The KIPPRA Act No. 15 of 2006, directs the Institute to develop capacity in public policy research and analysis to the Government (including universities), Civil Society and private sector stakeholders. The Institute has over time developed the capacity of graduates in public policy research and analysis. The Young Professional Programme was the first capacity building program having been started in 2003. It is a flagship capacity building program in the institute with an annual admission capacity of 10-12 learners with post graduate qualification, mainly in Economics. The program’s aim is to enhance technical competence in public policy analysis for young professionals. Recently, the institute developed an internship program targeting university graduates.

However, over the years there has been growing demand to develop capacity for public policy research mainly for undergraduate students. Previously, Economics students from universities such as the Kenyatta University (Kenyatta University Economics Association), Karatina University, Laikipia University as well as the students from Turkish Universities have visited the Institute.  Other students have been from Business, Statistics and Mathematics departments. While the requests to host these students have been predominantly demand-driven, the institute is seeking to proactively engage with students before they join the labour market.

This concept is intended to initiate the process of formalizing the KIPPRA Mentorship Program for University Students (KMPUS). The overall goal of the KMPUS is to promote the next generation leaders by providing students and young professionals the opportunity to meet with professionals in public policy to enhance their career experiences and to obtain first hand tools needed to excel in their careers.

The overall objective of the KMPUS program, is to develop capacity of the youth to understand public policy making process and tools necessary for their career development. The specific objectives are:

  • To Inform and advise students on public policy issues of interest to the government
  • To provide an information resource for students seeking career experience and tools for research and public policy
  • To develop mentorship and networking skills vital for public policy research and analysis
  • To provide a platform through which policy makers can give back to the society
  • Inform students on emerging and potential areas of policy research and analysis that will go towards contributing to their respective research.
  • Provide platforms for debate and exchange of ideas related to public policy.