Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya)

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Curt Carnemark - World Bank
Nairobi, Kenya
Date Established: 
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Kwame Owino
Executive Director
Our goal: be recognized as a credible source of research and policy advice on economic and other public issues. In harnessing the skills of capable professionals, we aim to apply cutting-edge knowledge and methods in the development of alternative policy choices.

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) is an independent, non-partisan organization that uses research to inform its policy advocacy work. It undertakes impartial policy research and analysis through a small team of in-house staff and formal collaborative arrangements with a large set of external associates and organizations. IEA-Kenya’s thematic research areas include social security, trade and competition policies, globalization, growth, food security, and poverty.

Since its formation, IEA-Kenya has aimed to provide an open platform for reviewing pertinent public policy questions in Kenya. The Institute has promoted public dialogue on public finance management and accountability, as well as discussions on the impacts of various regional and international trade agreements on the Kenyan economy.

The Institute participated in the formulation of Kenya Vision 2030 and is a member of the technical committee that is monitoring and evaluating progress toward this long-term plan. IEA-Kenya also works closely with parliamentary committees on agriculture, land and natural resources, finance, and trade. The Institute is currently monitoring programs linked to the budget with the Ministry of State for Planning National Development and Vision 2030, and regularly contributes information on regional and international trade negotiations to the Ministry of Trade.

Research Areas: 
economic regulation and competition
devolution and implications for public finance management
regional integration and trade liberalization
demography and Kenya’s development
taxation and revenue incidence
cost effectiveness of public expenditure
effects of Chinese economic relations in Eastern Africa