Moi University and the University of Eldoret jointly devoted the annual KDSA conference to “The Role of Universities and Research Institutions in Realisation of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda."

Those are enhancing manufacturing, food security and nutrition, universal health coverage and affordable housing. 100 participants traveled to Eldoret to discuss the (dis)connection between academia and policy making in the country, and to develop suggestions how scholarship and research can be integrated better in decision making of the government.

Prof. Lukoye Atwoli introduced the topic of health care and explained how Moi University School of Medicine contributes to quality health care through training, research and best practice dissemination. Besides that, palliative health care, traditional medicine and universal health insurance were discussed. Prof. George Onyango spoke about affordable housing with regard to the situation of urban planning in Nairobi. According to him, the government needs to amend the land policies to ensure easy land ownership.

After the conference, the KDSA discussed during its AGM how activities of current university chapters of the organization could be supported and how DAAD Alumni outside academia can be involved. It also considers publishing its own journal.

Welcome to the new KDSA leadership:

  1. Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Daniel Orwenjo (TUK)
  2. Vice Chairperson: Dr. Fredrick Nyamwala (Moi University)
  3. Secretary General: Dr. Benard Juma (MMUST)
  4. Vice Secretary General: Dr. Dorcas Kavembe (SEKU)
  5. Treasurer: Dr. Pamela Oloo (Maseno University)
  6. Assistant Treasurer: Dr. Judith Makwali (University of Eldoret)
  7. NEC Member: Dr. Regina Bwire (MMUST)
  8. NEC Member: Dr. Euna Nyarige (Machakos University)
  9. NEC Member: Dr. Nicholas Ajwang (Pwani University)