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Dr Mathew Muma from KIPPRA supports the assessing doctor by holding a wheelchair.

KIPPRA, in collaboration with the National Council for Persons for Disability (NCPWD), visited Kipsaina Primary School in Elgeyo Marakwet County on 17th March 2020. The visit was part of preparations for KIPPRA’s upcoming regional conference in June, which will focus on enhancing inclusivity through empowering persons with disability.

The KIPPRA team (left) fills the pupils registration forms.

During the event championed by the Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee, NCPWD doctors assessed learners for issuance of disability cards. The visit also provided useful information for a CSR event KIPPRA plans to undertake later to support learners with disability. Kipsaina Primary School integrates learners with various physical disabilities.

During the exercise, a total of 29 learners were assessed and their reports forwarded to the NCPWD office for processing of cards.

 Top and bottom: Pupils with disability being assessed.

As part of the process of producing its annual, statutory economic report, KIPPRA held a validation workshop to seek stakeholders' input to its upcoming Kenya Economic Report 2020. The validation workshop, which was held in Nairobi on March 6th 2020, saw the presentation of the following chapters of the report: Macro-economic performance and inclusivity in devolved system of government; medium-term prospects; enhancing financial inclusion for inclusive growth; contribution of agriculture to food and nutrition security and inclusive growth; enabling inclusive growth through access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources; social mobility and inclusive growth: the role of social protection; governance in inclusive growth; and partnerships for inclusive growth.

To make introductory remarks and welcome participants were KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi and the Board Chairperson Dr Linda Musumba. Representatives from various institutions gave their comments and contributions that will go a long way in sharpening and improving the document. Institutions represented were: Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development (EAC&RD), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-Governmental Relations and Technical Committee (IGRTC), Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), Kenya School of Government (KSG), Ministry of Agriculture (State Department of Livestock), Ministry of Devolution, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NGOs Coordination Board, Shipping and Maritime, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Directorate, National Treasury, Social Protection Directorate, State Department for Interior, State Department of Planning, State Department of Trade, State Department of Industrialization, State Department for Youth, Tegemeo Institute, The State Law Office and the World Bank.

In Conclusion the team was able to receive feedback and comments from the stakeholders  during the open session  and share contacts with the stakeholders as the Executive Director closed the workshop.

Mrs. Katherine  Muoki (front, 2nd from left) – Representing the Principal Secretary, State Department of Planning, KIPPRA Executive Director and Board Directors.

KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi with Nyandarua County Governor Mr Francis Kimemia.

 

KIPPRA, led by the Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, visited Nyandarua County on 3rd March 2020 and met with the Governor, Mr Francis Kimemia, county executives from various departments and other key officers.

Discussions centred around areas of collaboration, particularly where the county could benefit from KIPPRA's capacity building and research trainings in public policy formulation processes and socio-economic analysis.

The Governor noted that the county's socio-economic transformation roadmap was encapsulated in the 2018-2022 county integrated development plan, which is in its second year of implementation and KIPPRA could train in the analysis of existing socio-economic factors to ensure they inform development programmes.

It was agreed that KIPPRA could build the capacity of the county technical officers in economic research, modelling and forecasting and public policy making process.

The county also needed research and analysis on their Small and Medium Enterprises and KIPPRA offered to support through findings obtained from various recent researches on SMEs, MSMEs and the informal sector.

Nyandarua County also expressed interest in partnering with KIPPRA in its 2021 annual conference, which will focus on innovation and technology.

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KIPPRA staff with Nyandarua County Governor and his officers.

 

Group photo at the  end of the training.

 On 24th -28th February KIPPRA undertook a Public  Policy Making Process which was held at People Park Conference hall in Machakos County. It covered the Public Policy Making Process module and included the key elements on creating a public policy, role of stakeholders in public policy, participation, problem identification, agenda setting, policy design, policy implementation, policy monitoring and evaluation and relevant others.

The participants were representatives from the technical staff of Machakos County and were from various departments from the County of Machakos:They included but not limited to County ministry of Energy, Tourism, Cooperatives, Sports, education and planning. There were no participants from other counties or external members as the course was customized for Machakos County.

The Modules comprised of intensive learning sessions (lectures) by various KIPPRA Policy Analyst, group discussions, question and Answer sessions, recap sessions, case studies and problem analysis through group comparatives using group dynamics and presentations. Thus, enhancing a wholistic approach in participation.

Overall the training was received positively by the County representative members, this was depicted by the rating issued by the participants. The rating ranged between 1 and 5 from excellent to unsatisfactory and the most frequent were the top 2; excellent and good.

The Machakos County Executive Council (CEC) had initially expressed interest for the Public Policy Making Process training and deliberated with the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) for the need of a Capacity Building Initiative for the county. The training was facilitated with a bias in Public Process Making process which would enhance the capacity and capabilities of the CEC’s Machakos County. The PPMP training was intended to strengthen the participants in public policy making process, develop their skills and enhance the quality of the policies made by the county to international standards.

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Professor Sen Kunal during his presentation

The Chief Executive Officer, United Nations University Helsinki Finland (UNU-WIDER), Professor Sen Kunal, was a guest speaker at a KIPPRA policy seminar on the 27th and 28th of February 2020.  

Prof. Kunal met with the Executive Director of Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, Dr Rose Ngugi to discuss possible collaborations. He later presented a research paper on, "Transforming Informal Work and Livelihoods Wage Worker & Self Employment" to the KIPPRA staff. The presentation elicited discussions.

On the second day of his visit, Prof. Kunal trained KIPPRA staff on research methods and impact evaluation.

Prof. Kunal is a leading international expert on the political economy of growth and development. He has performed extensive research on international finance, the political economy determinants of inclusive growth, the dynamics of poverty, social exclusion, female labor force participation, and the informal sector in developing economies. His research has focused on India, East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Brief on County Business Environment for MSEs (CBEM) Dissemination Workshop in West Pokot

On 14th February 2020, the Private Sector and Development Department (PSDD) held a dissemination workshop on the flagship study on ‘Business Environment for MSEs’ across counties at Kalya Hotel, Makutano West Pokot. The focus was to disseminate the report as well as the policy brief for West Pokot County.

While presenting the findings of the study, Mr. Rodgers Musamali (Policy Analyst, PSDD) highlighted the importance of the MSE sector to the economy in terms of employment creation and income generation. To that effect, it was imperative for key issues that require policy interventions to be elucidated in order to create an enabling environment for the sector, which makes the CBEM framework important. Dr Moses Njenga (HOD, PSDD) moderated the session.

In attendance was the County Secretary Mr. John Karamunya, West Pokot who officially opened the workshop. In his remarks, he noted that the government was an enabler in terms of creating a conducive environment, West Pokot County was committed to this function. He encouraged MSEs to formalize hence pay their rightful share of taxes but also demand services from the County government. Institutions present at the forum included; MSE associations, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Micro and Small Enterprise Authority, Ortum Farmers’ Co-operative society, Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), County Government as well as National Government officers dealing with trade, and proprietors of businesses, among others.

Mr.John Karamunya County Secretary West Pokot

The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis is undertaking a training on Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting as part of its capacity building to officials from various government institutions. The five-day training started on Monday 17th of February and will end on Friday 21st of February 2020. The training takes place in Kisumu.

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A group session during the Macromodelling and Forecasting Training in Kisumu

 

 

 

On 14th February,KIPPRA Board members ,Executive Director and KIPPRA National Values Committee visited St.Francis School for the visiaully impaired in West Pokot-Kapenguria. We were able to have a comprehensive day where KIPPRA met the board members for both primary and highschool and the headteacher and principal for both schools were able to air out challenges faced at the school and share accomplishments by the students,on the day  we were able to  meet one of the students who KIPPRA sponsored for his trip to Morroco to attend a marathon which he had qualified for.

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Group Photo of the KIPPRA Board and Students after being awarded with certificates of participation

On the 13th of February 2020, the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis held the KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities at the University of Eldoret. The theme of the event was the Big Four Agenda. The One-day event saw the likes of National Youth Council, Kenya Vision 2030, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, National Cohesion and values, SME Support Centre and Youth Programs and Liaison in attendance and making presentations to the youth at the event.

 

KIPPRA marked the World Cancer Day on 4th February 2020 with a series of health awareness activities. This year's theme, I am I will, was a call for individuals to take part in the fight against cancer and for all to work towards getting a solution to eradicate the disease.

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KIPPRA's Board Chair Dr. Linda Musumba(third from left) launching the Global Go-To-Think Tank 2019 Index Report report 

 

KIPPRA got an opportunity to launch the 14th Global Go-To Think Tanks Index report on 30th January 2020. The annual report ranked KIPPRA fifth in Sub-Saharan Africa, an improvement from position six last year. The Institute also improved in the worldwide, non-US category where it was ranked 127th compared to last year’s 135th

In attendance at the launch was the KIPPRA team lead by the Board Chair Dr Linda Musumba and Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi. Partner organizations were also represented during the launch. They include: Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), The African Centre for people, Institutions and Society  (ACEPIS), KEMRI-Well Come Trust, Kenya Agriclutrual & Livestock Research (KALRO), National Commission for Science ,Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural policy and Development, The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), Horn International Institue for Strategic studies, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), International Development Research Centre(IDRC), African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) and National Crime Research Centre (NCRC).

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On the 28th of January 2020, the Executive Director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Dr. Rose Ngugi, paid a courtesy call to Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) to explore possible collaboration and partnership.

Currently, KIPPRA's focus is to inform the Big Four Agenda by undertaking research, policy analysis and capacity building projects. Given TMEA’s role in transforming trade through increased physical access to markets, enhanced trade environment and improved business competitiveness, KIPPRA would benefit from a partnership, especially in policy research and analysis relating to the manufacturing and private sector. 

Trainees at the PPMP Training in Pride Inn Mombasa

Trainees at the PPMP Training in Pride Inn Mombasa

The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis(KIPPRA) undertook a Public Policy Making Process Training(PPMP) from the 20th to the 24th of January 2020 in Pride Inn Hotel, Mombasa. The participants of the training were officials from Retirement Benefits Authority(RBA), Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority(EPRA), county officials from Samburu, Kajiado, Makueni and Kilifi. 

The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) undertook a Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting training from the 13th to the 17th of January 2020 at Kyusombunguo Hotel, Wote – Makueni County.

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