KIPPRA held a two-day mentorship event at the University of Embu on 31st March and 1st April 2022. The KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs) is part of the Institute’s capacity building initiatives that aims to create awareness and develop capacity of university community in understanding the public policy making process.
The KIPPRA team was led by Board member, Dr Chris Galgallo and Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi. The university side was led by Vice Chancellor Prof Daniel Njiru. The event started with the Board Chair and Executive Director’s visit to the principal’s office followed by an MoU signing between the two institutions.
As part of the introduction at the main event, Dr Nancy Nafula, Head of Capacity Building Department, explained the importance of the KMPUs. Mr. Victor Mose from Capacity Building Department took the participants through the public policy making process in Kenya and what it entails.
Speaking at the event KIPPRA Board Director Dr Chris Galgallo said that the mentorship will help students and lecturers to contribute to the next development agenda, in her address to the participants at the event KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi noted that the mentorship programme which was launched in 2018 serves as a platform to discuss emerging policy issues that have the potential to shape future research. Prof. Njiru on his part thanked KIPPRA for choosing to hold the mentorship programme at the University and noted that the University of Embu community has greatly been impacted by the programme.
The event entailed engaging presentations on national values and principles of governance and youth-oriented discussions in relation to government opportunities to support youth innovation and entrepreneurship.
To successfully deliver the programme, KIPPRA partnered with National Youth Council, Youth Enterprise Fund, SME Support Centre and Directorate of National Cohesion and Values.
To expand the reach of the KMPUs, other institutions around the host university are invited to attend. For this event, students from Chuka University attended.
The event ended with the award of certificates to students who participated in the essay competition.