Primary Outcome: A new gender responsive budgeting tool developed and shared with stakeholders by 2025.

Dr. Stephen Muathe has a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Management from Kenyatta University and over 15 years’ experience working in higher education Institutions. Moreover, Dr. Muathe is trained on Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation and is a certified Train The Trainers (TTT) in Applied Entrepreneurship Education Programme (AEEP). He has consulted and received grants from various organizations such as the Sustainable Inclusive Business/Kenya Private Sector Alliance, World Bank, NRF Kenya and The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) among others. His research interest is on Financial Inclusion, Sustainability in MSMEs, Gender in MSMEs, Women Economic Empowerment & e-commerce. He is a full member of the Kenya Institute of Management. Recently Dr. Muathe and a team of other researchers in the University won a grant on Initiative for What Works for Women Economic Empowerment (IWWWEE) funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for five years. In the project Dr. Muathe is a researcher in the sub-theme: Gender responsive budget: Tracking effects of budgeting and spending on women economic empowerment initiatives. Dr. Muathe has published over 100 peer reviewed journals; some of his recent publication include: From Attention to Action: Entrepreneurial Networks and Performance of Women-Owned Enterprises: A Theoretical Review, Effect of Covid-19 Pandemic on Performance of Women Owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya, Changing Landscape in Credit Management and Loan Performance in Kenya: Reality or Illusion in Microfinance Institutions in Kenya, Governance Issues, Quality and Sustainability: Fact or Fallacy in Youth Empowerment Projects in Kenya and Loan Repayment and Sustainability of Government Funded Micro-Credit Initiatives in Murang’a County, Kenya. Dr. Muathe is an accomplished research mentor at undergraduate and graduate levels in a number of universities in Kenya.

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