The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA Kenya) is a think-tank that provides a platform for informed discussions in order to influence public policy in Kenya. We seek to promote pluralism of ideas through open, active and informed debate on public policy issues. We undertake research and conduct public education on key economic and topical issues in public affairs in Kenya and the region, and utilize the outcomes of the research for policy dialogue and to influence policy making.
 
Mission
To inform decision-making in Kenya through policy innovation, research, analysis and dialogues.
 
Vision
A prosperous Kenya that has a well managed economy and that upholds constitutional principles of governance. 
 
Core Values
Our core values drive IEA Kenya’s mission as we strive to uphold the highest ethical standards in our work:
 
Professional integrity
We discharge our duties diligently and in line with nationally and internationally recognized ethical and professional standards. Further, we uphold honesty, transparency, reliability and consistency in all our decisions and actions.
 
Innovation
We are committed to continuous learning and improvement in how we do our work. We produce high quality policy and research products and outputs by encouraging and supporting positive critique, new ideas, tools, methods and techniques in policy analysis, research, planning and capacity building. 
 
Initiative
We believe in initiative as value for encouraging and developing leadership in our organization. We encourage staff to learn to work without supervision and for individuals to be the first in identifying an opportunity and taking appropriate action.
 
Inclusiveness
We are an inclusive organization where differing points of view and experiences are valued as opportunities for mutual learning.

We undertake research and public education on key economic and topical issues in public affairs in Kenya and the region, and utilize the outcomes of the research for policy dialogue and to influence policy making. IEA Kenya’s key thematic areas are in Public Finance Management, Trade and Development, Futures Approach and Regulation and Competition. We also undertake special projects in line with our mission and vision and more importantly with our values.  

Public Finance Management
We promote budget transparency and effective participation of non-state actors and key institutions in public finance management to ensure public participation which is key under the devolved system of governance.
Trade and Development
We influence the formulation of development-oriented trade policies in Kenya by scrutinizing and monitoring international trade treaties and agreements that Kenya enters into to ensure they lead to Kenya’s development.
Futures Approach
The ‘Futures approach’ is a versatile methodology available for use by development actors working in various sectors and levels of government. Its application in key is picking up and will become of even better use under the devolved system of government. At IEA Kenya, we facilitate the utilization of futures methodologies in policy formulation processes.
Regulation and Competition
We also examine economic regulatory policies and related topical questions relevant to Kenya. We continuously review and monitor new economic policies and legislation to ensure they serve the intended purpose; to enhance the country’s development.

Our work involves a combination of futuristic planning, policy analysis, research, advocacy, capacity building, and public education.

The ‘Futures’ Approach 
The 'Futures' Approach is one of our key innovations in service delivery. The approach involves the application of three closely related methodologies in future-oriented planning, namely: scenarios planning, strategic planning and visioning to analyse, create, anticipate, and test the present and likely desirable futures. 
Policy Analysis 
We undertake policy analysis with an aim of clarifying policy choices and suggesting options that will improve policy outcomes. The process involves the identification of policy issues that are relevant to our strategic focus, analysis of the issues to create understanding; analysing policy options, identifying their costs and providing advice and recommendations to the best option given the prevailing circumstances. 
Research
We undertake research to generate new information and knowledge for use in decision-making in Kenya. We apply both qualitative and quantitative research design depending on the nature of the issues being analysed. The research findings and recommendations are disseminated through a variety of media and forums including publications, seminars, web portals, and public discussions.
Advocacy & Policy Dialogues
The research and policy analysis we undertake informs our policy advocacy agenda. We undertake evidence-based advocacy aimed at influencing public policy and decisions on various issues. We use policy dialogue as a platform for the public to engage in debate about a policy issue. 
Capacity Building
We strengthen capacities of individuals and CSOs mainly through structured trainings with an aim of enhancing their capacities to effectively participate in decision-making, planning, budgeting processes, and advocacy. For the media, our focus has been to enhance economic literacy for improved media reporting. 
Public Education 
We educate the public to enable citizens actively engage with government and leaders in ways that promote transparency, accountability and good governance. Our public education strategy applies a variety of tools and techniques, including producing publications, bulletins, newsletters, publication of website of newspaper articles, and engaging with the public through social media. 
We work with various groups to drive policy change and public education and provide new directions and alternative approaches to the donor and international community through well-researched publications and forums.  We evaluate the business environments and offer analysis with regard to implication of policy for different businesses in agriculture, urban based processing and service industries. We also offer research and analysis to government and offer professional support, which comprises facts, figures and arguments on strictly non-partisan and public basis. IEA Kenya engages media to inform the public on policy creating exposure on current public affairs.
 
We collaborate with:
  • Parliament and the Executive
  • CSOs private sector, citizens and the media
  • Development partners, research institutions, academia and global partners
  • Other target Groups – Particular beneficiaries of IEA Kenya Programmes