December 05, 2017 - December 06, 2017

Evidence-Based Curriculum Reforms for Transformative Education


Over the last several years, researchers, government, and nonprofits in Kenya have collaborated to produce a rich body of evidence around education. Consolidating the lessons from this research and applying these to policy and practice is a major challenge for Kenya’s education sector—particularly during the ongoing national curriculum reform.

November 21, 2017

The Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) organized a one-day policy forum that focused on disseminating evidence from research studies, relevant policy lessons, and innovations in health, water and sanitation. The forum was organized within the policy framework of the national government through the Ministry of Health, Vision 2030 (Economic and Social pillars) and the health priorities of the county governments.

Nairobi ,Kenya
September 26, 2017

IPA Kenya participated in the 10th round table meeting of the Permanent Working Group (PWG) on TVET that was held at the Karen Technical Training Institute for the Deaf (KTTID). Organized under the theme of Inclusion, the meeting brought together key actors in the TVET sector including government, private sector, donors and non-state actors who are also members of the PWG.

Nairobi ,Kenya
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017

From 10—14 July, IPA together with J-PAL Africa, held a five-day training course on evaluating social programs aimed at providing a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. Some of the topics covered included benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and com- mon threats and pitfalls to the validity of experiments.

Africa Executive Education Course
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017

This page is a place where participants can find a variety of resources leading up to, during, and after the IPA/J-PAL Executive Education Course in Nairobi, Kenya. It will contain information on course logistics, the course schedule, course lectures, case studies, group exercises, and other pertinent readings.

May 24, 2017 - May 25, 2017

On May 24-25, 2017, IPA Kenya Country Director Suleiman Asman, Research Manager Peter LeFrancois, and Policy Assistant Kelvin Gichia attended the 2017 Evidence to Action Conference organized by the International Centre for Evaluation & Development (ICED).
Attendees and speakers at the Consumer Protection Research for Policymaking Workshop
May 18, 2017

Appropriate consumer protection is becoming ever more central to ensuring the financial wellbeing of the poor. Ensuring that consumers are able to select and use financial products to their best advantage is a key component of financial inclusion. Without a robust consumer protection framework, even the most educated and capable consumer is likely to have difficulty making prudent financial choices. It is vital that policies aiming to protect consumers account for lessons from behavioral economics and be subject to testing before they are nationally scaled.

January 26, 2017 - January 28, 2017

On January 26-28, 2017, IPA Kenya and The Permanent Working Group (PWG) on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) held 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.

December 01, 2016

On December 1, 2016, IPA Kenya and the Vision 2030 Secretariat hosted a Policy Forum at the Windsor Hotel and Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the forum was “Better Evidence, Better Policies, Better Lives: 10 Years of Research in the Agricultural Sector.”  The forum brought together 60 researchers, policymakers, and implementing partners. This event was one of several policy engagements that IPA Kenya and the Vision 2030 Secretariat have held over the years, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations.

November 23, 2016

On November 23, 2016, IPA Kenya participated in a stakeholders meeting for the WASH Benefits Project. IPA Kenya was represented by Suleiman Asman (Country Director), Ryan Mahoney, Betty Ojeny, John Mboya, Jared Otuke, and others. The event was attended by several stakeholders in the WASH sector, including the Director of Public Health and Sanitation, officials from county governments, KEMRI, Afya-plus, and the Safe Water and AIDS Project.

Experts in water, sanitation and hygiene at the stakeholders meeting
June 28, 2016

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.

DIME forum on improving policy with evidence
June 14, 2016

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.

Panel as the Implementation of Poverty Graduation Programs event
Suleiman Asman
April 21, 2016

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.

March 07, 2016 - March 08, 2016

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:

March 01, 2016

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.