Monthly Archive May 2017

Redesigned website expands ‘in-reach’ to PASGR

Communications and Outreach The year 2016 saw communications entrenched as a major pillar of PASGR, cutting across all programmes. The launch of the redesigned organisational website and the Master of Research and Public Policy site was a milestone in the Communications and Outreach Unit work. The website carries studies and reports from PASGR supported […]

Providing research evidence for social protection in Kenya

In August 2016, PASGR and the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) partnered to provide research evidence and scenarios for potential legislative solutions on social protection in Kenya. This was at the request of the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection which had initiated the interaction to inform the initial steps […]

For research intern, quality is a process from start to finish

Olufemi Samson Balogun—Femi to friends and colleagues—regards excellence in research as a process. The intern in the Research Programme (RP) at PASGR says: “We try to ensure that we don’t compromise on quality.” Besides engaging practitioners and policy actors from the beginning to the end of the research, PASGR endeavours to ensure inclusiveness in terms […]

African cities are not just about doom and gloom

Professor Edgar Pieterse is convinced that a transformation is taking place in African cities. “They are not just about doom and gloom” the Principal Investigator of the Urban Governance and Turning African Cities Around project says. The Director, African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, has been involved with […]

Utafiti Sera captures partners’ imagination

Research Programme There is no stopping an idea whose time has come. This is the story of PASGR’s innovative approach to research uptake and policy engagement, Utafiti Sera (research-policy communities), which appears to have taken the research community by storm. In a short three years, Utafiti Sera has become a key component of the Research […]

Why research design is everything for Nigerian don

If he had his way, University of Ibadan professor Ayobami “Ayo” Ojebode would take all his PhD students and supervisors through PASGR’s Professional Development and Training (PDT) course before starting their doctoral work. “PDT is first and foremost training in research design, and design is everything. If the doctoral thesis is faulty in design, it’s […]

Taking part in training courses is a big eye-opener

Dr Connie Nshemereirwe considers her participation in the Advanced Research Design (ARD) course as one of the most transformative experiences of her life. “It changed my whole approach to research and policy engagement,” the Director of Quality Assurance at Cavendish University in Uganda says. The don, who had just completed her PhD a year earlier, […]

Transition as regional tutors take course leadership

Professional Development and Training The year 2016 saw PASGR consolidate its claim to being Africa’s premier social policy and governance research institution as it focused on strengthening its training institute and its emerging community of practice. After four years, the Professional Development and Training (PDT) Programme has grown a robust and innovative institute capable of […]

Missing link in higher education

Prof Peter Wanyande’s engagement with PASGR goes back eight years—even before the pan-African policy research organisation was born. “I had the opportunity to discuss the initiative with the current Executive Director, Prof Tade Akin Aina, and Higher Education Programme (HEP) Director Beatrice Muganda at the very initial stages of PASGR,” he says. The don has […]

My three hours with students of Maseno University

When National Treasury Consultant Fred Owegi was invited to give a one-hour talk to a group of Masters students at the Maseno University in Kisumu, the session lasted three hours! The talk in 2016 was on fiscal decentralisation. “PASGR felt there was limited understanding of fiscal decentralisation in Kenya.” He was impressed by the level […]