On June 9, 2020, the Financial Inclusion Program at IPA convened a global network of more than 60 researchers working on consumer protection and digital finance issues for the Launch Meeting of the Consumer Protection Research Initiative. This virtual meeting featured presentations by Initiative leadership Xavier Giné of the World Bank and Rafe Mazer of Innovations for Poverty Action, researcher presentations by Dani Madrid-Morales (University of Houston), Matthew Bird (Universidad del Pacifico) and Paolina Medina (Texas A&M), and moderated discussion...
The Novartis Access Program conducted workshops at the county level aimed at sharing the preliminary study results with the county health officials and to engage them in discussions that facilitated the interpretation and contextualization of the study findings. These workshops targeted eight counties of Kenya where the study was conducted i.e. Kakamega, Samburu, Kwale, Nyeri, Embu, Narok, West Pokot, and Makueni, and culminated into the main study results dissemination event to be held in late April.
Times and location of each of the meetings are listed below:
From November 27-29, 2019, Education Evidence for Action (EE4A), a coalition of civil society organizations, academics, and government officials under the Ministry of Education (MOE), will host its biannual policy conference in Machakos, Kenya. EE4A has previously organized two policy conferences in 2015 and 2017, and its third conference in 2019 will serve as a proactive strategy to link education evidence to policy and action.
The 2019 EE4A conference aims to:
On July 23, IPA Kenya facilitated a policy opportunity matchmaking workshop as part of the 8th Annual EASST Summit. The workshop was attended by EASST fellows, NIERA alumni, CEGA affiliates, partner organizations, and Kenya government officials. The objective of this workshop was to provide a platform for these groups to connect and start new scale-up and impact evaluation consulting opportunities that will be partially funded by EASST through its “Policy Engagement Grant” program. The session focused on four sectors: education, health, agriculture, and financial inclusion.
CEGA's EASST Collaborative hosted its 8th annual summit in Nairobi, Kenya on July 22-23, 2019 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel. The Summit showcased locally generated research alongside the research of U.S.
From April 16-19, IPA participated in a Data Validation Workshop organized by Kenya's National Commission for Science, Technology, and Innovation (NACOSTI), the government agency mandated to regulate and assure quality in the science, technology and innovation sectors. Under the theme of “Effective Reporting for Quality Research and Development in Kenya," the workshop focused on implementing a research annual reporting template for Kenya's registered research institutions.
The private sector is an important part of the health system in Kenya, with over half of all health facilities being privately owned. Vision2030 and the “Big Four Agenda” recognize that achieving UHC will require coordinated efforts by all stakeholders across multiple sectors, and specifically recognize the importance of engaging the private sector given its important role in healthcare.
On March 1, IPA presented findings of an ongoing study titled "Quality of Family Planning Service Delivery in Western Kenya" at a workshop in Kisumu, Kenya. The purpose of the event was to:
On June 26 in Nairobi and June 28 in Kisumu, IPA Kenya and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) disseminated results from an evaluation of the benefits of water quality, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions on maternal and child health.
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.
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.