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Research Professor, Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi

Prof. Karuti Kanyinga is an accomplished development researcher and scholar with extensive national and international experience and exposure. He has carried out many research programmes and projects at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, in the last 29 years. He has published extensively on development and governance and is renowned for his contributions to scholarship and knowledge in governance and development.
Prof. Kanyinga is renowned particularly for his extensive research and publications on land rights; civil society and development; ethnicity and development; and electoral politics and development. In addition to contribution to scholarship, he has experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of major development programmes; he has experience in tracking implementation of development programmes.
Prof. Kanyinga has been engaged in graduate teaching and training programmes at the IDS and undertakes several administrative and research responsibilities at the Institute. He has conceptualised, sought funding and coordinated several research projects at the University. Prof. Kanyinga has supervised many MA and PhD students at the IDS, other departments of the University of Nairobi. He is an external examiner in several universities in Eastern and Southern Africa region where he has examined many undergraduate and graduate students.
Prof. Kanyinga’s work has a strong practical bent. He has been involved in the design and implementation of several large-scale program interventions in governance and development. He has led teams of project managers and researchers in the delivery of large, complex multi-donor funded initiatives. He is widely travelled and has participated in many international conferences and events and presented papers on governance and development issues. He has served as a resource person in the area of governance, project planning and implementation, among others, for many international organizations including the World Bank, USAID and other bilateral agencies. Further, he made intellectual contributions to the society through participation in community development efforts as well as providing intellectual insights on many national and international issues. He has served as a resource person in the area of development studies for many international organisations in Africa.


  • 2010–2020
    Professor , University of Nairobi