regional Office in partnership with East African Civil Society Organization Forum (EACSOF), aimed at enhancing stakeholders' awareness and appreciation of the imperative for trade and investment policies and practices that are gender sensitive, protect human rights, promote environment sustainability and address the development needs of the EAC region.
The EAC leaders were also urged to implement policies that will help guard against illicit financial transactions, and ensure that Foreign Direct Investments benefit the region.
ACET VALIDATION WORKSHOP
The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in collaboration with IPAR-Rwanda organized a validation workshop on the study “Mobilizing and managing external development assistance for inclusive growth” on the 26th May, 2016 at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali Rwanda with objectives to;
i. Present key findings and recommendations of the Country report to stakeholders
ii. Provide a platform for stakeholders to validate research findings and provide inputs and exchange experiences and knowledge on external development finance.
iii. And to identify and propose focused strategic and feasible interventions to strengthen management and coordination.
Workshop Participants during the photo session
The workshop which brought together experts and senior officials from key Government Ministries, development partners and academicians, was a platform to stimulate dialogue on the topic above.
ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH NETWORK (EPRN) PUBLIC LECTURE
The EPRN organized a half day public lecture, with a major aim of providing a platform for networking and dialogue for Rwandan Economic researchers, academicians to engage with policy makers.
Dr Torsten Schmidt, the lecturer for the day gave a brief overview and presentation on Index Construction and short term GDP Forecasting, citing internet data as a very active area of research in his remarks.
The lecture which took place on May 27th 2016 at University of Rwanda, Gikondo, attracted participants from various fields, private sector, researchers, government institutions and development partners.
On Friday 13th May 2016, IPAR staff under the theme, “fighting genocide ideology” paid tribute to the Genocide victims laid at Ntarama Church where 5000 people lost their lives. The commemoration was preceded by a visit to some of the survivors, widows of Nelson Mandela Village (Umudugudu).
IPAR Staff lay a wreath during the Ntarama site visit
Ms. Kayitesi Eugenia, The Executive Director IPAR, emphasized that IPAR’s annual visits to genocide memorial sites and reaching out to survivors is a moral responsibility for every Rwandan. “The survivors need our support and we must be with them especially now during these trying moments” she went on to add.