EPRN PROFILE-2020

1. Vision and Mission

The Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) is a Research and Training Institution formally registered in 2018. EPRN is a Non-Governmental Organization registered with the Rwanda Governance Board (Registration No 403/RGB/NGO/LP/2018).

• 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/Key Partners

EPRN is a network of experts in socio-economic fields. Members are mostly individual researchers & analysts ; and Institutions.

EPRN has working relationships with the University of Rwanda, University of Kigali, Mount Kenya University, Kiel University(Germany), Ministry of Economic Planning and Finance, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, National Bank of Rwanda, National Institute of Statistics Rwanda, Rwanda Management, 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 :

Individual annual membership fees are 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 Institutional 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, presentation and publication), (e) institutions have access to a wide audience for studies’ reports dissemination through policy debates and conferences, (f) institutions have easy access to resource parsons/experts, (g) easy flow of information through a wide network of experts, etc…

3. Our services

EPRN services are categorised in three pillars :

Networking : EPRN organises networking events like policy dialogues on policy issues ; research conferences, experts’ seminars, etc. Through events, members of the of our Network have opportunities to meet and interchange with experts from various domains, making business contacts and appointments, exchange on job and consultancy related information, study/scholarships opportunities, etc.

Research : EPRN supports members in research by availing mentors/supervisors ; facilitating researchers to make presentations of their research findings in conferences and other events ; support members to publish their research findings online through website ; and in printed copies (EPRN Research Paper Working Series). So far EPRN published 15 papers.

EPRN also undertakes commissioned research and consultancy (baseline studies, mid-term evaluations, end line evaluation of projects ; impacts assessment and other types of research related assignments). For commissioned research and consultancy, members have a first priority to be among consultancy teams.

Training : EPRN conducts professional training sessions for members and other interested experts. Every year, EPRN produces and shares training calendar. A part from pre-identified EPRN training, EPRN also prepares and delivers demand-driven training to respond to specific needs of institutions. Some of training courses are : 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.

4. Our Technical Capabilities

EPRN operates with consultants and associates (drawn from our members) to deliver commissioned work. 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 and Training centre located at University of Rwanda, Kigali, and Chapters in Huye, Musanze and Rwamagana.

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

5. Description of our relevant experiences

Below are examples of previously implemented assignments :

Name and contact of the Client Description of assignment Period of Assignment
Alice U. Anukur

Country Director
Oxfam Rwanda Country Office
Mobile :+250788302137
Email : [email protected]

Assessment of aggregators in horticulture value chains in Rwanda 2020
NGENDANDUMWE J. Claude

Executive Secretary
Conseil de Concertation des Organisations d’Appui aux Initiatives de Base (CCOAIB)
E-mail : [email protected]
Tél.(+250) (0) 788302065

Research on “Valuing and integrating women farmers’ knowledge and views on agricultural practices and food systems into agricultural policy development and implementation”. 2020
Daniel Mugunga Matabaro

Director
Gahini Rehabilitation Center
E-mail : [email protected]
Tel : +250788309921

Final Project Evaluation for Improvement of Health Services for People With Disabilities In Rwanda 2020
Betty MUTESI

Country Director
International Alert Rwanda
E-mail : [email protected]

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 : [email protected]

End of Project evaluation of “Strengthening of Climate Resilience & Food Security of Smallholders in Nyagatare, Nyamagabe & Muhanga Districts, Rwanda” for DUTERIMBERE 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
Oliver Dalichau

Resident Representative
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Rwanda
Mbl. : +250 784 842 824
E-Mail : [email protected]

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

Country Director
Oxfam Rwanda Country Office
Mobile :+250788302137
Email : [email protected]

End-line Evaluation of Oxfam in Rwanda Five Year Strategy (2015 – 2020). 2019
Mugarura Jean Baptiste

National Director
Youth for Christ/Rwanda
Email : [email protected]
Tel : +250725383083

Training of staff of the YFC/Rwanda in Project Management for Donor funded projects 2019
Dr Jan Miksch

Program advisor, GIZ Rwanda
GIZ-MIP Program
Email : [email protected]
Tel : +250784446543

Facilitating the study/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 : [email protected]
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
Dr Jan Miksch

Program advisor, GIZ Rwanda
GIZ-MIP Program
Email : [email protected]
Tel : +250784446543

Facilitating Training Sessions 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
Theophile Nzabahimana

Country Director
The Gallagher Trust/Tubiteho
E-mail : [email protected]
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
Prof Kigabo Thomas

Chief Economist, Rwanda Central Bank Study for BNR and MINECOFIN through GIZ
Tel : +250788303633
e-mail : [email protected]

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 : [email protected]
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)

Cost Survey on cross border trade at Rusizi II (Rwanda) and Bukavu (DRC)

2018
Dr Jan Miksch

Program advisor, GIZ Rwanda
GIZ-MIP Program
Email : [email protected]
Tel : +250784446543

Needs assessment of the capacity gaps at individual and institutional level for economic policy analysis and research in Rwanda 2015