From right front row; Prof. Iben Nathan, UC, Prof. Vibeke Vindelov, UC/STAKE Projector Coordinator, Aisha Karanja, Executive Director, GBM, Prof. Linda Nielsen, UC, Mr. J. Kagombe, KEFRI, Ms. L.N.S. Kong’ani, WMI, back row from the left, Mr. C. Mwangi, GBM, Dr. B. Chikamai, Director, KEFRI, Prof. S.G. Kiama, Director, Wangari Maathai Institute, Prof. R.G. Wahome, UoN, Prof. Jens Emborg, UC & Dr. Thuita Thenya, UoN/STAKE Projector Coordinator after the 3rd STAKE Project Steering Commitee.
The Wangari Maathai Institute was excited to hold the 3rd STAKE Project Steering Committee meeting held on 20th August 2015 at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi. The STAKE project is an exciting partnership between the Wangari Maathai Institute, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is expected to contribute to stability in Kenya by understanding and targeting the underlying factors that lead to conflicts over forest related resources. This 3-year project funded by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA) will also contribute to Kenya’s long-term development by mentoring and training the next generation of talented, young academics through provision of scholarships for Masters and PhD training.
wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute exhibited clean energy technology innovations from various distributors across Africa in the first ever Nairobi Innovation Week that was organized by the University of Nairobi. The there day event held from August 5th to 7th 2015 focused on bringing together all innovation-minded persons to showcase distinct technology-related ideas and products, and/or present papers leading to exhaustive discussions by all aiming to yield practical solutions to the pertinent problems in Africa.
Director, Wangari Maathai Insitute & Academic Director, wPOWER Hub, Prof.Kiama Gitahi (centre) holding a Solar lantern.
Prof. Monica delivering a Seminar at the Wangari Maathai Institute
Monica Lengoiboni, Assistant Professor, University of Twente, Netherlands delivered a seminar at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies on Pastoralists Seasonal Land Rights in Land Administration . Monica Lengoiboni is a Geographer whose research concerns pastoralists’ seasonal migrations; the spatial and temporal components of their customary land rights; and how such flexible land rights could be accommodated, instead of being left out in the formal system of land administration and cadastres. Formal or statutory land tenures continue to expand in the Kenyan rangelands. And often, the formal law associated is ‘stronger’ than customary law. Social, environmental and economic effects due to reduced mobility have been substantial, yet pastoralism remains the dominant land use in the dry lands.
Ms. Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Director at Wangari Maathai Institute with the U.S. President Barack Obama
wPOWER Hub director Wanjira Mathai met with U.S. President Barack Obama during a State Banquet held at State House Nairobi on 25th July 2015. Obama was in Kenya to attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit and to meet with leaders from government, business, and civil societies. Speaking during the opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES),a US sponsored business summit in Kenya,President Obama spoke at length of the need for women to be more involved with entrepreneurship.”Treating women as a second-class citizen is a bad tradition. It’s holding you back,” he added. ”African countries have the opportunity to go green by leveraging on clean energy as opposed to traditional sources of energy, the U.S. President said. The US State Department created the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, founded by the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The wPOWER Hub is building evidence base on women, energy access and climate solutions.
- Green Belt Movement (GBM)
- Science Initiative Group
- Regional Initiative in Science and Education
- University of Copenhagen
- RISE AFFNET UON Node
- U.S. Department of State
- The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
- United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
- Graduate School of Frontier Sciencies, University of Tokyo
- The University of Kentucky (UK) USA
- The Nile Project
- Fundacion Mujeres Por Africa
Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies (WMI),
College of Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences,
University of Nairobi,
P. O. Box 29053-00625
Tele. No. : +254 20 2506448/0788526473
Physical Location: College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences,
Upper Kabete, off Kapenguria road. View map.
Contact Person: The Director