KIPPRA, in collaboration with Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), hosted a policy seminar as part of the Institute’s mentorship programme series. The KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs) event, which took place at the main campus of the university in Bondo, Siaya County, on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2021, was the tenth KMPUs event since its inception in 2017.
The overarching goal of the KMPUs is to create synergy between policymakers and academia through partnerships and networks by educating the university community about the government’s public policy initiatives. The programme further aims to: Develop students’ skills; create a forum for policy debate; provide a platform to discuss emerging policy issues that have the potential to shape research and analysis activity; and shape research and analysis initiatives by nurturing and strengthening the skills of students aspiring to build a career in the public policy process. Additionally, the programme provides a platform for collaboration with universities to enhance public policy capacity building, research and analysis.
The event witnessed a big turnout (approximately 500 participants) of the university community who got enlightened on policies the government is implementing in pursuit of the development agenda. In attendance also were seasoned speakers invited to highlight various opportunities available in both public and private sectors from different institutions, namely: SME Support Centre, Youth Enterprise Development Fund-YEDF, Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) National Youth Council-NYC and Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat. The Directorate of National Cohesion and Values, through its presentation, facilitated awareness creation of the country’s values and principles as enshrined in the constitution.