The mainstay of the Centre will be conducting research aimed at informing policy, and advocacy for policy action. This will be achieved through writing proposals to key development agencies to fund research on topical issues. The Centre will also respond to Request for Proposals especially touching on the following areas:
- Political Participation, Devolution and Governance;
- Education, Labour and Employment;
- Poverty, Inclusion and Social Welfare;
- Youth, Gender and Development;
- Health Policy Programme;
- Agricultural, Energy and Environmental Policy;
- Human Resource Development / Capacity Building;
- Monitoring and Evaluation;
- Community Policing and Security Reforms;
Conferences, Public Debates, Workshops and Seminars
In order to enhance debate and dialogue on key policy issues, the Centre shall organise conferences, public debates, workshops and seminars. During these events, the Centre shall try to address key policy issues confronting the country and the region. Experts and stakeholders on the identified issues will be invited to give their views and how best to handle them. This will provide an avenue where diverse groups of people with different opinions will freely air their views. Policy options suggested during the events will be availed to policy makers for their uptake.
Publication and Dissemination
The Centre shall publish all the research findings and papers presented during conferences in form of books, occasional papers, Conference proceedings and research reports. This will be disseminated to all stakeholders and in particular policy makers in order to formulate policies grounded on evidence-based research findings.
APC shall conduct research on broad issues affecting the country and the region using a multidisciplinary approach. Most of the research work shall focus on challenges already facing the country with a view of providing policy options. Areas to be focused on by the centre include; education, economic policy, governance, climate change, health, trade, natural resource management and regional integration.
Kenya faces shortage of capacity in key institutions of governance yet this is key to development. APC will try to fill this gap by building the capacity of public officials, private sector and civil society through trainings which shall be conducted by the Centre’s researchers and other experts invited by the Centre. The trainings will be based on evidence-based research information conducted on the aforementioned areas. This will indeed equip the targeted officials with relevant policy options necessary for socio-economic and political development of the country.