Kivu International has significant experience of supporting institutions in low and middle income countries to influence policy and inform debate. This includes:
Supporting local research organisations’ influence on economic policy
We are currently working with a group of Zambian economic think tanks and research institutes on a wide range of high profile policy issues. We provide strategic and tailored advice to each organisation’s needs. Priorities include strengthening policy development capacity and supporting approaches to policy influencing. Kivu’s work in Zambia began in 2014 under the DFID-funded Zambian Economic Advocacy Programme. In 2016, we were asked to design and lead the delivery of the economic policy influencing component of the DFID-funded British Council Zambian Accountability Programme, which runs until Spring 2019.
We are working with DFID-Zambia to help them embed a culture of ‘thinking and working politically’. Through a package of tailored advice and on-going mentoring, we are supporting DFID-Zambia staff to improve the way they think about political change.
Strengthening a local think tank
In 2011, we established and ran an 18-month partnership between the Institute for Policy Analysis and Research in Rwanda (IPAR-Rwanda) and the UK think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). We provided peer-to-peer support and mentoring in areas where IPAR-Rwanda wanted to strengthen its capabilities. First, we supported their staff on both carrying out policy-relevant research. Then we helped them to improve the communication and dissemination of their findings.
Supporting economic think tanks
In 2015 and 2016, we provided advice and support for economic policy-focused think tanks in Harare for 18 months. This included advice on how to inform and improve economic policy debate in a challenging political context, for example through the production of a high-profile compendium of economic data.
Reviewing policy influence and governance programmes
In 2016, we conducted a review of DFID Malawi’s accountability programming, supporting the development of a business case for major new governance programme.
India, Bangladesh and Nepal
Strengthening a network of south Asian think tanks
We are providing advice to a network of south Asian think tanks across a range of core think tank functions. Our work will focus on improving research quality, communication and dissemination skills, as well as approaches to policy influencing. This project will run for two years and is funded by the Think Tank Initiative.