KIPPRA-University of Pennsylvania Symposium
KIPPRA, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, hosted a Symposium on Wednesday 11th June 2018 at the KIPPRA offices in Bishop Garden Towers, Nairobi.
As part of the Kenya leg, the University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Lauder Institute African Summer Immersion Programme, brought in six students currently enrolled in the dual degree Master of Arts, International Studies (Lauder Institute) and MBA Wharton Business School. The aim of the symposium was to expose the students to leading policy experts in Kenya and network with Masters students from Kenyan Universities.
This is part of KIPPRA’s capacity development programme, KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs) that aims to build synergies between policymakers and academia at the national and international levels through partnerships and networks. The KMPUs programme will be launched collaboratively with the Strathmore University in August 2018, and is expected to provide a platform for policy exchanges between policy makers and the university community.
The visiting team got to learn more about KIPPRA’s mandate through Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, who explained the Institute’s role in in providing policy and research solutions for the government and the private sector.
Dr Naomi Mathenge of Macroeconomics Department gave an insightful presentation on macroeconomic policy frameworks for Kenya’s structural transformation. She noted that despite shocks such as drought and a long electioneering period, Kenya’s economy remained resilient, supported by a stable macroeconomic framework. This, according to Dr Mathenge, was evidenced by the current economic recovery.
The last discussion of the half-day symposium was guided by a presentation by Dr Alfred Ong’era from the Governance Department who explained the role of leadership, governance and institutions in fostering development, empowerment and participation in Kenya. Dr Ong’era highlighted the political as well institutional transformation since independence, pointing out the many strides Kenya had made in establishing important institutions to guide the development agenda.
The visitors also shared their governance and policy experiences from various countries in Africa and abroad. Each of the presentations were followed by questions and answers, as well as insightful comments from scholars such as Dr Mary Kinyanjui and Prof. Joseph Kieyah, who was a lecturer at University of Pennsylvania a few years ago.
Mr Alex Otieno, Director of Lauder Institute’s Africa Summer Immersion Programme, University of Pennsylvania thanked KIPPRA, saying the discussions had enabled the visiting students learn a lot about the policy landscape in Kenya.