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KIPPRA had the privilege of hosting 30 senior students and two teachers from the St. Austin’s Academy, Nairobi on 4 November, 2015. The students wanted to know what KIPPRA does and the subject combinations they needed to excel in to stand a chance of pursuing a career in public policy research.
The team was received by Prof. Joseph Kieyah, KIPPRA’s acting programmes coordinator, who later gave a detailed presentation on the institute’s mandate, its capacity building role, structure, stakeholders and partners as well as the functions of each division. He also highlighted some of the ways the institute interacts with its stakeholders, including through policy taskforces and working groups; dissemination seminars and workshops; roundtable discussions and the secondment of government officers to the institute.
The presentation was followed by an interactive session where the students asked a variety of questions, including KIPPRA’s role in the implementation of policies, Kenya’s economy and whether it was all gloom and doom as well as the significance of President Obama’s visit to Kenya.
Prof. Kieyah explained that after conducting an objective research and analysis on various issues affecting the economy, KIPPRA uses its findings to advise policymakers in the country. This, therefore, means that once the research findings are disseminated, it is up to the policymakers and stakeholders to adopt what is relevant to their particular need.
While acknowledging the challenges the country is currently facing, Prof. Kieyah said Kenya also had many success stories. To illustrate the marked progress Kenya had made in the last few years, Prof. Kieyah said after his more than two-decade stay in the US, he came back home to find a totally different country with good roads and massive development, especially in real estate. Other examples he used to illustrate Kenya’s success are: Lupita Nyong’o’s win of the Oscar, Obama’s recent visit to the country, the Mpesa innovation and the continued shining of Kenya’s athletes in the Diaspora.
The session ended with Prof. Kieyah making a case for the pursuit and excellence in mathematics. According him, math forms the basis for logical thinking; that to excel in any career, a grasp of the subject was paramount.
Before the students and teachers were served with refreshments and snacks, Anne Gitonga, a policy analyst in the Private Sector Development Division made a brief presentation on the harmful effects of HIV and Aids to Kenya’s economy. The students were, therefore, urged to be safe to avoid infection. The group later posed for a photo.