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How can solar power be part of transformations to sustainability in Kenya?

Transforming pro-poor energy access is a priority goal for many countries in Africa. Many poorer households are not connected to the grid, so use kerosene, paraffin or batteries, or have to travel to charge mobile phones. In Kenya, solar home systems (SHS) via mobile payment systems are tackling this problem by giving access to renewable…

STEPS Africa Sustainability Hub launched in Nairobi

“There is no better time to launch the Africa Sustainability Hub than now,” says Dr Mohamed Kyari from the Human Resources, Science and Technology Department of the African Union. The AU strategy science and technology and innovation was confirmed by Heads of State last June. The vision of the African Union is to develop a…

Why access to energy is crucial for economic growth and poverty reduction

This week I am in Nairobi for a conference focused on ‘Low Carbon Africa’, discussing the diverse pathways to low carbon energy. Energy access is a key issue across the continent. Last week Kofi Annan launched the ‘Africa Progress Panel’ report that argued for a massive energy revolution on the continent, with the potential for…

Community-based Micro Grids: Experiences in Rural Kenya

By Lorenz Gollwitzer I am standing in Olosho-Oibor, a small village three-hours from Nairobi, at the bottom of the Ngong Hills (famous as the place where Denys Finch Hatton crashed his plane and died in Karen Blixen’s autobiography Out of Africa). Beeping in my pocket, my smartphone has just received an email, yet the nearest connection to the national grid…

From Uncertainty in India to low carbon in Kenya: Our autumn newsletter is out now

Our autumn 2013 newsletter gives a snapshot of a few of the areas we are researching right now.  A new briefing looks at how people deal with uncertainty about climate, disease or natural disasters in India, while new resources highlight pathways of pro-poor energy access in Kenya.  A new policy briefing examines how science and politics must be engaged in a post-2015 framework, while…

How was a ‘policy space’ created for pastoralism in Kenya?

Pastoralism in Kenya has long been neglected and understood. Pastoralists have been seen by some as vulnerable, a source of conflict and a drain on the country’s resources. But recent developments have begun to change that narrative. A new government Ministry, the Ministry of Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands, was formed in…

Innovation Histories workshop, the Solar Home System market in Kenya

←BACK TO PRO-POOR LOW CARBON DEVELOPMENT   Innovation Histories briefing (PDF 226kb) Innovation Histories report Full report from the workshop (PDF 1,136kb) Photos from the Innovation Histories workshop Watch a TV interview with Kevin Urama of ATPS and Adrian Ely of the STEPS Centre speaking about social innovations on Kenyan TV programme The GMK Show,…

Briefings on the Maize project

A set of 7 briefings was produced as part of our project on Environmental Change and Maize Innovations in Kenya. The briefings cover the ideas, methods and results from the project, which looked at pathways in and out of maize for farmers and other actors in the maize industry in Kenya. For more publications from…

NEW BOOK ON KENYAN MILLENNIUM VILLAGES

A new book has just been published on the Kenyan Millennium Villages by Awuor Ponge, entitled Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Crop Production: A Study of the Millennium Village Project in Bar-Sauri in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Ponge, an Assistant Research Fellow and M&E Officer at the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research – Kenya, is also a…