I was happy to be invited by Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) to attend their democracy lab March 4th, 2021.

It was an opportunity for representatives from Machakos County, Kajiado County and Makueni County, Kenya to have a dialogue with researchers from different countries who are connected to ICLD on various challenges and how to manage them. The dialogue focused on concrete questions, mostly on matters related to gender equality, raised by the representatives from the counties in Kenya who attended the conversation.

I attended in the capacity of a consultant who have supported several partnerships between local authorities in Sweden and Kenya since 2006.

The conversation was a very fruitful one since it gave the participants an opportunity to talk about how to promote gender equality, local democray and local resilience, and in relation to the effects and consequences of the Corona pandemic.