The Mawazo Public Engagement Programme

                            Participants in a science education workshop held at Mawazo's offices in January 2018

                          Participants in a science education workshop held at Mawazo's offices in January 2018

The Mawazo Outreach programme is designed to get the high quality research done by the Mawazo Fellows and Scholars, as well as other local experts, into public discourse. 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 and Scholars as a source of timely, relevant, and credible research on these topics.   

Public events

  • Nairobi Ideas Night. Imagine a TED talk crossed with a happy hour, and you’ve got Nairobi Ideas Night  – a fun variety show that provides a platform for local researchers, scholars and other self-identifying nerds to present their work and ideas to the general public in an informal and engaging format. These public events feature short lectures on topics of popular interest, and bring together interesting people from all walks of life to discuss these issues and mingle over drinks. Read more about the inaugural Nairobi Ideas Night and other related events on our blog here. Video from the event can be viewed here. 

  • Public lectures. We hold regular lectures with the Mawazo Fellows and Scholars 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.

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 and Scholars, which will be available for free download by the public.

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

digital and Broadcast communications

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

  • Podcasts and videos.  We will produce short, informative podcasts and videos about our Fellows' and Scholars' research.

  • 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 and Scholars to discuss their research on-air in Kiswahili and other local languages in order to make it more accessible to the public.