TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: The Institute of Economic Affairs

This funding will help strengthen the Institute of Economic Affairs' (IEA-Kenya) role as a credible public policy institution in Kenya by enhancing its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About the Institute of Economic Affairs
IEA-Kenya is an independent, non-partisan organization that uses research to inform its policy advocacy work. It undertakes impartial policy research and analysis through a small team of in-house staff and collaborative arrangements with external associates and organizations. IEA-Kenya's research areas include social security, trade and competition policies, globalization, growth, food security, and poverty. It receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Support to think tanks
TTI is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

This second TTI phase (2014?2019) will fund 43 institutions. This will help them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally. For IEA-Kenya, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Better research, improved performance
Through this support over the next 4.5 years, IEA-Kenya is expected to
-initiate and respond to joint research opportunities involving other think tanks as a cost-effective, learning-by-doing approach
-produce quality research using research methods staff have learned through training and mentorship
-improve its management using formal systems and procedures that are monitored and evaluated for effectiveness
-enhance its board's ability to be much more effective in its corporate governance responsibilities
-improve the quality and impact of its research by enhancing technical skills and engaging stakeholders
-establish its reputation as a knowledge producer and advocacy organization

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Project status


End Date

Monday, September 16, 2019


54 months

IDRC Officer

John Okidi

Total funding

CA$ 1,203,102


South of Sahara


Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Kwame Owino


Institute of Economic Affairs Limited

Institution Country


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