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The Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, hosted 29 teachers from Denmark for a lecture on Kenya’s development. The Danish teachers visited the University on 17th January 2017.  Prof Karuti Kanyinga, the IDS Associate Director, provided an overview of Kenya’s development trends since independence. He noted that development has often been interlinked to various regimes.

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Two IDS students were awarded doctorate degrees during the 56th graduation ceremony held on 2nd December 2016. Ten students were also awarded Master of Development Studies degrees during the occasion.


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The Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, adopted a new masters degree curriculum in the 2016/2017 academic year. The MA students now pursue Master of Development Studies (MDEV) degree, a shift from MA in Development Studies that was launched in 2000.


The MDEV curriculum takes into account emerging issues that have implications for development. It covers issues such as decentralisation, urbanization, enterprise and entrepreneurship, climate change, security and peace, leadership, social protection and social policy, and financing.

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Prof Karuti Kanyinga

Presenter:  St. Lawrence University visiting faculty on ‘Just a Matter of Time: Kenya’s post-2007 Election Violence, Karen Campus.  5th July 2016.

Moderator: Launch of the African Economic Outlook 2016; and Primary Commodity Booms and Bursts, University of Nairobi/IDS. 14thJuly 2016.

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IDS Project Assistant Raphael Indimuli and MA student Paschaline Basil participated in the Mobilize International Sustainable Transport Summit held in Yichang, China.

The summit was organized by ITDP in collaboration with the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation (VREF) on September 21-24, 2016. It brought together urban transport, researchers, PhD students and development practitioners from around the world to accelerate implementation of sustainable transport projects.

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