Partnership for Gender Equality

Once again important dialogue on how to improve situations in Machakos County, Kenya and Robertsfors Municipality. Previously on sustainable development, human rights and inclusion of youth. This time on gender equality. Through support by Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) the parties investigating areas of cooperation in the framework of a process which ICLD denotes as development/broadening with me as an advisor. This is a study visit at national Sami organization with office in The City of Umeå.

Personal at Rotary Clubs in The City of Umeå

Thank you for the invitation to Rotary Clubs in The City of Umeå, and for the chance to be personal about my history working for peace, human rights and sustainable development as well as on my understanding on contemporary challenges and on what I want to do in the future through my company and the newly established organization Another Development Foundation. I am grateful.

Teaching on Poverty and Development at Umeå University

Back home from Kenya, I am assigned to teach at a course on poverty and development at The Department of Political Science, Umeå University starting March 27th. It is a course at undergraduate level within the subject Peace and Conflict Studies since this subject is connected to questions of poverty, inequality and different forms of violence as well as the meaning of development besides of studying causes of war, armed conflicts and peacebuilding.

Founding Sustainable Tourism in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya and Västerbotten

Region Västerbotten and Elgeyo Marakwet County Government are working together for the purpose of sustainable tourism in relation to other development challenges. The partnership is funded by Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) with me as a senior advisor. Francis Kiplagat in the picture is successful farmer in Rift Valley and one of the stakeholders with an interest in this partnership due to its relevance for agriculture as well as in other dimensions.

Sustainable Waste and Water Management in Kajiado County, Kenya

The work between The City of Umeå, and its company for waste and water management - Vakin - is now up and running through a first assessment of the situation in Kajiado County as well as dialogue on to move towards sustainable management of waste and water. The partnership is funded by Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). My role is the one of senior advisor supporting the steering group and technical teams working in this project.

New Projects in Kenya

In December 2016 projects between The City of Umeå and Kajiado County Government in Kenya and Robertsfors Municipality and Department of Youth, Education and Social Welfare in Machakos County were approved by Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). The projects have a focus on democratic governance at the local level even though the areas of collaboration are different; capacity building for waste and water management, and gender equality. I will be an advisor in both partnerships.