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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Analysis (KIPPRA) – Kenya

KIPPRA was established with the broad objective to develop human and institutional capacities for policy analysis and research, economic forecasting and formulation of medium and long term perspectives for economic and social development of Kenya. ACBF has supported KIPPRA from its establishment and is currently in Phase III of ACBF support running from April 2011 up to June 2017.  

With the support of ACBF, Government of Kenya and its other donors since its establishment, KIPPRA has become a well-established and respected public policy research institute in Kenya. The Institute has not only become a major player in the country’s public policy arena but has had impact in the region. Moreover, KIPPRA has strengthened its long term sustainability by building a strong brand name and reputation; attracting more funds for research and new donors; consolidating its legal status through the KIPPRA Act No. 15 of 2006; strengthening governance structures and embarking on the process of developing a campus. 

The goal of ACBF-supported Phase III is to support Government of Kenya’s efforts in policy analysis and formulation towards national economic development. The main premises that led to the identification and development of previous phases of KIPPRA project remain valid.

ACBF has supported KIPPRA since it started operations in June 1999. The first phase of ACBF support saw KIPPRA get on its feet and find a niche in the public policy process in Kenya. The second phase support had the impact of strengthening the capacity of KIPPRA and enabling the Institute to entrench itself in Kenya’s public policy process. The ongoing phase III intervention is enabling the Institute to consolidate support to the stakeholders and to attain long-term sustainability required for the achievement of its mandate.

Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) Rwanda :

The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) Rwanda is an independent think tank organization established in May 2008. As one of the partners in Rwanda benefiting from the Multi-Sector Capacity Building Program with support from ACBF, IPAR has now become one of the few think tanks known in Rwanda and the only independent institution involved in policy analysis and research and capacity building. The support of ACBF enabled IPAR to build capacity in many ways: in response to a growing demand for its services, the growth in scope and wider client base as the only independent think tank as well as the critical role IPAR can play in the context of Rwanda’s economic development.

ACBF is currently supporting IPAR for the period June 2012 up to June 2017. The project goal is to contribute to improved economic performance of Rwanda in achieving the development objectives defined in the Vision 2020 of the country. The project objectives are (i) to enhance the human and institutional capacity of IPAR for conducting relevant research studies to inform policy making processes and (ii) to improve capabilities of state and non-state actors in policy analysis and management. The project components are: (i) Strengthening Capacity for Research, focused on building the research capacity of IPAR; (ii) Enhancing Capacity for Public Dialogue and (iii) Human Capacity Building to enhance capacity building of IPAR and other think tanks.

Capacity Building Project for the Mauritanian Center for Policy Analysis (CMAP):

The Mauritanian Center for Policy Analysis or Centre Mauritaniend’Analyse de Politiques was established jointly by the Mauritanian government and ACBF in 2002 in response to demands for institutional and human capacity building needs in Mauritania.  The project goal is to improve the resilience of the Mauritanian economy to internal and external shocks in delivering development results under its third Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).

The specific objectives are to: Enhance the analytical knowledge of the Centre Mauritaniend’Analyse de Politiques(CMAP) in addressing emerging issues identified as key development priorities in Mauritania; Improve agricultural policy environment for sustained productivity; Strengthen the managerial capabilities in the public administration for effective and efficient implementation of public policies and programs; and Enhance youth employment, policy analysis and management.

Policy Research Centre for Development (CEPOD III) Senegal :

The goal of CEPOD III is to contribute to improve Senegal economic performance in the context of programming and results-based budgeting. The specific objectives of the third phase of CEPOD are as follows:  (i) Strengthen strategic planning chain; (ii) Strengthen institutional and human capacity of non-State Actors; and (iii) Strengthen institutional and human capacity of CEPOD. Three main strategies will be used to implement the project: (i) undertake studies and research; (ii) strengthen human and institutional capacity and (ii) promote policy dialogue.

The project is expected to achieve the following outcomes: (i) Improved coordination of the strategic planning in the public administration in Senegal; (ii) Strengthened policy dialogue between public sector and non-state actors; (iii) Improved quality of CEPOD policy research and advise services.

Institute for Democratic Governance Capacity Building Project (IDEG – CAP II)

IDEGCAP’s overall goal is to contribute to sustained interface between the state and non-state actors in order to promote sustainable development in Ghana. The specific objectives are to: (i) increase IDEG’s institutional capacity to enable it continue championing sustainable interface between the State and Non-State Actors; (ii) consolidate formal interface between state and non-state actors; (iii) enhance policy and research analysis for informed Non-State Actors advocacy and lobbying efforts; and (iv) enhance the development of the interface capacities of both state and non-state actors.

IDEGCAP II has four project components: (i) institutional support; (ii) interface frameworks and platforms; (iii) policy research, publications and dissemination; and (iv) interface capacity building The key outcomes of the project include: improved institutional systems and procedures to facilitate engagement with the state and other stakeholders; improved and responsive public policies and legal and regulatory framework for civil society organisations’ engagement; formalized interface platforms established with Ministries, Departments and Agencies that are functional; availability of expertise across the broad range of stakeholders that offer policy options that governments accept and harmonizes with public policy; creation of a pool of high quality and reputable organizations in stakeholder engagement and policy dialogue; and improved quality of strategies and gender sensitive policies advocated.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana