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Strathmore Institute for Public Policy and Governance

Who We Are

The Institute of Public Policy and Governance (SIPPG), formerly the Centre for Public Policy and competiveness, was set up in 2011 in context of Kenya and New Constitution to act as an avenue for generating and channeling Strathmore Business School’s research output to society and to the economy. With an expanded mandate, the Centre transformed into the Strathmore Institute of Public Policy and Governance (SIPPG) to serve the region in a better way. The Institute seeks to promote Interdisciplinary Policy Research, documentation of generated knowledge, translation and dissemination of research finding to society and building a community of thinkers through the MPPM student body. The Institute has collaborative research agenda with the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Harvard Business School, guided by the current national and regional drive to create a region able to compete against the best in the world. These organisations are our key partners: Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Stellenbosch University, Johns Hopkins University, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Navarra Center for International Development, (University of Navarra, Spain) The Institute has three major functions:

Our Programs

Research

Impact Investing Research In 2012 the Rockefeller Foundation awarded the Strathmore Business School a grant to conduct research on the policy framework for Impact Investing in Kenya and by extension the East African region. The purpose of this research was to inform on the situation in the country and not to advocate for any particular action with regard to impact investing. It was exploratory and sought to ensure that the policy environment of impact investing in Kenya is adequately captured and reported through facts and data.

Objectives of this research

The general objective of this study was to explore the policy environment on Impact Investing with a particular reference to Kenya. The specific objectives of this project were:

  • To carry out a definitional exercise to outline the parameters of impact investing with particular reference to the Kenyan context
  • To carry out an analysis of the social and environmental challenges in Kenya that can be addressed through Impact Investing
  • To assess the existing policy framework and its ability or inability to offer a conducive environment for the success of impact investments
  • To make recommendations on what needs to be done to improve/strengthen the current policy framework to support impact investing
  • To convene key policy makers and other key stakeholders to stimulate debate on the potential for impact investing to address social and environmental challenges in Kenya

Our Partners

  1. The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and development. Strathmore Institute for Public Policy and Governance (SIPPG) has partnered with the Leadership Academy for Development, an affiliate of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies of Stanford University and the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS). It teaches carefully selected participants how to be effective reform leaders, promoting sound public policies in complex and contentious settings. A driving principle of the LAD curriculum is that policy reform is not like engineering or other technical fields that have discrete skills and clear, optimal solutions. Instead, successful reformers must be nimble and weigh a broad range of factors that influence policy outcomes. They must have a solid grasp of country-specific economic, financial, political, and cultural realities. Most importantly, they must have a sense of how to set priorities, sequence actions and build coalitions. LAD provides participants with an analytical framework to build these abilities and operate effectively under adverse conditions.
  2. The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, led by Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, studies competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities; and solutions to social problems. Based at Harvard Business School, the Institute is dedicated to extending the research pioneered by Professor Porter and disseminating it to scholars and practitioners on a global basis.
  3. Bloomberg connects influential decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. Our strength – quickly and accurately delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology – is at the core of everything we do. With over 15,000 employees in 192 locations, we deliver business and financial information, news and insight around the world.
  4. The University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, was founded as a “Business Academy” in 1898 in the heyday of the St.Gallen embroidery industry and offered its first lectures in 1899. The HSG continues to pursue the goal of providing its more than 7,600 students with a practice-oriented education, guided by an integrative view of business, economics, law, and international affairs. With success: we have constantly been ranked among the top business schools in Europe. In the Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking 2013 we are placed 1st with the Master in Strategy and International Management and 7th with the CEMS Master’s in International Management. The Master in Banking and Finance is ranked 10th in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking. In addition, the HSG has enhanced its reputation with the EQUIS and AACSB International accreditations. The University of St.Gallen (HSG) has developed a unique academic structure to satisfy the demands of society and the economy to promote graduates with intellectual flexibility and intercultural qualifications. We aim to develop students both in professional and personal terms by providing them with an education based on a humanistic approach.

Message From the Dean

deansbsSuccessful civil servants, NGO workers, politicians and their advisers all necessitate one to have a broad range of skills and knowledge to endow them to meet the persistently changing challenges of public policy and management. Decision makers have managed and mismanaged public policy issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Problems such as political instability, environmental pollution, famine, hunger, rent-seeking and incessant intra-conflicts across the continent can be addressed through well researched, and solution orientated public policy. Strathmore Business School’s Public Policy programs are designed to develop the general management skills of results-oriented professionals in the public sector, non-governmental organisations and private sector with reasonable career experience. The curriculum provides a broad range of academic courses and practical tools designed to advance the students in managerial careers in Public Policy and Management. Dr. George Njenga Dean, Strathmore Business School



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