EfD Kenya in collaboration with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis – (KIPPRA) held its Research Day on March 3rd 2016, at the Nairobi Safari Club, Nairobi. The objectives of the workshop were: a) to share to share and receive feedback on proposed research activities and ongoing work on various environmental issues in Kenya; and, b) to discuss priority areas of research for the 2016-2020 strategic plan period. The participants of the workshop represented various groups from academia, Non-Governmental Organizations, parastatals, private and public sectors such as: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, Water Services Providers Association, Water Services Regulatory Board, Africa Wildlife Foundation, Kenyatta University, Moi University and University of Nairobi, among others.
The morning session began with opening remarks from the Executive Chairman of EfD-Kenya, Prof. Kimuyu, who officially welcomed all the participants to the workshop. This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Gunnar Kohlin, EfD Director. Followed by the mid-morning, chaired by Dr. Yonas Alem, allocated for the presentation and discussion of ongoing EfD-Kenya and KIPPRA Research, followed by the afternoon session chaired by Dr. Richard Mulwa and four students from the School of Economics, University of Nairobi presented their PhD. Concept Notes.
The EfD Kenya Research Day successfully came to a close with remarks from EfD Initiative Director Gunnar Kohlin who thanked all participants and emphasized on several issues including: cooperation among the researchers at University of Nairobi, KIPPRA and all the relevant stakeholders, more collaborative programs from other partners to expand the EfD network and finally use of the video conferencing to enhance communication with other EfD centers.
The workshop was closed with a vote of thanks from Prof. Kimuyu who thanked the participants for a very engaging workshop and stressed the need for continued collaboration in environment and development research and policy.