Institutional Support : Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya)

The Institute for Economic Affairs - Kenya (IEA-Kenya) was established in 1994 when the country was moving from a one-party state to a multiparty democracy. It started as an advocacy organization aimed at advising Parliament on how to engage the government in policy issues and keep the government accountable. IEA-Kenya is an independent organization that uses research to inform its policy advocacy work, relying on a small team of in-house staff and a large set of external associates. The Institute outsources research activities with the expectation that its team of young researchers (who do not have degrees beyond the master's level) will gain experience by working with consultants. This strategy has proved unsustainable, however. This grant from IDRC's Think Tank Initiative (TTI) will allow IEA-Kenya to strengthen its governance structure, managerial capacity, research skills and staff retention initiatives so that it can provide the Kenyan Parliament with rigorous, high-quality, policy-relevant research.

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Project status


Start Date

Friday, July 3, 2009

End Date

Monday, December 1, 2014


48 months

IDRC Officer

Okidi, John

Total funding

CA$ 1,322,091


Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Ms Margaret Chemengich


Institute of Economic Affairs Limited

Institution Country