On January 26-28, 2017, IPA Kenya and The Permanent Working Group (PWG) on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will hold a National TVET Conference and Skills Show at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, in Nairobi, Kenya. The Permanent Working Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a platform of engagement that was created to incorporate government, the private sector, academia, NGOs, and development partners to jointly oversee the efforts of the sustainable transformation of Kenya’s vocational training system.
On December 1, 2016, IPA Kenya and the Kenya Vision 2030 Secretariat will hold a policy forum at the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum aims to disseminate research findings that will inform policy formulation and execution within the agriculture sector.
Innovations for Poverty Action organized a Stakeholders’ forum focusing on sharing learnings from the Soapy Water Handwashing Stations pilot study. The forum was organized within IPA’s strategic objective to organically inform policy and programming with rigorous research findings.
How can we use evidence more effectively to inform and improve government policies and programs?
IPA Kenya attended the Development Impact Evaluation division (DIME)’s forum on Using Evidence to Improve Policy and Program Designs in Nairobi, and presented IPA evaluations in the energy and sanitation sectors that focused on maximizing large-scale infrastructure investments.
Despite the global progress made in reducing the number of people living in poverty, more than 1.3 billion people around the world still live in extreme poverty. According to the World Bank’s Global Monitoring Report, extreme poverty rates have actually increased in Sub-Saharan Africa. The percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day in sub-Saharan Africa (41%) is more than twice as high as any other region (such as Southern Asia, with 17%) and the region continues to lag behind in meeting the global commitment on poverty reduction.
Both Innovations for Poverty Action and CEGA aim to support high quality, transparent, reproducible research. The research support staff at both organizations are typically tasked with preparing data and code for publication. However, key steps for preparing data and code take place as early as the study design phase as well as in the data collection process.
We have several objectives for this workshop:
On March 1st, IPA and PATH organized a Handwashing Innovation Summit bringing together two dozen participants including representatives of many organizations working on handwashing technologies such as the Water and Sanitation Project, Safe Water and Aids project, Kenya Water for Health organization and PATH. The discussion focused on existing evidence on waste water collection and use of hand sanitizer as opposed to soap and water. There was interest to develop good engagement structures with the county and national governments in order to scale up proved handwashing technologies.
On February 2, IPA Kenya and The Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat organized a policy forum that brought together researchers, policymakers, and implementing partners to discuss what works in improving youth employment and entrepreneurship. The event highlighted recent research in Kenya aimed at improving youth and women’s employment through training programs, startup capital, and cash grants.
There is building momentum for evidence-based planning, implementation, and decision making in government. Nowhere is the need greater than in Kenya’s education sector.
Innovations for Poverty Action organized a Policy Forum focusing on sharing learnings on water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in Kenya. The forum was organized within the framework of the Ministry of Health strategies to organically inform policy and decision makers with research findings.
FSD Kenya was proud to host the inaugural FSD Kenya annual lecture on financial inclusion. On Tuesday November 17th from 6pm to 7pm there was a presentation by Dr Tavneet Suri, a Kenyan development economist and associate professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. The lecture was based on Dr Suri's research into the usage and impact of M-Pesa and other financial instruments in Kenya.
The Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat and Innovations for Poverty Action organized a Policy Forum focusing on research dissemination on improving learning achievements in Kenya. The forum was organized within the framework of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology strategies to organically inform policy and decision makers with research findings.
This year's event has a theme of "Using Evaluations for Decision Making Towards Sustainable Development". It aims to provide a platform to policy makers and development practitioners to learn, share experiences and knowledge on emerging monitoring and evaluation (M&E) concerns. It also provides participants with an opportunity to reflect on achievements, opportunities and challenges facing M&E implementation and lessons learnt, for sustainable development.
Francis Meyo, Policy Coordinator for IPA Kenya, will be presenting on the Rural Electric Power Project (REPP) and how that informs the Kenyan Government’s Last Mile Connectivity Project to a gathering of major East African utilities providers and the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The goal of the event is to hear from industry leaders and decision-makers to source innovative solutions to energy supply problems in Eastern Africa. Attendees will include government representatives, large power users, investors, and regulators.
IPA Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kenyan Government’s Vision 2030 Program. Vision 2030 is an initiative of the Kenyan government that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country by 2030 through economic, social, and political development.