International engagements:

  1. Member,  team of African Scholars identified to conduct country studies to provide background country information for the preparation of the Economic Report for Africa (ERA) 2013 by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The theme of the ERA2013 is “Reaping the benefits of value addition for industrialization and structural transformation for Africa”.
  2. Participated in the preparation of the Kenya African Gender and Development Index for the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Development. The preparation of the AGDI is an initiative of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) deriving from its mandate to coordinate, support, monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation of international and regional human rights agreements on the rights of women at country level.

Participation in academic activities:

  1. Participated in the conference on Economic Development in Africa at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK.
  2. Participated in the Annual Conference of the International Association for Feminist Economics, in Barcelona Spain from 27-29 June 2012. The conference theme was “Human wellbeing for the 21st Century: Weaving Alliances for Feminist Economics”.  During the conference, presented a paper on “Occupational Distribution of Women in the Labour market: Opportunities and Constraints for Poverty Reduction in Kenya”
  3. Member of a team of peer reviewers for the Economic Report for Africa 2013 on “Reaping the Benefits of Value Addition”. The external Peer Review Meeting was in held in Cape Town, South Africa from 28-29 November 2012.
  4. Panellist at the launch of the book “Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity” on 19th September 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. The book is a publication of the United Nations Industrial Organisation (UNIDO) and looks at how to move from an agriculture led strategy in Africa to an agribusiness development strategy with market demand as the driving force. The book is a culmination of a series of research carried out in eight African countries. Prof. Atieno contributed the background study on Kenya, which has since been published separately under the title “Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity: Country Case Studies” as a working paper.
  5. Participated in the Workshop on Studies on Growth with Equity organised by United Nations International Labour Office (ILO) and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), on 28th September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi. The workshop was aimed at disseminating the results of the study on growth with equity in Kenya and receiving views from the stakeholders. Prof. Atieno presented results on the Kenyan study on “Informal Employment: Evolution Causes and Consequences”. The book published from this study is due out soon.


  1. Coordinated the preparation of the second and third Kenya Human Development Reports.
  2. Coordinated the African Peer Review Mechanism study on the social and economic Development pillar.
  3. Coordinated the conceptualisation and implementation of faculty research and thesis dissemination programmes for the Collaborative Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) programme of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).
  4. Formally member of the Academic Board of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), whose main responsibility was to oversee the development and running of the Regional Collaborative M.A. Programme in Economics.

Academic Reviews:

  1. Reviewer for the following academic journals:
    1. Regional Development Studies  journal, a journal of the University of Nairobi and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) Nagoya Japan.
    2. Feminist Economics, a journal of the International Association for Feminists Economists, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Former external evaluator of project proposals for the NUFU programme of the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education. This is a collaborative programme between institutions of higher education and research (mainly universities) in Norway and similar institutions in the south. 

`     Community Services:

  1. Member of board of governors of schools.
  2. Mentoring of students in local schools.
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