The Mawazo Outreach Programme

The Mawazo Outreach programme is designed to get the high quality research done by the Mawazo Fellows and other African scholars out of the ivory tower and into public dialogue. The goal of this programme is to facilitate open discussion of challenges currently facing the country, and to establish the Mawazo Institute and its Fellows as a source of timely, relevant, and credible research on these topics.   The programme includes a range of events and publications aimed at both leaders from government and industry, and the general public.

Public events

  • Public lectures. We hold quarterly lectures with the Mawazo Fellows on their research, free and open to all. We also aim to hold occasional lectures by distinguished guest speakers, including prominent Kenyan academics and visiting international scholars.

  • Sectoral working groups. We also hold quarterly working group meetings which bring the Mawazo Fellows together with government officials, industry leaders, aid donors, and other academics in their field of expertise. Each quarter, the meeting will feature one of our four sectors of energy, climate change, improved governance and economic policy. Other think tanks in Kenya have found this to be an effective way of connecting key decision makers to the latest research.

  • Nerd Nites. Imagine a TED talk crossed with a happy hour, and you’ve got Nerd Nite – a fun and informal version of the sectoral working groups. These public events feature short lectures on topics of popular interest, and bring together interesting people from all walks of live to discuss these issues and mingle over drinks.

Academic and popular publications

  • A series of occasional papers, policy reports, and published articles. These include a variety of different papers produced by the Mawazo Fellows, which will be available for free download by the public.

  • Op-eds in local newspapers. As a condition of their funding, each Mawazo Fellow is required to write one opinion piece which discusses their research and suggests answers to challenging issues facing the country.

digital and radio communications

  • Digital communications.  We share updates on the Mawazo Fellows and their research, and information about external funding sources which are relevant to East African scholars, through our blog, newsletter, and social media feeds.

  • Radio shows.  Most Kenyan citizens get their news from the radio.  We are in the process of developing partnerships with local radio stations, and will encourage our Fellows to discuss their research on-air in Kiswahili and other local languages in order to make it more accessible to the public.