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Tegemeo Institute receives Grant for Institutional Strengthening
Prof. Gowland Mwangi, DVC R&E, Egerton University, Dr. Elvis Fraser, Senior Programme Officer at the Gates Foundation & Mary Mathenge, the Director, Tegemeo Institute at the ‘Institutional Strengthening Project’ Kick-off Meeting held at Fairview Hotel on December 20th, 2013.
Following an informative institutional assessment, Tegemeo received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to support the institute in addressing the organizational challenges that impede its goal of becoming a world class agricultural research institute.
The support is aimed at strengthening the institute to become an important regional hub for Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) that can provide high calibre MLE technical assistance services to development projects in East Africa, including Gates Foundation grantees. The grant supports the establishment of a dedicated team to lead in delivery of MLE projects. This team will be supplemented with contributions from the institute’s current team, faculty staff seconded from Egerton University and partners in the region. The support from the foundation mainly focuses on three areas:
- Strengthening staff and capabilities,
- Upgrading data management and communication infrastructure, and
- Developing partnerships and networks
The project was launched on December 20th, 2013.
Events and Activities under the Programme
Tegemeo Institute participates in the 8th AfrEA International conference in Kampala, Uganda, 27th-31st March 2017
Hands-on CAPI Training workshop
Tegemeo Institute participated in the recently concluded 8th AfrEA International conference at the Speke Resort Munyonyo Hotel in Kampala, Uganda themed “Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Opportunities and Challenges for Africa”. The conference ran from March 27th-31st, 2017 with participation from researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners. The conference aimed to promote exchange between participants on demand and supply of credible evaluative evidence in support of the SDGs in Africa. It was also intended to build capacity to design, manage and use evaluations to help Governments achieve their national and international development agendas, particularly around the SDGs and the Africa2063 Agenda.
The Institute participated in the conference specifically through: providing technical support in the agriculture strand including- abstract review, programme development and chairing one strand session. Tegemeo staff also made four (4) paper and three (3) poster presentations on some of the evaluative work done by the Institute in agriculture. Tegemeo alsoconducted a one day training workshop-“Use of Computer Aided Personal Interviews for Rural Household Data Collection: Tegemeo Institute’s Experience.” During the workshop, over 15 participants were trained on how to use tablets in data collection, designing/coding a questionnaire, data aggregation and analysis, the pros and cons of using both Computer Aided Personal Interviews (CAPI) and Paper Aided Personal Interviews (PAPI).
The Institute also hosted an evening social dinner event on 29th March, 2017 themed “Transformation of the Agriculture sector through Strategic Partnerships in Measurement, Learning and Evaluation” at the MCRL Pool garden at the conference venue within the conference. This event attracted a participation of 54 representatives from key African institutions andexperts from the evaluation and development spheres, governments’ officials, professional evaluation umbrella bodies from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, donors/funders, civil society organizations & NGOs, private sector organizations, academic & research institutions from both the North and South and media. Dr. Elvis Fraser- Senior Programme Officer, BMGF graced the social dinner event as a key note speaker while other speakers included the Institute Director - Dr. Mary Mathenge and the Director, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Unit - Dr. Mercy Kamau.
The Event in Pictures ...
The Tegemeo Team at the AfREA Conference
Dr. Mary Mathenge-Director, Tegemeo, offically opening the event Dr. Elvis Fraser- Senior Programme Officer-BMGF giving the keynote address
Dr. Mercy Kamau- Director MLE unit giving a synopsis of the of the Institute MLE agenda
Active Listening at the social dinner Participants have a good time
The MLE unit team welcomes Dr. Florence Etta at the social dinner Media interviews the Director, Tegemeo Institute
A touch of the Institute Corporate colors graced the event
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View the MLE Unit's Video Profile here ...
View the MLE Unit's Social Dinner Event Video Coverage here ..
Part of the coverage of the Event by the Media