EfD Kenya is one of the eight centers in the EfD initiative. It aims at working in close collaboration with individuals and institutions in the public sector, policy research, and academia both at the local and international level.
The center is hosted at the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi and has been since January 2012. Previously, the centre had been hosted at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), a public policy think tank, from its inception in 2007 to 2011. The School had been a close partner of the program since inception and hosting the center at the School of Economics has enhanced the interface between academics and policy makers.
Supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), EfD Kenya in collaboration with the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi and the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the University of Gothenburg continues to conduct research and training in environmental and resource economics.
EfD Kenya is committed and focused on improving and strengthening the integration and mainstreaming of environmental issues in planning and public policy in Kenya.
It aims to do this by:
- Providing an interface between policy makers and academia;
- Conducting high quality research and policy analysis in the area of environment and natural resources and their optimal exploitation for sustainable development;
- Building capacity in environmental economics by strengthening the existing academic programs in the discipline, collaborative research and advanced short courses for forum members;
- Building capacity in the realm of environmental policy analysis through in-service training and short courses for policy makers and implementers;
- Policy outreach and dissemination of research findings through policy briefs, research papers, workshops, seminars and publications;
- Peer networking and learning through regular forum meetings and exchange programs with other regional and international centers.
To become a regional centre of excellence that will eventually transform itself into a vibrant scientific hotspot capable of offering evidence based research and policy solutions to myriad of problems plaguing the environmental sector in Kenya and beyond the borders.
To provide relevant capacity building and policy advice to both public and private sector agencies that will enhance environmental protection, sustainable natural resource management and poverty alleviation.
Links with other Institutions
School of Economics - The School of Economics is the successor to the former Department of Economics, one of the largest departments of the University of Nairobi. It is charged with teaching and research responsibilities, in line with the University’s motto of producing qualified manpower for the nation.
The School offers specialized training in economics at the Bachelors, Masters and doctoral levels. The School enjoys close training collaboration with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) through a Collaborative Masters of Arts Programme (CMAP) and a collaborative PhD Programme (CPP). Under the CMAP, the School admits both local and foreign students for masters level studies in the University of Nairobi.
The School has an outstanding research capacity. Areas of capacity concentration include development economics, health economics, environmental and resource economics, macroeconomics, trade and finance, industrial and enterprise economics.
KIPPRA - KIPPRA is a semi-autonomous public institution established under Kenya's State Corporations Act to support the public policy process in the country. The institute performs this mandate by:
1) Conducting objective and high quality research and policy analysis in all sectors of the economy, and
2) Building the capacity of public officials and other stakeholders.
The institute has grown into a reputable source of information, earning itself considerable trust and credibility from the Government of Kenya, donors, and the private sector, largely because of its objectivity and commitment to high quality work.