What should 21st century research and policy practitioners in Africa look like?

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) and the University of Nairobi have jointly organised a stakeholders’ workshop in Nairobi.  The September 22, 2016 meeting will bring together a range of stakeholders to share perspectives on the Master of Research and Public Policy (MRPP) programme. The University is preparing to launch the MRPP under the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

Government officials, academics, researchers and policy practitioners from NGOs, research organisations, international organisations, media and development partners have been invited to the workshop.

Four objectives have been set for the meeting:

  • To raise awareness about the MRPP programme and processes;
  • To share perspectives on desirable competencies for 21st century research and policy practitioners;
  • To suggest priority research areas that will have the greatest impact on public policy in Africa; and,
  • To generate ideas that will enhance the appropriateness of the MRPP for relevant sectors of the labour market.

The outcomes of the workshop are expected to improve the quality of the MRPP and maximise the desired learning outcomes of knowledge, skills and experiences among the students. MRPP graduates are positioned to form a special cadre of professionals shaping public policy in Africa.  The workshop is also expected to spark new links and long term support for the University of Nairobi from other MRPP universities and key stakeholders.

The MRPP is a two-year graduate programme that was developed by 12 African universities and PASGR to produce the next generation of public policy leaders and researchers in Africa. For more information, see the programme information document or download the brochure