KIPPRA organized a two-day KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs) event from 18th to 19th February 2021 at Kisii University Main Campus. The event aimed at sensitizing students on Kenya’s development agenda and the public policy making process. Moreover, the programme is also meant to support researchers in universities to prioritize their research so that they can contribute to emerging policy issues.
The students were briefed on a range of issues touching on government opportunities for youth empowerment, policy research issues in the Big Four agenda and national values and principles of governance.
Students who had participated in writing assays on the Big Four agenda demonstrated their understanding of the four pillars of the agenda – food security and nutrition, affordable universal health care, affordable housing, and enhanced manufacturing – through a discussion panel.
The event graced by KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, KIPPRA Board Member Ms Rose Rono and Kisii University Vice-Chancellor Prof. John Akama
KIPRPA partnered with various institutions to deliver the mentership programme. They are: the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, Youth Development Fund, Directorate of National Cohesion and Values, National Youth Council, SME Support Centre, and Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB). The KMPUs has so far been convened in eight universities and aims to reach more in future.
Speaking at the event, KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi reiterated the importance of university research in the achievement of the national development goals. Kisii University Vice-Chancellor Prof John Akama on his part emphasized the importance of incorporating research and evidence in development.
The Institute also signed a memorandum of understanding with Kisii University to promote collaboration and partnership between the two institutions. The event was concluded with the awarding of students who participated in essay writing on the Big Four agenda.