Exploring the Establishment of an Agriculture Policy Research Network

Summary:

According to Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) and the Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) researchers, the scope for evidence-based policy making in Rwanda is still constrained by limited capacity in policy analysis and research, both at individual and institutional levels. While there are capable and well-qualified researchers and policy analysts in Rwanda, they are spread too thinly across different institutions in government departments, universities, development partners and research institutes.

Furthermore, some of the gaps in terms of policy analysis and research observed at individual level include limited capacities in quantitative analysis, policy analysis and design, and monitoring and evaluation. At institutional level, there are gaps in policy formulation processes, data management, and monitoring and evaluation systems to support policy analysis and research.

This Agri-TAF report concludes that “formal and informal contact between policy makers and researchers can help to bridge gaps of understanding, trust, encouraging research to be better targeted to policy needs and policy to be better reflective of research results”. The conclusions are also echoed in the final draft of the PSTA3 Mid Term Review (MTR).