2002 : Odongo, C. and Mungai, W (2002), “Empowering Vulnerable Consumers in Africa to Access and Influence Water and Sanitation Services: Case Study of the Korogocho Area”, Consumers Information Network, Nairobi
The project focused on an analysis of the Legal and Institutional Framework in the water and sanitation sector in Kenya in relation to services offered to the urban poor in Korogocho slums of Nairobi.
Mungai, Wainaina (2002), “The African Internet: Impact, winners and losers“, A background paper for the 2″ International conference of the African Youth Foundation (AYF) on Technology and Human Development in Africa, June 6-7, 2002, in Bonn, Germany
I have been a panelist and speaker at several conferences on ICT, broadcasting, youth, gender and sustainable development. These include:
Information Society and Sustainable Development: Next generation policy intersections,
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
(21 September 2005, Geneva, Switzerland)
Can national ICT policies reduce the gap that exists between communities and national policies on the Information Society and sustainable development? This question was explored by a panel comprising Maja Andjelkovic of the IISD, Steve Vosloo of Empowerment for African Sustainable Development (EASD), and Wainaina Mungai of OneWorld International, Kenya.
Messrs Vosloo and Mungai presented their experiences as participants in a project on Next Generation Policy Intersections, conducted by IISD. The goal of the project was to engage young researchers from seven countries in the search for connections between these policy areas. The results of their research have been collected in an IISD book, A Developing Connection, to be released in November.
The panelists presented case studies of South Africa and Kenya, two countries where large numbers live below the poverty line, and where higher penetration of ICTs could boost sustainable development projects. Mr Vosloo examined the importance of developing local content, which he said “is fundamental to building sustainable development”. Presenting the case study of Kenya, Mr Mungai pointed out gaps in that country’s current ICT and sustainable development policies, including a lack of strong ICT policies and divergences between policy and implementation. Among his proposed solutions, he advocated a more aggressive use of existing ICT infrastructure, particularly mobile communications and satellites.