The Mawazo Policy Lab

The Mawazo Policy Lab brings leaders from government and industry together with academics and members of civil society to discuss the most pressing challenges facing Kenya today.  The goal of this programme is to provide a space for wide-ranging, solution-oriented discussions between the key players on specific policy issues in our priority research areas of energy and climate change.  Participants will be encouraged to share their expertise, but also to break down preconceived notions of how solutions might be achieved, and brainstorm innovative ways of accomplishing shared goals.  

Participation in Policy Lab events is by invitation only.  If you're interested in learning more about the Policy Lab, please contact us


  • Big Ideas In Energy/Climate Roundtables.  These roundtables are aimed at generating new ideas about the future of the energy sector and the right path towards addressing impacts of climate change in Kenya.  Participants will be encouraged to step past some of their preconceived notions and connect with people they might not normally have spoken to.  To this end, the invited guests will include not only government and industry leaders, but civil society activists, academics, and members of groups which are directly affected by energy access issues and climate change.

  • Expert Roundtables.  These roundtables will bring together experts on specific policy issues – such as off-grid solar, or the effects of climate change on pastoralists’ livelihoods – for in-depth discussions within their areas of expertise.  The results of these discussions will be used to guide Mawazo’s research agenda in our priority sectors. 

  • Research Matchmaking.  These events pair Mawazo Scholars and Fellows and other local researchers with decisionmakers in government and industry for brief discussions of the interests and concerns of each group.  This gives researchers the chance to better understand the concerns of policymakers, and policymakers the chance to learn about existing research resources and connect with scholars who could help to answer their questions in the future.  Funding will be available to support pilot projects which grow out of the matchmaking events.