INASP has been working with Kenya since 2002. Below you will find information on the areas we are currently working on with our partners there.
Research Access and Availability
INASP negotiates with international publishers to secure national licenses on behalf of KLISC (Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium), for free or significantly discounted online access to journals and books. To find out what is available to researchers and students in Kenya, click on ‘Research literature’ below.
We support training in a range of areas related to digital information management and library consortium development. Our training materials can be downloaded in the Training courses and downloads section. To see what events have taken place recently in your country or are coming up soon, take a look at the ‘Events’ section on the right.
We are working on a pilot project to review the postgraduate curricula used at the Library and Information Science (LIS) school at Kenya Methodist University, to ensure that those graduating as professional librarians from library schools are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively support researchers’ and students’ needs in a digital world.
Research Production and Communication
We support local research communication through our AuthorAID project. This includes research writing courses, an active discussion list and a mentoring platform that matches early career researchers to more experienced researchers.
We support local research dissemination through the Journals Online (JOL) projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This includes hosting online peer-reviewed journals plus running training courses on strengthening the quality of local journals. The JOLs provide a cost-effective and secure forum for online journals, which gives them greater online visibility and discovery. Journals from Kenya are included on AJOL, a project that was handed over to South African management.
Evidence-Informed Policy Making
We work in the area of evidence-informed policy making via the VakaYiko Consortium. The VakaYiko Consortium is a three-year project to build the capacity for use of research evidence by policymakers. Capacity in this context refers to the behaviours, skills and attitudes that enable the use of research evidence to support decision making.
The VakaYiko grants scheme supports practitioners in low and middle income countries to build capacity for research use. We are interested in projects that enhance our understanding of how policymakers can be supported, through practical measures, to make more effective use of evidence. Practitioners in developing countries are better placed to adapt approaches to resource constrained environments, make them relevant to local contexts, and react quickly to political changes. Such practice-based knowledge has an important role to play in the design of interventions to enhance access and use of research evidence in decision making.
In Kenya, INASP works with ACTS which is a leading intergovernmental policy research think tank working on issues of science, technology, innovation and sustainable development in Africa. Its mission is to enlarge the range of policy choices for Africa’s sustainable development. For more information, please see: www.acts-net.org.
About the project
The Kenya Climate Science, Technology and Policy Roundtables project works to help bridge the gap between research and policy making on climate change in Kenya and to strengthen the links between Kenyan climate policymakers, researchers and think tanks. It does this through a series of roundtables bringing together researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to debate climate policy, and a job-shadowing scheme partnering ACTS scientists with high-level policymakers.