February 21, 2015 Print

The upcoming Centre for Public Policy Research-Atlas Leadership Academy Policy School offers aspiring researchers two weeks of intensive training in methods of public policy research. In the past, CPPR has trained participants from 32 countries in its program covering research methodology, public policy evaluation, and policy briefs. Last year’s participants included Zineb Benalla and Mike Rotich, who have already benefited from the skills they gained during the training a year ago.

Benalla, a research associate at the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Morocco, attended the 2014 CPPR-Atlas Public Policy School. While she was there, she focused her research on grain tariffs in Morocco and challenges to peace and development in Mali.

Zineb was so inspired by the training program that, upon returning to Morocco, she wanted the Arab Center to organize a similar program for youth in the MENA region. She successfully hosted the program, the Averroes Academy for Public Policy, which trained 20 youth from 13 different MENA countries. Students produced policy proposals during the training and are currently working on policy papers to present at a conference.

Rotich found that the Policy School has defined his journey in research and policy analysis at the Eastern Africa Policy Centre. Once back at EAPC, Mike developed a project examining the cost of doing business by studying the long-distance trucking business in East Africa. The resulting policy proposal was cited and published by multiple leading media houses in Kenya, and mentioned by the secretary general of East Africa Community as a report featuring real challenges faced by the region.

This year’s CPPR-Atlas Public Policy School will take place June 14–27, but the application deadline of March 7 is quickly approaching. Find more information and apply today.