Capacity Building for Policy Influencing in Rwanda

  • Status:
  • Complete
  • Programme:
  • Policy Influencing Think Tank Support
  • Funder:
  • African Development Bank
  • Partner:
  • IPAR-Rwanda
  • Years:
  • 2011-2012
  • Key Policy Areas:
  • AgricultureEducationPrivate sector growthSocial protection and poverty
  • Type of Support:
  • Policy Influencing Support

Kivu established and implemented 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). The programme provided capacity building support on policy influencing in a tightly controlled political context. The support provided included mentoring-based advice to develop politically informed and policy-relevant research projects which respond to policy makers’ demands. It also included advice on advocacy, including effective private communication and appropriate public advocacy. Kivu used a ‘learning through doing’ approach to local capacity building, providing support through ongoing IPAR projects. These included issues such as basic education funding, micro-enterprises and jobs creation, tax incentives and FDI, and civic participation and governance.

Key Impacts:
  • Advice provided ensured increased impact on topical policy issues at the time: FDI and tax incentives, basic education policy, and governance reforms
  • Strong relationship and effective improvements with the local partner
  • Strong Kivu understanding of the political economy and country context in Rwanda