Machakos County, Kenya and Robertsfors Municipality working for Gender Equality

With support from Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) Machakos County Government in Kenya and Robertsfors Municipality has agreed on working for gender equality and against gender based violence through an approach that customizes policy frameworks on gender equality for each partner, and through various capacity building interventions with and for stakeholders. The workshops where held in Machakos County September 4th-9th 2017 with support from the newly elected deputy governor for Machakos County. I participated as senior advisor.

Rethinking Pacifism Conference in New Zeeland

November 22nd-24th 2017 an important international conference on pacifism, revolution, security and politics will be held at University of Otago, New Zeeland. I am honored to participate at this conference with my paper "Beyond Marginalization of Pacifism and Nonviolence" together with other scholars and activists from different continents. The conference is organized by The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and supported by Marsden Fund.

From Gender Based Violence to Freedom from Violence

ADEP has now started a collaboration with gender- and mediaorganizations in five african countries; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia. The application to Swedish Institute was approved June 2017. A special thanks to Yvonne Anyango, Director for CASDA in Kenya for making this possible. ADEP will work closely with the Peter Söderström and Ira Sundberg, members of the board for the think and do tank Another Development Foundation as well as Kerstin Engström who workes at several Swedish universities and with

Towards Sustainable Waste and Water Management in Kajiado County, Kenya

After a visit by politicians, technical experts and coordinators from The City of Umeå to Kajiado County in Kenya March 2017 decision was made to host a team representing Kajiado County Government and their stakeholders at a program in June 2017 with workshops and study-visits in Stockholm, The City of Umeå, Skellefteå Municipality and Vindeln Municipality. There is a strong commitment from both partners to work for an integrated system for sustainable waste and water management.

Follow-up on ICLD-project in Kampala, Uganda

Busia Municipality and Robertsfors Municipality are working to find solutions in the area of sustainable livelihood for especially the young members in the municipalities. The partners are now finalizing the second year of the project which is funded by Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). The agenda this time included follow-up, workshops and planning as well as a visit at the Swedish Embassy with Jenny Krisch, first secretary for growth and employment, as the host.

Survey of Civil Society in The County of Norrbotten

Together with Malin Lindberg, Associate Professor of Gender and Technology at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, I will conduct a comprehensive survey of civil society in The County of Norrbotten. The survey is commissioned by The Association of Social Economy in North and West Bothnia with financial support from Region Norrbotten. I am very happy to work with professor Lindberg who is specialist on social innovation and participatory research. The report will be available December 2017.