Some of the things highlighted at this morning launch were the rationale behind it. As Irene Kinuthia, the Media & Communication officer at IEA put it. This is another avenue IEA has ventured into provide an avenue for IEA members and associates, professionals, researchers and general public to influence public policy through research, provide cutting edge information on public policy and provide policy makers with useful information to guide policy reforms.
IEA is looking looking to print this journal Annually
The articles on the Journal aim at reporting progress made in implementing specific policy reforms as is the case in this issue in which Limo Taboi who also goes by the name Bankelele on the blog-sphere addresses 'After the Promise: The Economic Sector Reforms in the Early NARC years'.
The journal also seeks to communicating research findings on a particular public policy issue in a reader friendly manner as is the case on 'the (Un) Employment Problem in Kenya: Not so Simple Answers' done by Jacob Omolo. This is hot on the hills of the launch of a publication The dynamics and trends of Employment in Kenya in the Month of November.
Some of other things to find on this journal are;
- Formal soulutions for informal problems
- Ordinary citizens addressing crime
- Biodiversity and role played in economic development
- 2 book reviews
Also in there is photography from Boniface Mwangi of Picha Mtaani fame on the article of 'Reforming the Police in A Fractured Society: Are Kenya's Police reforms Mistaken?' by Rachel Gitau.
The next issue will focus on Regionalism and they have a call for articles on their website. The other interesting thing is that IEA has started a blog. This is a first one. Am still waiting for KIPPRA to start one!
Betty Maina the chairlady of the IEA was at hand to officially launch the journal and pointed out that IEA has been here with us for 15 years facilitating policy debate. Giving a platform for the public to express alternative policy issues and seek just policies.