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The annual review meeting of the African Growth Initiative (AGI) took place from 10th-14th of September 2012 at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC. KIPPRA was represented by Dr Eric Aligula, Dr John Omiti and Felix Murithi.
The Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) http://www.brookings.edu/about/projects/africa-growth is a partnership that seeks to promote high quality research on Africa economic development, and project the Africa Voice in Washington DC, especially with the US government, multilateral and bilateral partners. Besides KIPPRA, other African thinks involved in the project are Economic Policy Research Centre (Uganda), Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (Senegal), Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at the University of Ghana, Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research, and Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
The meeting discussed progress made over the last one year since the project was inaugurated, and work plans for the next one year. It was agreed that during the next year, there is potential for collaborative regional research among think tanks, especially in the areas of natural resources (in view of new oil and gas discoveries in the Eastern Africa region), and in youth unemployment (a common problem in most African countries). There were also discussions on the various communication strategies that think-tanks could adopt to achieve impact.
The think tanks had opportunity to tour the US Capitol and hold meetings with some members of the US Senate Sub-committee on Africa, and also held a meeting at the US Treasury. Prof. Mwangi Kimenyi (Brookings Institution) and Dr Sarah Ssewanyana (EPRC) participated in the programme Straight Talk Africa programme at the Voice of America http://www.voanews.com/audio/audio/212318.html, where they discussed about the AGI project, and on the role of these think-tanks in Africa’s development.
During the visit, the KIPPRA team also held a meeting with the American Ambassador in Washington DC, Elkanah Odembo, and also attended a public address by Kenya’s Chief Justice, Dr Willy Mutunga, who was meeting Kenyan’s in Washington, at the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC.