March 2017

RESEARCH PROJECTS

AFRICAN GREAT LAKES REGION COFFEE SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) is implementing the second phase of the ‘African Great Lakes Region Coffee support program project (AGLC)’, in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU), The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), and the University of Rwanda (UR). The focus of this research project is on long-term sustainability of the Rwandan coffee sector.
In this regard two round table discussions were organized on 9th and 15th March, 2017 at IPAR offices in Kimihurura, Kigali-Rwanda. These meetings brought together stakeholders from across the Rwandan specialty coffee sectors, as well as US-Rwanda based research partners.



Participants group photo

The first discussion revolved around pathways to sustainable Growth for Rwanda’s Coffee sector while the second focused on the on-going zoning policy in the coffee sector. Findings from the coffee farmer research over the past two seasons were presented and discussed.  for more details contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT DECISION MAKING: THE CASE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND SOCIAL PROTECTION SECTORS IN RWANDAN “IKIRARO CY’ITERAMBERE”

IPAR-Rwanda received a research grant from Ikiraro Cy’Iterambere to conduct research on the results of citizen participation on the effectiveness of policies, plans, and budgets. Findings of this study will help in understanding practical aspects of citizen’s participation, where this has and has not produced results and why. At the same time the research should contribute to broad understanding of why and when civil society/citizen engagement is most successful and beneficial to improving policies and their implementation.


CONFERENCES
THE 6TH IPAR-RWANDA ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE
The 6th IPAR-Rwanda Annual Research Conference organized by the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) was held on March 23, 2017 at Umubano Hotel in Kigali. The conference was organized with the support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and JRS Biodiversity Foundation, an independent grant-making foundation based in Seattle, United States of America (USA).
Under theme “Secure Biodiversity and Ensure Management of Natural Resources toward Sustainable Development”, The Conference whose  sub themes included 

Prospects of Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development; and The nexus between economic development and the role of the national capital accounting and data requirements. Was presided over by the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Mining and Natural Resources MINIRENA Ms. Mukarubibi Fatina.

The Conference brought together 100 participants (who included researchers, academics, government officials, representatives of development partners, local and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the Private Sector and media deliberating on issues related to secured biodiversity and ensured sustainable management of natural resources towards sustainable development.


Informed by the research findings and the on-going debate on sustainable development goals (SDGs), the discussions during the conference proposed some recommendations:  Packaging research results into decision making instruments; more efforts in swamp protection to ensure their cleaning roles and sediments retention; devise formal mechanisms to engage  civil society, private sector, and think tanks in the process of implementing the sustainable development goals; there is need to centralize information about biodiversity by the appropriate government entity; among others

THE LAUNCH OF THE AFRICA CAPACITY REPORT (ACR 2017) ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION (STI)


Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, executive secretary of ACBF ”opening remarks on video”

IPAR Rwanda on 28th March 2017 launched the Africa Capacity Report (ACR 2017) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) on behalf the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The Africa Capacity index of 2016 ranked Rwanda the 3rd after Morocco and Tanzania.

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has, over the past five years published its Africa Capacity Report (ACR). The ACR seeks to measure and examine the capacity of African countries to pursue their development agenda by focusing on key determinants and components of capacity for development.


Dr Aime Tsinda, Senior researcher at IPAR (1st from left) sharing results and key recommendations of the report with participants

This launch meeting brought together 50 participants from public and private sector, academia, civil society, development partners and researchers in the domain of Science, Technology and Innovation to share with them the main content of the report and recommendations.


8TH AFRICAN EVALUATION ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD IN UGANDA, KAMPALA 27TH TO 31ST MARCH 2017. 

The African Evaluation Association held its 8th International Conference 2017 in Uganda, Kampala from 27th to 31st March 2017 with the aim to promote exchange between researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners on demand and supply of credible evaluative evidence in support of the SDGs in Africa. Three thinks tanks supported by IDRC through the Think Tank Initiative including IPAR-Rwanda, IPAR-Senegal, and EPRC in Uganda were invited to share their respective experiences to inform on the domestication and evaluation of SDGs as captured by the presentation topic: Use of  Evaluation for Decision Making in the context of SDGs : A case of  Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda. IPAR-Rwanda was represented by Prof. Alfred R. Bizoza, the Director of Research who shared Rwanda’s experience in domestication of SDGs and how “ Imihigo” known as performance contracts help Rwanda to achieve its development targets.