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Prof. Karuti Kanyinga

Director | IDS

Prof. Karuti Kanyinga, a Research Professor of Development Studies, is the current Director of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi. 

Contact Info
Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
University of Nairobi
P.O. Box 30197-00100
GPO Nairobi
Ph.D., Social Sciences, International Development Studies (IDS), Roskilde University, Denmark.
M.A., Government, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
B.A., University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Profile Summary

Karuti Kanyinga is a Research Professor of Development Studies at the Institute for Developent Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi.  He is an accomplished development researcher and scholar with extensive national and international experience. He has published extensively and is renowned for his contributions to scholarship and knowledge in governance and development. Karuti’s research and publications include seminal work on: ethnicity and development; devolution and development; and electoral politics and development. This is in addition to commissioned studies on governance, justice, law and order sector reforms. The publications include:Kanyinga, Karuti (2016). Devolution and New Politics of Development in Kenya. African Studies Review,Vol. 59, No. 3, 155-167. Kanyinga, K. 2014. Kenya: Democracy and Political Participation. A Review by AfriMap, Nairobi: Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, and the Institute for Development Studies, 2014: Kanyinga, K and Okello, D. 2010. Tensions and Reversals in Democratic Transitions: the Kenya 2007 General Elections’.Nairobi: SID/IDS; ‘The Legacy of the White Highlands: land rights, ethnicity, and the post-2007 election violence in Kenya’ In the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 27:3,325-344, 2009; and Kanyinga, K. 2000. Redistribution from above: The Politics of Land Rights and Squatting in Coastal Kenya. Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute

  • World Bank, 2019. Devolution and Service Delivery. On-going assignment.
  • UNODC, 2018. Baseline Survey on Administration of Justice and Alternatives to Imprisonment in Kenya, Nairobi: UNODC.
  • World Bank, 2018. Kenya –National Education Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Appraisal Report. Contracted by the World Bank to prepare an appraisal report on the education sector report.
  • Gatsby Africa 2018: Political Economy of the Commercial Forestry Sector in Kenya: Contracted by Gatsby Africa to conduct analysis of political economy constraints to commercial forestry in order to compare with international case studies.
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