Recent Publications

Knowledge for Wealth Creation: A Kenyan Perspective

 

Knowledge for Wealth Creation: A Kenyan Perspective illustrates the varied pathways through which knowledge can  be used to transform societies by drawing on examples from five counties in Kenya. Despite the challenges the counties face, evidence indicates that knowledge can be utilized as a tool to transform them.

The University  of Nairobi is to be commended for taking the lead in expanding knowledge boundaries to embrace a multifaceted approach to generating, sharing and utilizing knowledge for wealth creation for the great good of our nation.

 

 

 

Akurinu ChurchesThe Akũrinũ refers to a community of believers whose Church has deep roots in the indigenous beliefs and practices of the Agĩkũyũ people of Kenya. The history of Akũrinũ begins at the dawn of missionary Christianity while their message and ethos, or spirituality, which have evolved over time have been a challenge to the mainstream Christian churches, separatist movements, and African instituted churches.

The Akũrinũ Churches: Background, Development and Theology captures the Akũrinũ history and their intricate web of beliefs and practices in a colonial and post-colonial religious landscape. The book will be of great interest to African Study centres, historians, African philosophy students, and students of Systematic Theology in contemporary colleges and universities.

Nahashon W. Ndung’u is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi.

 

Instructional Supervision

 

Instructional Supervision: Bridging Theory and Practice is primarily meant for lecturers and students of administration and other related disciplines in education. The book is also a useful resource for practicing school managers since instructional supervision has become an important aspect in the area of education in response to the need for institutions to provide quality education.
The general objective of this handbook is to provide skills to the individuals who are charged with the responsibility of supervision of instruction, help teachers grow professionally, and create productive learning environments for students.

 

 

 

Linking Smallholder CoverThis publication features four African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) research papers on the theme: “Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets: Impact of the Purchase for Progress Pilot Programme”. The research is based on monitoring and evaluation data collected by UN and WFP country offices, over the course of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot programme, implemented in 20 countries, in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The volume provides evidence that the P4P initiative addressed an important gap in Africa. The objective of P4P was to link smallholder farmers to markets, through a demand driven and CPB programme. It is, therefore, timely and should inspire policy debates on approaches to encourage market participation and development of smallholder farmers.
The mission of the AERC is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into the problems facing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, and to promote evidence-based policy making in the continent.

 

 

Governance & Development in E. A

 

The broad purpose of the book is to gather evidence that could qualify or disqualify the linkage between the form of governance adopted in East Africa and its development. While the book does not survey the entire continent, it rather follows a case study of East Africa, in an interdisciplinary perspective. The issues covered in the area of governance include, leadership, parliamentarism, NGOs and empowerment, ideologies, feminist perspectives of governance, democratisation, challenges of reproductive health, east African intergration, and foreign policy making.

 

 

 

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UoN Press in partnership with Higher Education Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa (HEP SSA) has published the proceedings of the second Professional Development Workshop on Linking Engineering Academics with Industry.

 

 

 

 

Beyond Poverty in KenyaBeyond Poverty in Kenya and Vulnerability in Kenya employs a benefecial sociological approach and a rich repertoire of practical everyday examples about real people to delve into the political, social, cultural, economic and psychological worlds of the Kenyan society. It attempts to answer the question: why does poverty remain so pervasive in our society notwithstanding the efforts aimed at addressing it?

The book is a tool of paramount importance for a critical evaluation of the history of Kenya since independence especially as it relates to patrimonialism and its related culture of lootocracy and the unequal distribution of state resources.

Mwangi Mathai has made corruption an important topic that should be addressed if poverty and vulnerability have to be overcome. He notes that corruption has become one of the main reasons why majority of Kenyans continue to wallow in abject poverty.

 

Contemporary Oral LiteratureContemporary Oral Literature Fieldwork: A Researcher’s Guide is based on rich research experience dating back to the 1990s. The book interrogates and evaluates works by experts in oral literature and also comments from scholars, thus demonstrating respect for scholarship. The book is written against the backdrop of Africa’s apparent confusion with regard to the place of oral literature in the face of literature from the rest of the world, where oral literature exists in conjunction with new literary forms. It argues that the oral and written literatures are complementary literary forms. 

Peter Wasamba is Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and PhD degrees in Literature from the University of Nairobi. Wasamba is currently working on a research project on digitization and archiving of African oral genres. He has extensive fieldwork experience in the oral literature of various counties in Kenya. 

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