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On the 12th of March 2021, KIPPRA launched its Public Policy Repository. This is a one-stop online platform where the public can access all National and County Government policy documents as well as KIPPRA’s research output.
The KIPPRA Public Policy Repository was birthed out of the need to strengthen the research-to-policy linkage while housing all policy documents dating back as far as 1963 under one roof. The content hosted in the repository will include policy papers, sessional papers, development plans, economic blueprints and master plans, presidential speeches and directives, legislation, regulations, County Government policy documents, research publications produced by KIPPRA and links to other select policy research publications. This Repository poses immense benefits to the national and county governments as well as other key stakeholders. It will complement traditional government publishing channels and enhance the visibility of government policy documents on the web to reach a wider readership via free online access.
While applauding this critical milestone by KIPPRA, the COG noted that government policies cannot be developed in isolation. If the myriad of stakeholders present at the event were anything to go by, it was clear that government policies need to be developed through consultations amongst interest groups. This will guarantee policy relevance as well as responsiveness to societal problems. Policies precede legislation. Hence, for any legislation or government action to be effective, it has to be guided by policy. The Council of Governors in its speech listed 5 key strategies which County Governments can engage to generate effective policies. Among them were recognition and alignment of County policies and laws with national norms and standards, conformity with international standards, crafting policies and laws such that they are sensitive and alive to emerging issues, anchoring policy on data and public participation.
Speaking during the event, the Chief Guest, Hon. Eric Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary, The National Treasury and Planning, lauded KIPPRA for the great contributions it had made to the achievement of the national development agenda by enhancing capacities for policy formulation, implementation and evaluation within National and County Governments. Further, he recognized the newly launched Public Policy Repository to make Government policy documents readily available to all stakeholders as a step in the right direction.
The Council of Governors in its remarks noted that it appreciates KIPPRA’s role in the development of the County Social Economic Re-engineering and Recovery Strategy and called upon all stakeholders to work together with the two levels of government in the post-covid recovery process for the betterment of all Kenyans. “At both levels of Government, let us continue to build the capacity of policymakers so that both the National Government and County Governments design policies and laws that ultimately lead to the socio-economic development of all communities in Kenya,” said Ms. Rosemary Njaramba, who was representing the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Governors.
The event was also graced by KIPPRA board members, Micro and Small Enterprises Authority CEO, Mr. Henry Rithaa; African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Executive Director, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u; and the alumni of the KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs), among others.


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