The Mawazo Public Engagement Programme

Participants in a workshop on science outreach hosted by Mawazo in January 2018

Participants in a workshop on science outreach hosted by Mawazo 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.   

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.


Africa Science week is an initiative of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) comprised of concurrent week-long science engagement events taking place in 35 countries across the continent. The 2018 Kenya edition of the event, Africa Science Week - Kenya (ASW-Kenya), was held from December 3rd to 7th 2018 under the theme ‘Science at Work in Kenya.’ Throughout this week, ASW-Kenya activities and events showcased the hidden ways members of our society engage in science and the deep influence science has over our daily lives.  ASW-Kenya 2018 was coordinated by a team led by Dr. Rose M. Mutiso, CEO of the Mawazo Institute and NEF Ambassador for Kenya, with major funding from L’Oréal Foundation, Next Einstein Forum, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and the Mawazo Institute.

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.