Successful Launch of KIPPRA Mentorship Programme
The KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs) was launched at the Strathmore University on 30th August 2018. This is one of KIPPRA’s capacity development programmes aimed at revamping intellectual exchanges on public policy among policymakers and the university community.
The programme was officially launched by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Planning Dr Julius Muia. Other guests that graced the occasion included the Board Chairperson of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat Dr James Mwangi, KIPPRA Board Chairperson Dr Linda Musumba and KIPPRA Board Director Dr Phoebe Josiah. Other participants during the launch included representatives from the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Kenya School of Government, The Human Right to Food Initiative, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Ministry of Treasury and Planning and students and lecturers from 12 private and public universities within Nairobi County.
The role of public participation in the public policy process and in the achievement of Kenya’s development goals and particularly the Big Four Agenda was emphasized. The youth and academia were particularly challenged to develop innovations that can address current policy challenges facing the country and aid in the achievement of the Big Four Agenda and broader development goals of the country.
The KMPUs will play a pivotal role in sensitizing university students and lectures on government agenda and public policy process. The launch marks the beginning of a series of KMPUs forums to held in other counties. It will be followed by rolling out of the programme and student fairs to universities outside Nairobi. The dates of these activities will be communicated in due course.