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ACTS has a new leadership. Dr. Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng took over the position of Executive Director on March 1, 2014. Dr. Ochieng brings a wealth of experience to ACTS and its Mission aimed at strengthening the capacity and policies of African countries and institutions to harness science and technology for sustainable development. A graduate of Cambridge and Oxford universities,Dr. Ochieng has a solid background in research, policy analysis and capacity building in agriculture and food security; green economy and climate change; biodiversity and natural resource management; extractive industries governance; trade, environment and development.


National Consultative and Training Workshop on Mainstreaming Climate Change into Policies and Programmes in Kenya

Date: 31st to 1st April, 2014

Venue: Kenya School of Government (KSG)

The workshop will lay a foundation for a broader outreach programme across the 47 counties. It builds on other previous efforts by PACJA, ACTS, the Government of Kenya, among other stakeholders, who have spearheaded various collaborative efforts aimed at strengthening networking and awareness creation on climate change. It will also feed into the ongoing national consultation to formulate the national climate change policy as well as the National Climate Change Bill, expected to be in place by June 2014.

Three representatives from each county (totaling to 141), representing a cross-section of stakeholders; farmers, women, youth, indigenous peoples, people with disability etc. – will be identified through a transparent process by the national planning committee constituted to plan the meeting. Representatives from Government, key civil society and private sector actively involved in the process will also be invited. A total of 150 participants are expected to participate.

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Call for Papers - 12th Globelics International Conference Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

The 12th Globelics Conference will be organized in collaboration between Addis Ababa University and Adama Science and Technology University and held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As with previous conferences, the conference intends to bring together scholars from different disciplines to enhance the quality of innovation studies in relation to development and growth in the context of globalization and accelerating pace of change. The conference will combine presentation of research papers in parallel tracks with panel discussions and plenary lectures. This year’s key note lectures will be given by the world leading scholars on innovation and development, Martin Bell (the 2014 Freeman Lecture) and Calestous Juma (the 2014 Globelics Lecture).

For More informartion please visit AfricaLics website


AfricaLics Research & book project proposal funding call Now Open! Closing date: 10th March 2014

Globelics and AfricaLics Secretariats invite applications from African researchers for proposals for research activities.

Specifically, applications may take the following three forms:

  • Realising a book project or journal special issue based on existing or almost finalised research (to a total budget of 30,000 USD).
  • Developing a project proposal where the outcome is a proposal to be submitted to an external funding body within 18 months of initiation (to a total budget of 30,000 USD).

For more information please visit Africalics website.


Inception workshop on:  "Gasifier Cookstoves Dissemination in Kenya"

African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in partnership with SNV-Kenya, SCODE and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is organizing for an inception cum brainstorming workshop intended to develop a strategy towards dissemination of gasifier cookstoves in Kenya. Gasifier cookstoves are energy efficient stoves that use both natural and forced draft mechanism for complete fuel combustion producing an output flame of about 8000c .This know-how is one of the most efficient biomass combustion technologies that necessitate clean and affordable cooking mechanism. However, the technology absorption rate is very low in developing countries with limited awareness and lack of suitable delivery models cited as main constrain to its adoption. The objective of this workshop is to share information about gasifier stoves and develop a strategy to be used in dissemination of 2500 gasifier cookstoves within two years. The workshop is scheduled to take place in Nakuru.



December 2013, Hilton Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Clean Energy Development, towards a sustainable Society in Kenya

African Centre for Technology Studies (Nairobi) in partnership with The Energy and Resource Institute (INDIA) has organized for Renewable Energy stakeholders’ Workshop targeting to address the Kenyan context towards accessibility to clean energy. The workshop will highlight key issues regarding both lighting and cooking devices. This will take place in December 2013, at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi.