KU-WEE Hub Team meets with the Director General, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

On 10th December, 2020 a team from KU-WEE Hub visited the Director General, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Mr. MacDonald G. Obudho, to brief him and his team on the establishment of the KU WEE Hub and to deliberate on mechanisms for strengthening the partnership. KNBS is a primary partner that will facilitate the Hub’s access to primary and secondary data that the Hub will need to fulfill its made. Among the data sources available at the KNBS include nationally representative household surveys, Economic Surveys, Statistical Abstracts, and government documents. The KNBS has the capacity to design and implement country-wide surveys and field protocols for the KU-WEE HUB studies. In the meeting, the KNBS team made a presentation on “Women’s Economic Empowerment Index in Kenya: Micro-level Estimation.” The KNBS (the pioneer partner of the KU-WEE Hub) and Kenyatta University signed an MoU on 24th July 2020. The KNBS is represented in the KU-WEE Hub Advisory Board and at the Hub’s Technical Committee. It was noted that KNBS has been an active participant in KU-WEE Hub activities with its staff being incorporated as researchers in two of the Hub’s studies: (1) Effectiveness of Women-in-Manufacturing Program in Promoting Participation of Women in the Manufacturing Sector in Kenya, and (2) Gendered Impacts of the Kenyan Government Policy Responses to Covid-19 Pandemic. KNBS will also be participating in the Technical Committee of the Hub

Figure 2: The KNBS Research and Development Director, Mr. Paul Samoei, receives a signed copy of the MoU from the VC, Kenyatta University, Prof. Paul Wainaina, in the presence of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Hon. Prof. Margaret Kobia when she launched the KU-WEE Hub on February 28, 2021.