The Institute for Research & Policy Alternatives (IRPA) is a consultancy entity registered as a private limited company in 2012. It was founded by Fred Matiangi and Ken Nyaundi.

The IRPA was established for the purposes of training, research, publication and certification in all aspects of public policy and governance. Its consultancy services are primarily related to public sector innovation, public service delivery and public resources management.

Focus is paid to promoting innovative practices in the public sector, implementing and translating policy frameworks, in addition to monitoring governance and public administration institutions. As a firm, it has carried out numerous research activities, provided advice and project management delivery to public and private institutions, government, national institutions and state bodies in all aspects relating to governance and public policy.

Mission Statement

To promote, advance and disseminate professional advice on democracy, good governance, and the development of public policy within the region.


To be the leading provider of quality consultancy services related to governance and public policy in the larger East Africa region to clientele in both the private and public sectors. To be recognized for offering services grounded on the values of integrity, professionalism and non-partisanship.

Core Values

  1. Integrity - We uphold proper moral and ethical acuity in every facet of our work and service. The importance of trust when tasked with our responsibilities is paramount. Furthermore our fight against any forms of bias, corruption, falsity and impartiality remains constant.
  2. Professionalism - Our consultancy is reflective of properly researched advice and communicated in a most effective manner. Our consultants are individuals from a wide pool of professions that have been trained in the most prestigious institutions and organizations in the region and the world.
  3. Non-Partisanship - Due to the nature of advice on governance and public policy, we strictly ensure that we adopt an approach that does not bend towards any political affiliation and instead promotes objective consultancy to the benefit of our client base.