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About EPRN Professional Trainings

Target: We need to enhance capacity building for local economists and make EPRN a recognized Training Institute/Centre in fields of micro and macroeconomics.

How to do this: EPRN continuously assesses the updated needs (gaps) in terms of capacity building in the area of economic policy research and analysis and offers relevant and reliable training sessions to help addressing the real world needs.
1. Background
The Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN ) is an equal opportunity economic policy research platform in Rwanda bringing together key economic management institutions, individuals and organizations active in economic policy research and analysis to create a pool community for economic policy researchers through organizing public lectures, trainings on qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis, research coaching and mentorship, joint research projects to support provide evidence for economic policy formulation and implementation. EPRN therefore responds to economic policy gaps created mainly by lack of quality and informative research and the challenge of human capacity in terms of limited numbers of economic researchers and active involvement. Professional trainings as a major component of EPRN’s tools to tackle these issues, play thereby a crucial role in strengthening the capacity of academia, professionals and other institutions to conduct policy oriented research in the field of economics.

2. Core Problem  
EPRN has recognized, that a significant gap exists in the field of economic teaching in terms of quality, relevance, and quantity at post graduate level in Rwanda and even though many of the universities that have economics departments which offer courses at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, there is an obvious shortage of teaching staff both in number and quality. In addition, there is a shortage of qualified policy advisors both in the public and private sectors due to the fact, that well-qualified researchers and policy analysts in Rwanda, are spread too thinly across different institutions which dramatically constraints the scope for evidence-based policy making in Rwanda.

The lack of trainings and continuous education to offer updated knowledge on important tools, events or economic developments prevents an enhancement of necessary skills and therewith an improvement of efficient performance.

More than that do professional trainings of EPRN contribute to an indispensable way to keep researchers, policy makers and other individuals competitive by building up knowledge where is lacking.

3. Impact
EPRN wants to strengthen capacities of individual researchers, professionals, institutions and students through structured trainings with an aim of enhancing their capacities to effectively participate in decision-making, planning, budgeting processes, and advocacy. EPRN aims to produce a professional pool of economists equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to make a difference in economic research, policy formulation and development practice in Rwanda which is expected to ensure sustainable institutional performance and a consistent development with the growing demand in the country. The provided professional trainings moreover are intended to train policy practitioners, researchers, students and other to appreciate and make use of economic and other social science methodologies. Moreover are the trainings expected to compliment or reinforce the training efforts of other higher learning institutions through close cooperation.

  • To provide trainings for professional growth and career development of Rwandan economists
  • To provide trainings as an opportunity for dialogue and professional discourse on the countrys’ growth and development potentials as well as constraints that could be used by the policy making and implementation process
  • To involve the business community as a state-of-the art center to enhance their capacity and make them succeed in today’s competitive and increasingly globalizing world
  • To involve the various stakeholders of EPRN as a center of excellence for demand driven and problem-solving training and development needs
  • To establish a standard of performance for the economic profession and related occupations.
  • To serves as a laboratory or as a practical training ground that fills the gap or mismatch between theory and practice

4. Pre-identified Training Topics

Quantitative Methods

  • Econometrics: forecasting models, revenue analysis
  • Training on Tool for policy analysis: Applied Econometrics with STATA
  • Advanced Econometrics with software application
  • Investment Appraisal, Cost Benefit Analysis -CBA, CEA, PPP

Time series & Panel Data analysis

  • Data management, estimation, model selection, hypothesis testing and interpretation
  • Training on Tools for Policy Analysis: Time Series Econometric Techniques
  • Applied macroeconomics

Research Methodology

  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, Research Design
  • Sampling, randomization methods
  • Software Training such as SPSS, STATA, Eviews, PC give, etc
  • Result Based Planning &Evaluation (PME) of Development Programs/projects
  • Skills on writing policy briefs and newsletters

a. Certificate: For every professional training , EPRN offers completion certificate co-signed by EPRN and a trainer
Note: Every year EPRN advertise a training calendar, click here for training calendar.



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