TVET Authority and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) have today signed an MoU that will allow the two organisations jointly engage in evidence based research that will address problems amongst the communities they serve.

During the ceremony held at the TVETA offices, the Director – General of TVETA Dr. Kipkirui Langat acknowledged IPA for reaching out to the Authority and agreed to jointly carry out research in the TVET sector that will inform policy decisions and create an impact in society.

“TVET Authority welcomes IPA’s decision to partner with us in carrying out research that will lead to formulation of policies that can have an impact in the communities where we work.”

“As an Authority our focus is to support institutions to be specialised in thematic areas by promoting the culture of specialisation. We want our TVET institutions to specialise so that they can be Centres of Excellence and in the process carry our social impact research that can change their communities.”

IPA Regional Director for East Africa Mr. Suleiman Asman said, his not for profit organisation, is focused on creating research and generating high quality evidence for sharing with strategic partners so as to influence conversations and inform clear policy and ensure action is taken.

In the MoU the two parties agreed to collaborate and jointly fundraise to co-create new policy-relevant evidence on women’s economic empowerment and also mobilize

strategic policy partners and programming entities in women’s economic empowerment for dissemination of existing results and evidence.

The parties also agreed to promote awareness on evidence-based policy within and beyond Kenya. This includes using reasonable efforts to develop and share relevant study findings, evidence, and policy results, subject to their legal right to do so, though each party’s outreach means like blogs, website, online newsletter, and others.

The meeting was also attended by TVETA’s Deputy Directors Dr Otta Osawa (Research and Development), Josephine Kasera (Compliance and Enforcement) and Bibiana Otieno (Outreach Services). Others were Assistant Directors Sylvia Akoto (Legal Services) and James Momanyi (Corporate Communication).

The IPA’s team also included John Ochieng (Policy Manager) and Wanjiuku Wanjohi, a Policy Manager in charge of Women’s Work.