On March 2020 the U.N Networks Strategy Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) chose the University of Nairobi and Moi University to jointly co-host the SDSN-K network. The Department of Diplomacy and International Studies hosts the SDSN chapter of the University of Nairobi while the Center for Public Sector Reforms (CPSR) hosts the Moi University chapter.
The main objective of SDSN-K is to mobilize universities to contribute to the implementation of SDGs in Kenya. This is based on the understanding that universities have a unique and critical role in helping the world achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their research, teaching, operations and community leadership. Specifically, the network was established to spearhead the inclusion of SDGs in the teaching curriculum of the Kenyan universities.
The SDSN-Kenya is managed by a secretariat which is co-chaired by Dr. Patrick Maluki of DDIS and Dr. James Chelang’a of CPSR in Moi University. Mr. Wesley Chirichir is the Network manager and he is assisted by Dr. Stella Kasiva of JKUAT. The network has an 11-person strong Leadership Council who includes:
- Prof. Miriam Were - a renown philanthropist,
- Prof. Paul Kamau of the IDS, University of Nairobi,
- Prof. Mining of Moi University,
- Prof. Daniel Sila Ndaka of KUAT,
- Dr. Emily Sitienei of Moi University
- Prof. Damiana Kieti of Moi University,
- Mr. Stephen Kirimi M’mwamba - from the civil society,
- Dr. Jennifer Muchiri of the University of Nairobi,
- Dr. Patrick Maluki-Co - Chair (UoN),
- Dr. James Chelang’a - Co-Chair (Moi).
SDSN-K was launched on 24th September, 2020 and since then it has:
- Authored 8 academic papers which are being published in the Habitat Journal of the Department of Architecture, University of Nairobi
- Written a strategic plan to guide its operations for the next five years.