Jan 2017

RESEARCH PROJECT     


THE SEVEN YEAR GOVERNMENT PROGRAM (2010-2017) DELIBERATIVE FORUMS

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR Rwanda) has been commissioned by the office of the Prime Ministers to provide an independent assessment of the Seven Year Government Program (7YGP), launched in 2010 at the onset of the second mandate of His excellence the president of the Republic of Rwanda.
 
The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the progress and the impact made in the implementation of the 7YGP and the results will inform future planning of the Government of Rwanda. It is in line with this purpose that IPAR- Rwanda organized four deliberative forums in the four sectors that constitute the 7YGP (Economic, Governance, Social Welfare and Justice) with relevant Government implementing  institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), development partners and private sector.


Participants in the Focus group discussions (Cluster: Social Welfare)


Participants in the Focus group discussions (Cluster: Economic)


One of the participants taking key notes from the group discussion members

The purpose of DFs was to get views from participants on implementation (Achievements, enabling factors, gaps and or/ challenges and recommendations which would inform and enrich the findings of the final report.

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RESULTS OF CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT DECISION MAKING
 
The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) signed a partnership agreement with Palladium International Limited under the program “Ikiraro cy’Iterambere (Rwanda Multi Donor Civil Society Support Programme) to carry out a project on results of citizen participation in government decision making.

The notion of citizen’s participation has become one of the core areas towards inclusive growth and development in Rwanda. With this respect, the Government provides a room to enhancing community empowerment and citizen participation, based on the idea that community development depends on the participation of the population in local development issues. However, the translation of the general idea into practical actions remains a challenge for many practitioners of local and national development.

Therefore the research aims at exploring  and understanding  what areas of citizen participation have been successful (or not) and what policies, plans, and budgets have been effective as result of citizen’s participation based on the existing literature with some key consultations


Ms Eugenia Kayitesi, Executive Director (middle) and Mr Phanindra Adhikary, Representing Palladium (right) signing the agreement.

Results from this study will inform on the effectiveness of citizen participation in the national planning and development process, with focus to social protection and agriculture sectors.

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CONFERENCES


6TH ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS
 
As part of its contribution to a culture of public debate and dialogue on policy issues and with financial support from African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), every year, IPAR-Rwanda organizes a conference that brings together researchers and policy makers to dialogue and disseminate research findings from its researchers and other research and academic institutions. IPAR is organizing its 6th Annual Research Conference which will be held on 23rd March, 2017 at Umubano Hotel and will attract researchers, professionals and decision makers working in higher education institutions, government, and development partners and for civil society organizations.

This year’s main theme is “Secure Biodiversity and Ensure Natural Resource Management toward Sustainable Development”

In this regard, Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for papers and poster presentations for the conference not later than 28th February 2017.

Online registration and submission of paper is being done through IPAR’s website (www.ipar-rwanda.org/events)

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POLICY LEARNING EVENT & MINISTERIAL CONSULTATION ON RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
 
The development financing landscape is changing, and there is now great need for African countries to develop broad strategies for financing transformation that fit their country circumstances. Resource mobilization and management is among eight core issues identified as vital to Africa’s economic transformation during the African Transformation Forum jointly convened by the Government of Rwanda and the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in March 2016 in Kigali.

It is in this line that ACET with some support from IPAR- Rwanda as one of the institutions that participated in the multi country study on Mobilizing and managing Financial Flows for development is organizing a high level policy learning event on 16-17 March, 2017 at Marriott Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda. The main objective of this policy learning meeting, is to discuss development finance, identify key issues on domestic resource mobilization and give recommendations on how to help African countries shape their transformation strategies and plans. 

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IPAR TEAM