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The new leadership agenda

We are living at a time when progress seems to be giving way to regression. Almost all forms of national governance are undergoing systemic stress and dissatisfaction among their citizens. A contagion of crises, conflicts, and perils has swept the globe in the last half decade, from a global recession, income inequality, climate change, and the recently declared coronavirus pandemic.

OVERVIEW

Coping with these adversities and hazards necessitates harnessing human agency in its most ambitious, effective, and coordinated form. Hence our determination to define, study, and improve governance in its expansive sense. It is also our Think Tank's prerogative and responsibility to come up with bold, pragmatic solutions to the challenges of our age — that is, to help it become a better world.

We put a premium on research that harnesses a deep understanding of the past and applies it to the future. There will always be black swan events. But rather than waiting for them to arrive, we will focus on the predictable context.

We are already turning to the task of prioritizing and focusing their research to answer the big questions of our age. They include:

  1. How can decision makers promote inclusive growth, shared prosperity, and greater opportunity at the local, national, and international levels?
  2. How can communities harness digital technologies and promote innovation while protecting their economies, social compacts, and individual rights?
  3. How can countries avoid damages from climatic disruption while also pursuing economic growth and greater energy access?
  4. How can cities across the globe manage the economic, social, and security implications of increasing urbanization?
  5. How can ACAL’s Think Tank help decision makers anticipate over-the-horizon threats and challenges?

BUSINESS AGILITY AND CONTINUITY

The ongoing COVID-19 socio-economic crisis is forcing business leaders worldwide to take quick actions to respond to the pandemic and its effects on their businesses. Thousands of companies have crafted crisis management plans, with many of them transitioning to a fully virtual workplace.

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HOW WE WORK

The ACAL Think Tank is an independent and non-partisan think-and-do tank, mainly engaged in research in the areas of public policy and strategy, aimed at promoting evidence-based problem solving and decision making.

OUR MISSION

Conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

FROM DATA GENERATION TO AN  EVIDENCE BASED APPRIOACH

Generate quality research that can inform and influence public policies through quality data and rigorous research methods. Analyse available data, draw insights and develop viable policy and strategy proposals . Finally, it is important to discuss those findings and proposals with relevant stakeholders of policy and business communities.

Fact-based information is the fuel democracies run on—the raw material from which societies identify problems and construct solutions.

WHAT WE DO

Big picture thinking

We combine diverse expertise to connect dots and see around corners where others can’t. Build strong relationships at the highest levels of government and the private sector to shift barriers and catalyse transformative partnerships. We use our broad expertise and experience to help navigate digital transformation, and design and invest in breakthrough ideas that make an impact on society and deliver financial returns.

NEW GOALS FOR A NEW CENTURY

As we confront the manifold challenges of this new century, we have resolved to change the way we do business, attempting to do everything better and some things quite differently. The necessary adaptations fall under five goals.

  1. Tighten our focus on the complex of governance issues as an organizing theme of our priorities, activities, products, and partnerships and thereby seek to be a leader in addressing the primary challenges of our time.
  2. Enhance our influence and relevance by engaging new audiences and building new partnerships around the world. This means exploiting more vigorously the tools of the digital age. It also means using new and more effective branding and messaging to clarify who we are, what we do, why it matters, and how citizens can be part of the solution to the major problems of our time.
  3. Promote a culture of collaboration across the Institution and with our clients, since the governance problems we deal with are interdisciplinary, multifaceted, and often shared by other major powers.
  4. Advance inclusion and diversity in all its aspects — in our community as a whole, and, in particular, within our scholarly ranks and management.
  5. Reinforce efficiency and sustainability through disciplined decision-making on how to allocate our resources, whom to hire and for how long, and whether to start or sunset projects.

MEET OUR RESEARCH TEAM

Dr. Nchafatso Obonyo

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

Dr. Obonyo is a Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow at the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) hosted at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. He is a Medical Doctor with 10 years’ experience in clinical research. He is an active member of the Kenya Medical Association, Member of the American College of Cardiology, Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, UK.

Dr. Elisheeba Kiiru

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

Elly Kiiru is a scholar-practioner in education with interests in special education, mathematics, ICT, and comparative international education. She engages in this work because in our complex and challenging world, the stakes in education are high for all our learners. She says earning her doctorate from UT Austin was a noteworthy and humbling achievement.

Dr. Muganda Munir

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

Dr. Muganda Munir is a Senior Lecturer of Finance in the School of Business and Economics, at Kibabii University. He holds a PhD in Finance and Accounting. As a specialist in financial and human capital development, Dr. Munir work has focused on human interventions amongst companies across East Africa on optimal solutions for being competitive.

Finance

Dr. Mercy Mauki

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

Educationist, programme lead, and Lecturer at Africa International University, Mercy has taught at different levels; high school, technical training college, and early childhood. She is a consultant and mentor on issues affecting children, youth and families. She currently works as researcher, curriculum developer, and a couch on the interaction of education and societal issues which affect learning at all levels of education.

Education

Dr. Florence Kamau

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

Florence is a Marketing and Management Professional with more than 15 years of experience training, nurturing, and inspiring students to achieve their greatest potential. She is passionate about marketing, customer service, management, entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism, training and research. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. She is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of Department at Multimedia University of Kenya.

Marketing

Samuel Oyaro

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

As a statistician and psychometrician, Samuel conducts both quantitative and qualitative research and leverages technology to analyze data in SPSS, R, and STATA. He writes reports to address customer needs, business needs, and societal issues. He has helped design psychometric tests for measuring performance and has formulated an aptitude test that can be used in the recruitment process.

Analyst

Robert Siriba

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

A seasoned researcher, Robert has helped in the coordination and completion of over 50 research projects. He published a paper on interest rate capping, which helped Kenyan policymakers make prudent decisions regarding the capping. Currently, he is working as a part-time Research Assistant for Norim Research.

Research

Kepha Ochoi

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

A project lead and technical advisor with over four years in practice, Kepha monitors and evaluates progress at all stages of the project life cycle to ensure deliverables fall within the defined scope, budget and quality. Kepha is PhD Student at UoN Pursuing Project Planning and Management (M&E Specilization) and has led a number of Projects for Broadvision.

Planner

Dr. Boniface Wanjau

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

With a PhD in finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of agriculture &technology and a Masters in economics from Kenyatta University, Dr. Wanjau works as a Lecturer in Economics & Finance. He is an economic issues contributor in local newspapers, a venture capitalist in the fitness industry, and CEO of a real estate company.

Finance

Jairus Kagondu Ndegwa

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

Jairus is a product and project management strategist with an engineering background and experience in ICT, Telecommunication, and energy. He has hands-on expertise in governance, risk and compliance with a mainstay in use of technology in policy, processes and tools towards organizational improvement. He is currently a freelance consultant and a writer focusing on emerging technologies and innovation management in strategy.

Technology

Dr. Sarah Achola

Researcher at ACAL COVID-19 THINKTANK

Sarah focuses her research  on climate change impacts on smallholder farming, vulnerability assessment, climate change adaptation and landscape transitions and coffee value chain analysis. In my free time I enjoy reading, travelling and writing. She has developed a keen interest in researching on indigenous knowledge for adaptation and linking it with science-based solutions for the development of sustainable frameworks for adaptation and food security

 

 

Technology

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