April2017

RESEARCH PROJECTS

IKIRARO CY’ITERAMBERE

With the support of Ikiraro cy’iterambere, IPAR-Rwanda is conducting a research project entitled “Citizen participation in Government decision making: The case of agriculture and social protection in Rwanda.”  This project, aims at analyzing (i) the mechanisms through which the citizens participate into the government decision making, with a focus on the agriculture and the social protection sectors and (ii) the results of citizen participation in these sectors. The results look at how citizens’ satisfaction of policies and programmes is linked to the participation of the citizens, and where has Rwanda experienced changes in policies inspired by the voice of the citizens. The analysis builds on literature review complemented by key consultations at the national and district level. Preliminary findings show that mechanisms of citizen participation in those sectors are many. Moreover, the citizen participation framework is designed in a way that fosters citizen participation at the planning and implementation level of the policy cycle and that it leads to tangible changes in policies.   The diffusion of the project findings is planned in the coming weeks.

OPEN BUDGET SURVEY 2017

IPAR-Rwanda in collaboration with International Budget Partnership (IBP) an international organization that supports open and accountable budgets throughout the world are carrying out an open budget survey in Rwanda, the same survey was conducted in 115 countries worldwide. The purpose of this survey is to analyze budget transparency, public participation and mainly the availability of eight key budget documents to the public: Pre budget Statement, Executive’s Budget Proposal, Enacted Budget, Citizens Budget, In-Year Reports, Mid-Year Review, Year-End Report and Audit Report

International good practice on public financial management recommends that government produce eight key budget documents throughout the budget process – from formulation and approval to execution and oversight. These documents are critical for budget transparency as, all together, they provide information and data on government priorities and proposals, executed expenditures and actual revenue, and a final accounting of the government’s management of public resources for that fiscal year.
In September 2016, researchers began collecting data on budget-related events, activities, and developments that occurred before 31 December 2016 and capturing them in the questionnaires. In the process of this research survey, questionnaires were sent to anonymous peer reviewers with substantial working knowledge of budget systems. The research survey was completed and submitted to IBP.

RESEARCH STUDY TOUR

IPAR STAFF STUDY TOUR TO KENYA INSTITUTE for PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS (KIPPRA) AND THE INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS (IEA)

As part of IPAR’s mandate to build capacities of its internal staff and network with other think tanks, with financial support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Six IPAR Staff and one board member lead by Executive Director conducted a learning tour to KIPPRA with a purpose of learning from their Quality research, research publication, resource mobilization and networking with KIPPRA management and staff. They also paid a courtesy call visit to IEA Kenyan based Think tanks from 26th to 27th April 2017.


Some of the lessons learnt include; Incentives to researchers who publish in high-impact outlets which can increase not only the ranking of the Institution but also the quality and relevance of papers produced, the importance of having strong communication and packaging tools for dissemination of research outputs among others. The two institutions IPAR and KIPPRA agreed that they will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their partnership. 


IPAR staffs pose with IEA staff at IEA offices

CONFERENCES
 
THE ‘’FOURTH AFRICAN THINK TANK SUMMIT’’ (TTI)
“African Think Tanks and Industrialization in Africa”

Ms Eugenia Kayitesi, Executive Director participated to the ‘’Fourth African Think Tank Summit’’ (TTI) under the theme “African Think Tanks and Industrialization in Africa”  in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on April 6 - 8, 2017 organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)

The summit discussed the role of African think tanks to improve the sector of industrialization in Africa among others, the importance of developing the human and institutional capacities of African countries particularly with regard to implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development goals as stipulated in the various continental, regional and national strategies. The importance of and necessity to structurally transform Africa through industrialization, manufacturing and value addition with the ultimate goal of creating inclusive and sustained growth


The summit requested African governments to work with African think tanks and capacity building institutions to focus on expanding on critical skills and human capacity to catalyze the industrialization process. The Executive Director further chaired a one day Policy Institute Committee conference of the African think tanks supported by the ACBF.

POLICY LEARNING EVENT ON RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
 
Ms Eugenia Kayitesi, Executive Director attended the Conference in ACCRA-Ghana from 10th to 11th April 2017 on  “policy learning event on resource mobilization and management” organized by African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET).

The main objectives of the event were to: Develop a shared understanding of the critical changing landscape in development finance and what it means for Africa; Discuss how Africa can influence upcoming meetings related to development finance; Agree on the main elements of PACT country action plans for implementing recommendations from an ACET study on external development finance management in six countries—Burkina Faso, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia;
Identify key issues on domestic resource mobilization for a follow-up multi-country study to further contribute lessons, models of best practice and recommendations to help African countries shape their transformation strategies and plans.



The event brought together over 50 experts and senior officials from key government ministries, departments and agencies, development partners, civil society organizations, academia and the media, all playing critical roles in the development finance architecture on the continent.

IPAR Team