KIPPRA held a validation workshop on research papers for Young Professionals, 2021-2022 cohort on 11th October 2022 in Nairobi. The validation was attended by stakeholders from National and County Governments and non-state actors including a representative from International Monetary Fund (IMF).
KIPPRA Policy Analyst, Mr Victor Mose, gave the opening remarks, welcomed the stakeholders and gave a brief introduction of the workshop.
Dr. Nancy Nafula, KIPPRA’s Ag Deputy Director- Capacity Building Department delivered welcoming speech on behalf of Executive Director, Dr Rose Ngugi. She thanked participants for honoring KIPPRA’s invitation to participate in the workshop.
Discussion papers were presented during a panel session that was moderated by KIPPRA Policy Analyst Mr. Jacob Nato, the panelists included Mr. Daniel Tallam – International Monetary Fund (Nairobi), Dr. Isaac Kemboi – Moi University, Ms. Rosemary Bowen – Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and Ms. Caroline Chore – Ministry of Trade. Four discussion papers were presented during the session.
The papers presented which were presented included covered Government External Debt and Private Investments in Kenya by Josphat Machagua and Martha Naikumi, Revealed Comparative Advantage of Kenya’s Livestock Products for AfCFTA by Robert Onyoni and Dan Basil, Firm Level Analysis of Global Value Chain Participation of Kenya by Kevin Wafula and Mohammed Abdullahi, and Analyzing the Saving Behavior of Kenyan Households via Mobile Money-A Fin Tech Innovation by Valentine Michuki. The panelists appreciated the work done by the authors and provided comments that will help them to improve on their work.
The 2021-2022 cohort joined the programme in October 2021 and will complete by 31st October 2022. Young Professional Programme is KIPPRA’s flagship programme that was been started in 2003 and oversees 20-40 graduands each year. It targets to enhance the technical competence in evidence-based policy process, build research capabilities of participants, enlighten on the scope, relationships and procedures in governance structure in both national and county level, introduce participants to economic tools of analysis and provide practical experience in the policy making process. The programme targets young persons from both public and private sector at initial stages of their career.