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 a 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 and analysts ; and institutions.

EPRN has working relationships with Universities like University of Rwanda, University of Kigali, Mount Kenya University, Kiel University in Germany, etc. ; Government institutions like 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, etc. ; and Development partners like the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, etc. to research on policy issues, conduct capacity building activities and organise policy debates.

EPRN is a Network organisation/membership-based organisation :

Annual membership fees for individual members : 50,000Rwf for national experts ; and 100,000Rwf for international experts
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 : Networking with other experts, professional trainings at a discounted rate, free online training, research facilitation (mentorship and publication), Study dissemination through policy debates and conferences, linkage to resource parsons/experts, 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, social inclusion, change management and organization re-engineering, trainings, coaching, mentoring and advisory services in policy reviews and formulation guidance in different sectors. EPRN has competent experts to undertake 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 to deliver commissioned work from both public and private sectors. The key consultants are drawn from the EPRN membership of more than 1,600 members and affiliates with high level qualifications in respective disciplines. EPRN has a well-established infrastructure capacity with a fully equipped office with a resource centre, conference facility for training, library and incubation centre, based at the University of Rwanda (School of Business and Finance - SFB).

4. Our Technical Capabilities

EPRN leverages its strengths in Research and publication throughout its national network chapters. This enables the EPRN to understand local context of programmes in terms of business, governance, livelihoods, humanitarian affairs, gender and justice, programme design, development and implementation. EPRN offers major research and consulting services with commitment. EPRN entry point to development starts with initial indulgence and understanding of unique challenges of managing development interventions.

EPRN has a multi-disciplinary team of professional experts that include ; Monitoring and evaluation experts, product development and innovations experts, 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 experiences in documenting qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis and reporting. The teams also present vast experience in documentation of best practices, success stories and lessons learnt.

In terms of research, EPRN experts specialize in researching on different thematic issues, organization development, socio-economic analysis, gender mainstreaming, household and beneficiary surveys, cost analysis and participatory approaches and ; outcome and impact surveys for various sectors. 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, SPSS 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 is supervised by a quality assurance board that 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
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
Thephle 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