How can we work better in COMMUNITIES to make SCIENCE that has POLICY relevance?
This is the big question that the CoDEC team set out to answer during the CoDEC regional workshop held in Nairobi from the 9-11 of April, 2018. The workshop brought together the CoDEC consortium from three universities: University of Nairobi (Living Lab team); Makerere University (Urban Action Lab team); and Stellenbosch University (uMAMA research team).
On Day 1 of the workshop, stakeholders from Kenya joined the CoDEC team to discuss the energy-health-housing nexus based on CoDEC’s research in Mathare informal settlement. In attendance were stakeholders from Mathare settlement; Ministry of Energy; Energy Regulatory Commission; Kenya Power; Nairobi County Council; NASAC; IDRC-Kenya; IRD-Kenya; Afrinet Capital; and Planning/Design/Policy/Innovation/Energy experts from University of Nairobi. The stakeholders had round-floor discussions in the morning and a field trip to Mathare-Kosovo village in the afternoon, where they me with community leaders, business owners and residents.
On Day 2 and 3, the CoDEC team bonded over delicious meals and lots and drinks! In between, they discussed comparative research results; methodology and frameworks; policy work; and the way forward for CoDEC!
CoDEC (CodesigningEnergyCommunities) is funded by the #LIRA2030 program that is managed by NASAC-ICSU-ISSC, with support from SIDA. Additional funding for the CoDEC Nairobi team came from the #AfriCLP program funded by IDRC.