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INSIGHTS FROM THE ANNUAL KIPPRA CONFERENCE.

The 6th KIPPRA (Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research & Analysis) Annual Conference, held at Pwani University, Kilifi County from 21st to 23rd June, was a highly anticipated event aimed at accelerating economic development and growth in arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya. The event was a great platform for organizations, policymakers, young innovators and entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to share ideas, find sustainable solutions and identify ways to overcome the challenges facing these regions. The main theme of the conference revolved around ways in which the government and other stakeholders can collaborate to promote development and growth in these areas that are often marginalized and vulnerable to drought and other natural disasters.
KIPPRA conference held at Pwani University, Kilifi County
KIPPRA conference held at Pwani University, Kilifi County

Among other many organizations that participated in both the main and youth side event was the We Don't Have Time. The organization, which primarily focuses on accelerating climate solutions, was keen to participate in the discussions held during the conference. The youth side event, which was attended by at least 289 young people from various parts of the country, provided an opportunity for them to share their perspectives and ideas on ways to achieve economic development and growth in the arid and semi-arid lands.
The youth side event was marked by thrilling conversations and debates in line with the conference's theme. The young people passionately shared their ideas and insights on how to address the challenges facing these regions, such as limited access to education and training opportunities, poor infrastructure, and high levels of poverty.
Youth's Side Event at KIPPRA Conference
Youth's Side Event at KIPPRA Conference

The conference featured presentations, plenary sessions, and round table discussions focused on identifying and discussing policies and interventions that can help alleviate poverty and spur growth in these regions. Several challenges that impede economic development and growth in arid and semi-arid areas were also highlighted. These challenges included; limited access to finance, high levels of poverty, poor infrastructure, and inadequate education and training opportunities among others. As such, the discussion and analysis were aimed at identifying possible solutions and practical recommendations that can be implemented by both the government and other stakeholders.
During the main event, the Kenya deputy President (HE. Rigathi Gachagua), who was the chief guest, addressed the audience and provided insights into the government's efforts to promote economic development and growth in arid and semi-arid lands. The deputy President emphasized the need for a collaborative approach that involves various stakeholders, including the youth, to drive progress in these regions. The deputy president expressed his commitment to promoting economic development and growth in the arid and semi-arid parts of the country, and promised that the government will prioritize investment in these areas to eradicate food insecurity.
H.E Rigathi Gachagua (Kenya Deputy President) addressing the audience during  KIPPRA Conference.
H.E Rigathi Gachagua (Kenya Deputy President) addressing the audience during KIPPRA Conference.

Overall, the 6th KIPPRA Annual Conference was a great success, with various organizations and stakeholders coming together to discuss and share ideas aimed at accelerating economic development and growth in arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya. The participation of young people in the discussions was particularly encouraging, as it showed their commitment to promoting positive change in their communities.
We Don’t Have Team-Kenya chapter at KIPPRA Conference.
We Don’t Have Team-Kenya chapter at KIPPRA Conference.

  • Harrison wambui

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    Very best

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    • Matete Bernard

      49 w

      Glad we connected.

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      • Annett Michuki..

        49 w

        such events are influential

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        • George Kariuki

          49 w

          We need more of these events.

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          • Munene Mugambi

            49 w

            This was a rather successful conference

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