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…

Cattle market in Kenya

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…

MAKER FAIRE AFRICA 2010: CALL FOR ENTRIES

The team behind Maker Faire Africa 2010 put out the call for entries yesterday. Maker Faire Africa – “a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention” – takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on August 6th and 7th, 2010. (via Boing Boing)

MIDDLE CLASSES IN AFRICA

Photographer Joan Bardeletti has set up a website, Middle Classes in Africa, which includes some great galleries of photos from Kenya and Ivory Coast. (Via Africa Is A Country)

DISCUSSING “INTERSECTING KNOWLEDGES” IN NAIROBI

by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre The African Academy of Sciences‘ vision is to be the engine driving scientific and technological development in Africa. It was established by prominent scientists, and the membership is still focused around the ‘hard’ sciences, especially physics and mathematics. But from our recent trip to Nairobi it’s obvious that the contribution…

YOUNG AFRICAN SCIENTISTS IN NAIROBI

By Adrian Ely The first day of the 4th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference in Africa on “Science and Technology (S&T) Enterprises in Africa” provided a platform for some great examples of applied scientific research being carried out on the continent. Much of this was problem-focussed, interdisciplinary research, rather than “ivory tower” science. However, several speakers…

REFLECTIONS FROM KILIFI: ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES OF PUBLIC HEALTH

By Melissa Leach The Kilifi conference on the publics of public health is now complete, after two more intense days. Two dimensions of the contemporary world of public health have been particularly dominant. First, the new global architectures through which so much funding and programming around health issues in Africa now takes place. The huge…