May 2017



IPAR-Rwanda has contributed to the analysis of the link between groundwater access and poverty in sub Saharan Africa. This research was part of the UPGro – unlocking the potential of Groundwater for the poor – programme, supported by UKaid, NERC and the ESRC – Economic & Social Research Council. The aim of the project was to identify which type of water sources are used by citizens and whether access to improved groundwater affects poverty. Findings from a new household panel dataset analysis in Rwanda show a significant reduction in the proportion of people in both extreme poverty and ‘moderate’ poverty (referenced to national poverty lines). The overall proportion of sampled households with an improved water source did not change over the period. Those below the poverty line are more likely to use unprotected wells (68% more), protected springs (34% more), unprotected springs (48% more) and surface water (45% more). The ‘moderately’ poor and extremely poor tend to live further from their water source than the non-poor (41% further away), and they spend less on the services of water vendors (39 % of non-poor expenditures). This preliminary analysis has shed light on a research question that has so far received almost no attention in the academic or the grey literature in Rwanda, and opens the door for future research.



As part of its contribution to further inform policy and decision-making, IPAR-Rwanda organized a dinner on 19th May, 2017 at Radisson Blu Hotel. This dinner brought together staff and board members from the Institute with policy makers, government and ministries representative to better inform on what IPAR-Rwanda has been doing during the last seven years, on what it is capable of, and on its future projects which are of major interest for Rwanda’s development.

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The Dinner refers to the new strategy of IPAR, which asserts the willingness to reach another step in its development. IPAR’s main objective is to further inform government agencies for the design and evaluation of evidence based policies. More especially, IPAR has now strengthened its capacity in quantitative research, a domain of growing interest for policy makers. IPAR presented its strengthened expertize in this domain.

Mr. Gasamagera Wellars (Chairman IPAR’s BoD)


“IPAR dinner 2017”, aimed at presenting IPAR’s and its past references and future projects, as well as its team, to an audience made of past, current and future partners. In this event IPAR informed the audience about the professionalism of IPAR and how IPAR could fill knowledge gaps in their domain of interest.


Ms Eugenia Kayitesi (Executive Director)


IPAR Staff and Stakeholders at the dinner 




Two IPAR’s staff BAGUMA Anthony and MUGISHA Rogers attended and participated in a Summer school at Thünen Institute of Market Analysis in Germany along with other participants from Africa and Europe. They trained in AGMEMOD (AGriculture MEmber states MODelling) and adopted the model to some of Rwandan Agriculture products. The Summer School was hosted jointly by AGMEMOD (Agricultural Member States Modelling) consortium, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the Thünen Institute. The main objective of the summer school was to get an updated version of the AGMEMOD model for Rwanda at the end of the Summer School including selected agricultural policies for crop markets.


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AGMEMOD is a multi-product partial equilibrium model the EU deploys to analyse agricultural commodity markets. It is a Model Based Policy Analysis and Advisory Work with an objective to provide; a prompt, independent, scientifically based, long term and future oriented policy advice.

Thünen Institute of Market Analysis operate by identifying political needs, developing negotiating position, simulating Impacts of policy changes and designing policy measures to support evidence based decision making of politicians, administration and society .

Due to the fact that Thünen Institute of Market Analysis is in a process to adopt the model to African countries and Rwanda being in prime areas for the start, IPAR was chosen to house the model. It was agreed that IPAR-Rwanda and Thünen Institute of Market Analysis enter into collaboration therefore a Memorandum of Understanding to work together using the policy analysis tool will be signed.


Ms Eugenia Kayitesi, Executive Director of IPAR attended the  Africa portal advisory board meeting  organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and  the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CICI) on 16th May 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Africa Portal is a joint initiative between the CIGI in Canada, and SAIIA in south Africa to provide an open access online resource that seeks to broaden the usage, accessibility and availability of policy research on critical Africa issues started in 2010.

Africa portal advisory board members also participated in the launch of new Africa portal named the Portal’s next frontier. This new platform would be framed in the context of the changes that have taken place in Africa and the world.