EPRN PROFILE-2020

1. Vision and Mission

The Economic Policy Research Network is a Research and Training Institution with Non-Governmental Organization status, formally registered with the Rwanda Governance Board (Registration No 403/RGB/NGO/LP/2018). Through its Five Year Strategic Plan 2019/2024, EPRN redefined its vision and mission as follows :

• Vision : “To become an international leader in economic policy research and analysis”.
• Mission : “To contribute to the evidence based economic policy making by providing high quality research, building capacity and creating networking opportunities”.

2. Our Networks

EPRN is a network of experts in socio-economic fields. Members are mostly individual researchers & analysts ; and institutions. EPRN has working relationships with University of Rwanda, University of Kigali, Mount Kenya University, Kiel University(Germany), etc. EPRN also has working relationships with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Finance, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, National Bank of Rwanda, the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda and the Rwanda Management Institute ; to research on policy issues, organise policy debates and conduct capacity building sessions. EPRN also has working collaborations with regional and overseas institutions like the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

To join our Network, you need to pay membership fees :

Annual membership fees for individual members : 50,000Rwf for national experts ; and 100,000Rwf for international experts
Undergraduate students pay 5000Rwf a year, whereas post-graduate students pay 20,000 Rwf. Fresh graduates keep paying the same fees as enrolled students for a period of one year after graduation.
Annual Membership Fees for Corporate members : Development Partners, INGOs, Ministries and Government agencies pay 2 Million Rwf. Other Institutions like Universities, CSOs/NGOs, Private Companies pay 1 Million Rwf.

Key Membership Benefits are :

(a) Networking with other experts, (b) professional trainings at a discounted rate, (c) free online training, (d) research facilitation (mentorship and presentations), (e) institutions have access to a wide audience for studies’ reports dissemination through policy debates and conferences, (f) institutions have easy access to resource persons/experts, (g) easy flow of information through a wide network of experts, etc…

3. Our services

EPRN Rwanda offers customized professional support and solutions to public and private institutions in form of research services, organization development, organization capacity assessments, strategic planning, project evaluations, financial management, change management and organization re-engineering. Our services also include trainings, coaching, mentoring and advisory services in policy reviews and formulation guidance in different sectors. EPRN has competent experts to undertake commissioned assignments in diversified sectors that include evaluations with documentation of best practices and lessons learnt, surveys and assessments, organization capacity development, socio-economic development, trade and industrial development, agriculture and agri-business development, product development and design, disaster risk reduction, gender equality, inclusiveness and citizen participation and Knowledge management (including management of large data sets).

EPRN operates with consultants and associates (drawn from our members) to deliver commissioned work from both public and private sectors. Currently EPRN counts up to 1,600 members and affiliates with high level qualifications in various disciplines. EPRN has a well-established infrastructure capacity with a fully equipped office. EPRN also has a rich resource centre, conference facility for training, library and incubation centre, based at the University of Rwanda (CBE Gikondo Campus).

4. Our Technical Capabilities

EPRN has a multi-disciplinary team of professional experts that include ; Monitoring and evaluation product development and innovations, financial-economists, socio-economists, gender experts, agricultural-economists, institutional Strategists, logisticians and operational research gurus, agribusiness experts, public finance specialists and disaster/emergency management specialists among others with vast hands on experience in documenting qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis and reporting. EPRN also has a pool of enumerators and research assistants and they use modern data collection techniques (face-to-face and online data collections). The teams also present vast experience in documentation of best practices, success stories and lessons learnt.

EPRN strength lies in its ability to provide cutting edge research methodologies based on participatory approaches with entrenched ethical culture that is the use of sound techniques to identify and assess issues of critical relevance to our clients ensuring that we deliver value for money to any engagements we are entrusted with. EPRN is dedicated to professionalism and quality while focusing on client satisfaction’s as a priority. Our experts have extensive analytical skills and capability to undertake documentation research on humanitarian and Development issues.

In terms of capacity building initiatives, EPRN specialises in preparing and delivering professional training in the following fields : Strategic planning and management (Developing a business mindset, Business plan development,…), Policy formulation and analysis, Data management, Gender related courses, Operational management (Marketing and branding, Supply chain management, Risk management and control,…), Financial management (Accounting, Tax related course, Investor readiness / loan application, …) ; and Statistical software like STATA, E-Views, R, Python, Mat-lab, SPP and MS Project Management.

5. Our quality assurance system

EPRN has a research and consultancy policy committee that provides guidance and framework for research and consultancy. The committee oversees efficient and effective delivery of assignment to clients. EPRN has standard operating procedures and internal controls on service delivery to clients.

6. Description of our relevant experiences

EPRN conducted the following key assignments among other experiences of the organization.

6.1 Research experience

Name and contact of the Client Description of assignment Period of Assignment
Betty MUTESI,

Country Director
International Alert Rwanda
E-mail : Rwanda@international-alert.org

Analysis of community- based practices to address food security shocks : A case study in 7 targeted districts 2020
Nina Harder,

Programme Coordinator,
Oxfam Germany Programme,
Email : nharder@oxfam.de

End of Project evaluation of “Strengthening of Climate Resilience & Food Security of Smallholders in Nyagatare, Nyamagabe & Muhanga Districts, Rwanda” for Duterimbere ONG. 2020
Mr. Shoichi Iwata,

Sub-chief Advisor of the Project for JICA ICT Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening
Japan International Cooperation Agency
P.O. Box 6878 Kacyiru, Kigali-Rwanda
Tel : +250 (0) 788301731/32/23

Consultancy services in Policy Analysis and Formulation with a focus on Research and Data Analysis to support staff of the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication and Innovation 2020
Immaculee Mukampabuka,

Head of Program
Oxfam Rwanda Country Office
Tel.+250 252 501057 ;
Mobile :+250-788410998
Email : imukampabuka@oxfam.org.uk

Endline Evaluation of Oxfam in Rwanda Five Year Strategy (2015 – 2020). 2019
Mugarura Jean Baptiste,

National Director
Youth for Christ/Rwanda
Email : yfcrwansa@gmail.com
Tel : +250725383083

Training of staff of the YFC/Rwanda in Project Management for Donor funded projects 2018
Dr Jan Misch,

Program advisor, GIZ Rwanda
GIZ-MIP Program
Tel : +250784446543
Kigali-Rwanda

Consultancy on conducting analysis of EICV4 for income distribution module, for GIZ program ‘macroeconomic advice for poverty reduction’. 2019
Lauric NGOUEMBE,

Inspection Générale des Finances
Ministre des Finances et du Budget
Email : contact@finances.gouv.cg
BP : 2083 Brazzaville-Congo

Professional Training to a team of six experts from the Ministry of Finance and Budget of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville attended a professional training about “Financial Programming : Methods and Application”. 2019
Prof Kigabo Thomas,

BNR and MINECOFIN through GIZ
Chief Economist, Rwanda Central Bank.
Tel : 0250788303633
e-mail : tkigabo@bnr.rw

Consultancy on conducting studies about Rwanda’s Financial Sector and Capital Market as a source of Finance for Economic Growth. 2018
Hande Güneykaya Akpınar,

Project Manager
EQUINOCIO SL, under European Union contract, Calle Núñez de Balboa, 114 – 3º ofic. 19.
28006 Madrid (España).
E-mail : hakpinar@equinoccio.eu
Mobile : +90-5336836866

Satisfaction survey on cross border trade at Rusizi II (Rwanda) and Bukavu (DRC)

Time survey on cross border trade at Rusizi II (Rwanda) and Bukavu (DRC)

Traffic survey on cross border trade at Rusizi II (Rwanda) and Bukavu (DRC)

Traffic survey on cross border trade at Rusizi II (Rwanda) and Bukavu (DRC)

2018

6.2 Training experience

Name and contact of the Client Description of assignment Period of Assignment
Amina Rwakunda,

Chief Economist,
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning,
Email : aminaa.rwakunda@minecofin.gov.rw

Training of staff in NDPR and CE offices in Cost benefit analysis, use of STATA and E-Views and Advanced M&E 2019
Theophile Nzabahimana,

Country Director
The Gallagher Trust/Tubiteho
Te:078350260

Training in Management of Donor-funded projects (project design including Business plan development, project implementation, project monitoring and evaluation and reporting) 2018-2019
Mugarura Jean Baptiste,

National Director
Youth for Christ (YFC)/Rwanda
E-mail : yfcrwanda@gmail.com
TeL 0725383083

- Project design
-  Management of donor-fined projects
-  Business plan development
-  Fundraising
2019
Dr Jan Miksch,

Program advisor, GIZ Rwanda
GIZ-MIP Program
Tel : +250784446543
Kigali-Rwanda

Needs assessment of the capacity building gaps at individual and institutional level in Rwanda 2016
Dr Jan Miksch,

Program advisor, GIZ Rwanda
GIZ-MIP Program
Tel : +250784446543
Kigali-Rwanda

Facilitating of Training to Young Economists Program (YEP) under financing of the GIZ Rwanda. Trained courses included : data analysis, cost benefit analysis, feasibility studies, financial modeling, etc 2018,2019,2020
Malie Paul,

Directeur Des Etudes Et De La Planification
Ministère des Finances et du Budget
E-mail : paulmalie01@gmail.com

From 26th February 2019 to 05th March 2019, a team of six experts from the Ministry of Finance and Budget of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville attended a professional training about “Financial Programming : Methods and Application”. 2019
Oliver Dalichau,

Resident Representative
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Rwanda
Mbl. : +250 784 842 824
E-Mail : oliver.dalichau@fes-rwanda.org

Training of Journalists reporting on Business related news about regional integration, Trade, international economics, etc. 2019