Kenya

Diaspora Humanitarianism in Complex Crises (D-Hum)

Project summary This research project explores how Somali diaspora groups mobilize, channel and deliver humanitarian assistance to Somalia during complex humanitarian crises. Based on fieldwork in Somalia, Kenya and Europe, it examines the movem ...

Grassroots Innovations for Inclusive Economic Growth

Project summary The project aims to investigate the governance practices, impacts and diffusion of grassroots innovations, which are developing financial and monetary infrastructures for inclusive economic growth (among low-income micro-entrepre ...

Rights and Resilience in Kenya (RARE)

There is increasing attention to the role of land as a critical asset in climate change adaptation, and a realization that land uses, livelihood practices, and investments related to adaptation strategies all require access to land. However, research ... First year report Development objective: Ensure secure and peaceful access to land for climate change adaptation and thereby resilience of pastoralists and all Kenyan citizens. Immediate objective: produce and disseminate insights for improve ...

Realising the SDGs: The role of responsible business

Policy-makers have converged around the view that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires responsible business conduct (RBC), i.e. that businesses meet their “responsibility to respect” human rights by undertaking human rights due ... First-year report: The SDGs assume large-scale private sector support for their realisation. A $2.7 trillion SDG “funding gap” entails the need for business to contribute to fulfilling the SDGs, for instance, via partnerships with development ac ...

Informal worker organisation and social protection

This project will investigate emerging collective forms of informal worker organisation in the Global South (focusing on Kenya and Tanzania) and their implications for social protection. Rather than seeing a decrease in informal work due to globaliz ...   Midterm report: -Primary mapping of the three sectors.
-First engagement with key stakeholders in Kenya and Tanzania 
-Extensive Literature reviews conducted on the three sectors in Kenya and Tanzania as well as ...

Innovation and Renewable Electrification in Kenya (IREK)

As the global climate change regime moves ahead towards 2020, there will be increasing investments related to climate change mitigation and adaptation in poor countries. Ensuring that the most adequate technologies are selected and that they are dif ... Midterm report 2017: Emerging results: 1) The IREK policy analysis and stakeholder survey shows limited attention to renewables and capability development in the field. 2) Our disaggregated approach to the analysis of solar and wind ...

Green & circular innovation for Kenyan companies (GECKO)

The Gecko project aims to provide scientific insights and an algorithm for designing and projecting high-circular eco-industrial parks in Kenya. The project investigates if and under what conditions developing countries such as Kenya may gain enviro ... First-year report The GECKO project (Green and Circular Innovation for Kenyan Companies) inquires into the conditions for and possible benefits of developing countries to leapfrog into the circular economy. Specifically, we investigate the pr ...

Governing economic hubs and flows in Somali East Africa

This research and capacity-building project contributes to a better understanding of key economic and political processes that have shaped state formation in the Somali territories since 1991. The project wants to explain how the daily management of ... Midterm report 2016 GOVSEA consortium was reorganized and strengthened after the University of Nairobi and the Forum for Social Studies in Ethiopia joined us. They host 2 doctoral students as well as Ethiopian senior researchers. Danish resea ...

Valorizing Green Growth in Africa (VALOR)

Africa has untapped potential for creating monetary value from origin products in the same way ham from Parma and other highly valuable EU agricultural origin food products registered with ‘protected’ Geographical Indications (GIs) add 15 billion Eu ...
Project completion report:

5 articles published in international peer reviewed journals, 1 PhD thesis published, 1 PhD thesis in press, at least two further PhD theses submitted, in addition two international journal manuscr ...

Successful African Firms and Institutional Change (SAFIC)

The project investigates how and why African firms are able to be successful in changing business and institutional environments. The project will identify strategies that lead to sustained firm performance and seek to explain these firms’ success b ... Project Completion Report: Knowledge: The project has enhanced the understanding of economic growth and employment through new knowledge on firm development in the African private sector in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. The project has influenc ...

GREEiNSECT – Insects for green economy

Demand for animal protein in developing countries is predicted to double by 2050 putting pressure on protein sources for food and animal feed, such as soya and fish. More sustainable protein sources are urgently needed. Entomophagy – the consumption ... Project completion report: Overall, the outputs from the project have been achieved. Of the PhD students, 5 have graduated and 2 students with delayed start have completed all research and by the end of 2018 are close to submitting. Summarizi ...

Productivity and Growth in Organic Value-chains (ProGrOV)

The growing organic sector is an example of private/market led development. The rationale for the project is that organic agriculture has the potential to improve yields and natural resource management and link farmers to high value markets for impr ... Project completion report:
ProGrOV has strengthened the research-based knowledge for supporting increased productivity and sustainable growth in organic production and value chains, and built capacity for future development of organic agric ...

The Role of Social Enterprises in Promoting Community Development

Abstract: The academic field of social entrepreneurship has been on the rise for the last 20 years. In the context of development economics, social enterprises are in vogue, and they are claimed to be potentially promising actors in the pursuit ...

Treatment of childhood undernutrition: development of and access to improved foods (TREATFOOD)

The objectives were 1) To develop improved corn-soy-blend-based (CSB) and lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, and 2) identify the best product based on effectiveness and acceptability, 3) to dissemina ... Project completion report: Based on the main trial, we have been the first to show that treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, irrespective of supplement, lead to quite high accretion of lean mass - muscle and organ tissue. We have also be ...

Stabilizing Kenya by solving Forest related Conflicts (STAKE)

Kenya is riddled with conflict associated with instability, as evident in the widespread violence after the national elections 2007. Much of the violence took place in rural areas, where conflict and competing claims over natural resources appear cl ... Completion report 2016: Besides having obtained (most of) the expected results in terms of research results, with a few deviations caused by unhappy incidents like passing away of a dear colleague, we have managed to break the barrier between ...

Monitoring and assessing the impact of vaccinations and other childhood interventions for both boys and girls

  Background: Both observational studies and randomised trials (RCT) have documented that vaccines and micronutrients have non-specific effects (NSE) on child mortality. These effects may be even more important than the spec ... Project Completion Report We managed to conduct the local research training and to national researchers qualified at the PhD or post-doc levels.

Though with some delays (due to factors outside our control) we also managed to su ...

Edible Insects for Improved Food and Nutrition Security at Kakuma Refugee Camp

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Refugee camps are commonly affected by chronic food insecurity and low levels of persistent malnutrition due to reliance on food aid from the international community.  Edible insects, rich in nutrients and commonly ...

Livelihoods and niche markets – A case study of smallholder Kenyan bee keepers

Abstract
Local organic certification schemes offer opportunities for poor rural smallholders to be certified and benefit from organic niche markets access, even if only locally or regionally. Development agencies have increasingly supporte ...

Transboundary animal diseases in East Africa

In East Africa, livestock provides a source of family income for millions of people. A strong livestock sector is therefore crucial for enhancing food security and for reducing poverty in the region. However, endemic diseases of livestock and wildli ... Midterm report 2014: The project has contributed to the existing knowledge and information base concerning FMD in livestock and wildlife in eastern Africa. The findings in the project can be used as a basis for strategies for undertaking furt ...

Resources and Governance in Response to Institutional Voids: Investigating Renewable Energy Partnerships in Kenya

Abstract: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is often referred to as the last frontier of the global economy and represents a challenging environment for business activities. At the same time, limited government capacity to deliver basic infrastructure a ...

The virtuous spirals of Village Savings and Loaning Associations for poverty alleviation through women empowerment: Case studies from Webuye and Mount Elgon constituencies in Kenya

Abstract: Microfinance institutions in Kenya have been criticized for neglecting the financial needs of the poor populations, and this has questioned their credibility as poverty alleviation tools. In the 21st century, the Village Savin ...
1970-1-01 to 2015-13-07 Kenya Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark, Total grant: 0 DKK

Minimizing the exclusionary effects of standards. What works?

Private agricultural sustainability standards have been found to have exclusionary effects on Southern women and smallholders. Standards may deny marginalized actors market access or offer access only under poor working conditions. Standards initiat ... Project Completion Report: The project set out to examine initiatives by sustainability standard-setters to ensure that developing country actors (particularly smallholders and women) are not excluded.

Research on the cut flowe ...

Acceptability of cricket-based biscuits and assessment of gut microbiota composition in schoolchildren. A study in Bondo, Kenya

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Children in Kenya have a high risk of undernutrition. House crickets (Acheta Domesticus) are rich in many nutrients important for growth and development. Including crickets in products for school feeding programs could pre ...

People Speaking Back? Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa (MEDIeA)

MEDIeA’s analytical challenge is to understand the ways and means in which youth as ordinary citizens engage with civil society driven media and communication platforms and what socio-cultural and political outcomes this may have. The core inquiry o ... Completion Report - Summary: The research outcomes have been gathered in the above mentioned outputs of books, articles, chapters and the two PhD dissertations, in addition to many presentations at international conferences.

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Changing natural habitats under future climates

Forest ecosystems are increasingly under threat from climate and land use changes and degradation. Conservation and sustainable use strategies could include the diversification of agricultural landscapes, restoration of degraded landscapes and conse ... Completion Report - Summary: Eastern Africa has a wide range of rich natural habitats, which offer invaluable services and products. These habitats and their species are, however, under pressure due to land use changes, human population press ...

Alleviating Childhood Malnutrition by Improved Utilization of Traditional Foods (WINFOOD)

Overall aim: to develop nutritionally improved foods for infants and young children in low-income countries, based on improved utilization of traditional foods (semi-domesticated and wild indigenous foods from uncultivated land or aquatic environmen ... Project Completion Report: The WinFood project have successfully brought together an interdisciplinary research group in Cambodia, Kenya and Denmark, and identified how locally available foods can be used for improved feeding of children duri ...

Health Education, Action Competence and Teacher Training Colleges in Kenya

The project investigates, to which degree Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) in Kenya support or inhibit the implementation of the Education-For-All (EFA) strategy, and to which degree TTC supports or inhibits students teachers’ development of compete ... Project Completion Report: The expected project/ publication and communication/capacity building activities have been carried through as described in the project plan. Project/ publication activities include three articles about health learni ...

Claiming Democracy – Building Citizenship: A case study of Bunge la Mwananchi as a social movement and a public sphere.

Abstract This is a case study of the social and political movement Bunge la Mwananchi, based on empirical data collected during a 4-week fieldtrip to Kenya, inspired by constructivist grounded theory. It integrates social movements theory, publ ...

Non-Communicable Diseases Risk Factor Surveillance in Kenya: Analysis of Policy Aspects as Barriers of Strategy Design and Implementation

Abstract Kenya is a developing country currently grappling with a double disease burden. An alarming increase in non-communicable diseases (NCD) threatens to cripple the health system. As NCDs gain attention, it is becoming apparent ...

Cattle raiding conflict management in Kenya

Although long perceived as a beacon of development in East Africa, recent violence has made visible the political instability of Kenya. Cattle raiding, while originally a traditional mechanism of acquiring bridewealth and redistributing resources, h ... Project Completion Report 2013: The project was framed through a human security perspective as the data generated highlighted the interconnected nature of cattle rustling with other forms of natural resource conflict suth as human-wildlife co ...

Watermelons for life: The potential of indigenous African genetic resources

Genetic resources of indigenous plant species are important for crop and diet diversity. Watermelon originates from Africa, and indigenous genetic resources have potential both as a source of protein and fat (seeds), carbohydrates, fibres and vitami ...

A population genomics approach to assessing the impact of climate change on the evolution and dynamics of East African bovids

The objective of the project is to assess the impact of climate change on the demographic history, i.e. population size changes in African bovids and to infer the distribution of genetic lineages through time and space. The output is expected to inc ... The project has provided important insights into the history of large African mammals within the last 100,000 years. Notably, we have assessed the effect of past climate change and human activities on a key species, the African buffalo. This reveale ...