From the project leader : Dr. Regina Mwatha

We are glad to share with you this first edition of the KU-WEE Hub’s quarterly newsletter. Since our launch in January 2021, we have made major strides in all 12 of our research concepts. During the first phase of our project implementation, we developed the inception report as well as a landscaping report that provided an analysis of the context, trends, status and barriers to women’s economic empowerment in order to validate the current studies being carried out by KU-WEE Hub. It also highlighted research gaps that will form the basis for future research for the hub, and provided timely literature for WEE studies in Kenya.  All our studies are currently at different phases of fieldwork. We have held several stakeholder engagement fora, where we have shared our progress and sought the input of our stakeholders both in government and private sectors, in order to ensure that they understand our work and help us identify gaps in WEE programmes and policies. We have conducted many capacity building workshops to enable our researchers conduct quality research that generates concrete evidence to inform WEE policy and programmes, which is our commitment.

We recently celebrated the first year of the project, where we took stock of our achievements thus far and deliberated on our way forward as we move into the next.

In this edition, we highlight some of the findings of our pilot studies in different areas of our project.  We hope you find this first edition informative, and look forward to sharing more with you in our future editions!


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