ResearchersProjectPeriodDonorAmount funded
Kenneth Omeje

Title: Peace-building and State-building in a Fragile Rentier State: The Case of South Sudan

(Ongoing research)

2013African Peace Building Network (APN)$ 15,000

Kenneth Omeje, John Mwangi

Title: Beyond the Failed State: Capital Mobilization, Investment and Entrepreneurship among Somali Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya

Main Outcomes: This research recommends various policy options that are likely to be of benefit to various stakeholders, such as the refugee business community, the government of Kenya, as well as inter-governmental bodies and NGOs involved in refugee affairs. Among the recommendations is the need for periodic training of the state’s law enforcement agencies working in refugee environments, mainstreaming of refugee issues into the curricula for training of various law enforcement agencies (police, immigration, customs, and prisons), legal and social empowerment measures to facilitate the movement of the Somali refugee business community from the informal, invisible and underground economies to the mainstream economy. Individual refugees and the refugee community require systematic and regular sensitization regarding their rights, legal status, relations with law enforcement agents, etc.

2011Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI)$ 15,000

Kenneth Omeje; Josephine Arasa; Munyae Mulinge

Title: The War on Terror and the Crisis of Post Coloniality in Africa

Outline: It is a project that ideologically feeds into influential trans historical discourses and portrayal of Africa as a time space of infantilism, requiring endless western propping and chaperoning. Evidently, African political regimes serve as satellite collaborators in the enterprise in a trajectory that the author captures within the discursive framework of post Coloniality

African Journal of International Affairs. ISSN: 0850-7902

2010The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)$ 10000

Kenneth Omeje; Doreen Alusa

Title: Capacity-building for Conflict and Development Intervention in the Great Lakes Region: Bridging the Gap between University Education and Work

Main Outcomes: Institutional and collaborative capacities of three African partner Universities (United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, University of Lubumbashi in DRC and Gulu University in Uganda) developed to play applied functional roles in conflict and development intervention, post-conflict reconstruction, and peace building. They worked in partnership with University of Bradford in the UK. The project expanded and strengthened employability skills and opportunities of undergraduate and graduate students in the cognate fields of study. It reviewed and strengthened g peace, conflict and development studies curricula of the African partner universities; and developed work training/placement schemes for students.

2009DelPHE /British Council$145,765
Kenneth Omeje

Title: Borrowing from the Gods: Oracular Deities as Traditional Sources of Credit among the Igbo of Nigeria

Main outcomes: The study focused on the role of oracular deities as traditional sources of credit among the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria. Borrowing from the gods, the phenomenon is a seemingly dynamic autochthonous tradition among a limited number of local communities of the ethnic Igbo noted for their powerful ancestral deities. The aimed at using the experiences of three ethnic Igbo local communities to enhance the understanding of the history, operation, opportunities and externalities of the relatively unknown fetish divinity credit institution.

2007Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI)$18800

Francis Wambalaba; Caren Ouma; Karen Musikoyo; Everlyne Otiato; Lucy Kahindi; Salome Asena; John K. Otsola; Bonn Jonyo; Evelyn Ndenga

Title: EARMARC Conference

Main Outcomes: The conference aimed at providing a platform on which researchers could showcase their research. It attracted a total of 89 participants including 50 USIU faculty and staff, 14 USIU students, 13 external Kenyan participants, 7 participants from Kenya Commercial Bank and 4 international participants from Nigeria, Tanzania and Sudan. Forty presentations were made by the participants in various disciplines ranging from peace and security, finance management, information technology, sustainable development, food security, farmer operations, agribusiness and urban agriculture, leadership and business operations and corporate governance strategies. Details in the conference summary at


Francis Wambalaba ; John Otsola

Title: Public Policy and Enterprise Development in Africa

Main outcome: A book entitled 'Public Policy and Enterprise Development in Africa 'was launched. It is a collection of studies about the Kenyan economy undertaken by Kenyan researchers with funding from the Investment Climate and Business Environment (ICBE) Research Fund in partnership with Trust Africa. It is intended to enhance evidence- informed policy making in Kenya and on the African continent

2013Trust Africa$4,300

Francis Wambalaba, Akosa Wambalaba, Damary Sikalieh, John K. Otsola

Title: National survey to capture prevalence and capacity of cancer diagnostics and treatment in Kenya

Main Outcomes: The study established the demographic distribution of cancer cases in selected counties in Kenya and the medical capacity to handle cancer cases. The equipment currently available to diagnose and treat cancer cases was also documented. The ten counties are: Uasin Gishu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Machakos, Nakuru, Nyeri, Isiolo, Kisumu, Kakamega and Baringo.

2013Africa Cancer Foundation$8,000

Francis Wambalaba,

Maina Muniafu,

Gidraph Nduati,

Dalton Ndirangu,

Walter Wanyama

Title: Agshare module for Agribusiness training: Impact Assessment

Main outcomes: Five module courses developed to help both farmers and farmer organizations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow farmers to move from a 'farm' to a 'firm'. It involved so-creation using multi institutions of different types community feedback on loops, participation of students on internship in content development, content sharing through commercial farmer producer organizations

2012Michigan State University$39,750

Francis Wambalaba; Charles Mayaka

Title: Certificate program for smallholder agribusiness entrepreneurs in Kenya

Main Outcomes: The Program has improved the leadership and management skills of thousands of smallholder agribusiness entrepreneurs to implement effective operations for their businesses to thrive, and improve their livelihoods. It targets entrepreneurs from the East African region who benefit directly and indirectly through those who have been trained. The Program has produced a scalable model for leadership and management training for smallholder agribusiness entrepreneurs.

2012Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation$800,000

Francis Wambalaba, Akosa Wambalaba, Timothy Okech, David Nerubucha, Leah Mutanu, Susan Kagwiria, John Otsola

Title: Evaluation of the GIZ GBV PPP Model

Main Outcomes: Provided key information on access, management, cost and quality of gender based violence services funded by GIZ and made recommendation for its improvement. The findings indicated that GIZ PPP model has seen enhanced awareness initiatives especially by MRH to break the silence. MHR reported that this effort has exponentially increased the GBV related visits to the facility. The study also gave recommendations to improve this PPP model

2012Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)KES1,200,000

Francis Wambalaba; J. Kimote; G. Nduati; Maina Muniafu; Walter Wanyama; Dalton Ndirangu

Title: Development of AgShare Module for Agribusiness Training: Agribusiness Management for Farmer Organizations

Main Outcomes: This program created a pedagogical platform where stakeholders, including farmer organizations would come together to develop and adopt training materials to help transform farming from a farm to firm. The modules are found on the OER Africa Agriculture repositories. The project was a collaboration of various universities namely: Michigan State Universities, Moi University, Makerere University in Kampala; Uganda, Haramaya University in Ethiopia and USIU.

2010Michigan State University$55,230

Francis Wambalaba; P. Machoka Akosa Wambalaba

Title: E-money for Enhancing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at Bottom of the Pyramid: A Case Study for m-Banking in Kenya

Main Outcomes: The study found that the mobile phone did not only succeed in penetrating the low income market, but was bound to grow at phenomenal rates as traditional banks scrambled to join the market with even newer concepts. To further improve its prospects, it was recommended that the devices be modified in line with Jamii Bora’s experiences so as to be more versatile with the needs of low-income groups. It was also recommended that banks and Telecos form stronger partnerships with microfinance institutions and government support to enhance financial services in low income communities.

2010Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI)$15,000

Francis Wambalaba, Akosa Wambalaba,

Damary Sikalieh

Title: Public Private Partnership Strategies for Urban Development


Main Outcomes: Identified success factors for initiating and enhancing PPPs which included private sector initiative, shared interests in the project, good organizational reputation, history of the project success and cost of the initiative. ,

2009ICBE/ Trust Africa$50,000

Francis Wambalaba; David Nerubucha Akosa Wambalaba

Title: The Impact of Improved Water Supply on MDGs: A Comparative Analysis among Rural Households of Sikulu and Sinyerere in Kenya

Main Outcomes: to improve on the livelihood of rural farmers through enhancing access to water for irrigation by improving the water harvesting technologies. It was a participatory case study where the farmers were in charge of decision making for the success and sustainability of the project. USIU provided technical skills backstopping in installation water harvesting technologies and farmer sensitization

2008Commission for Higher Education, KenyaKES3,000,000

James Kahindi; Maina Muniafu

Title: Exploration of Indigenous Plants for Sustainable Medicinal Utilization in Kenya

Main Outcome: The use of traditional medicine and medicinal plants in Kenya as a normative basis for the maintenance of good health is still practised in most parts of the country. The vast knowledge of such plants is now beginning to be acknowledged by the scientific world; as is the role played by indigenous people as custodians of this genetic heritage. The striking coincidence between indigenous medicinal plant uses and scientifically-proven phytochemical and pharmacological properties shows that the traditional remedies are an important and effective part of indigenous healthcare systems. Medicinal plants provide huge opportunities for local communities' development, healthcare and livelihood improvement.

2011Novus International$10,000

James Kahindi; Maina Muniafu

Title: Bio fuels and biodiesel Projects

Main Outcomes: The project successfully piloted the production of biofuels from cassava for domestic use, working with Basi Mwangaza Community Group, a self-help group in Kilifi District, Kenya. The community is now able to produce fuel for cooking and lighting in their homes.

Successful contribution to research on alternative motor fuel. Researchers have created a biodiesel processed from used vegetable oil that proved efficient on Mercedes Benz and 'Tuk Tuk’ engines, and was less corrosive than previous fuels created by different researchers, which corroded engines and worked only with specific vehicle models.


Josephine Arasa; Violet Wawire

Title: Enhancing Access to science and technology careers in higher education for students with disabilities through mentoring.

Main Outcomes: 75 students from the participating school were mentored in general academic work and science and technology skills leading to positive career aspirations among the students. Leadership skills enhanced for mentors for sustainability and replication of the mentorship program.


Amos Njuguna; Francis Wambalaba; J. Kimote; Virginia Thuku; Leah Mutanu; John K. Otsola

Title: Critical Success Factors for a Sustainable Micro Pension Scheme in Kenya

Main Outcomes: Recommendations made for immediate implementation including targeting increased participation in the current centralized system by following up on inactive subscribers and publicizing success stories; educating the informal sector participants on the need to save for retirement through the use of television and brochures; provision of information on the current centralized system in terms of the roles of the various service providers with an emphasis on the simplicity of processes and ability to claim benefits. These will lead to development of a unique regulatory framework to address unique pension needs of the informal sector and establishment of a multi-employer system and structure that will protect participants from market down turns

2010Retirement Benefits AuthorityKES 2,300,000

Amos Njuguna; Peter Kiriri; John K. Otsola

Title: Factors Affecting the Adoption of Financial Literacy in Pension Schemes among Kenya Employees

Main Outcomes: Policy recommendations: Kenya should have a national financial literacy strategy that should include retirement planning. The strategy should aim to equip Kenyans with lifelong understanding of finance and pension matters and should be made in consultation with all the relevant stakeholders (business, government and non-governmental organizations); RBA should seek partnerships with interested parties (universities, colleges and NGOs) on the provision of finance and pension literacy programs; RBA should mandate pension scheme trustees to orientate members once they join the pension schemes and make it a compliance requirement; Taxation incentives can be introduced to encourage both employers and employees to encourage work place financial literacy

2010Retirement Benefits AuthorityKES2,199,000

Amos Njuguna,

Francis Wambalaba,

Dr. Kiriri

Mr. Otsola

Title: A Survey of Micro-Insurance Service Providers in Kenya

Outcomes: The survey involves reviewing the products that the Insurance Regulatory Authority has licensed commencing 2009 to 2011. It involves seeking the views of the insurance companies on the approval process of new products and interviewing consumers of those products to find out whether they actually enjoy the features that IRA approved of those products and the prices charged. The research is executed by use of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and carries out Randomized Controlled Trials. It is aimed at improving the approval process of new insurance.

International Journal of Financial Research Vol. 4, No. 1, 2013

2010Insurance Regulatory AuthorityKES1,974,500

Josephine Arasa

Title: Sexual and reproductive health and the rights of adolescents with disabilities in Kenya: An analysis of policy programs and needs

2010The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA$15,000

Munyae Mulinge

Title: A Comparative Study of Policies and Practices Pertaining to Postgraduate Research in Universities in East and Southern Africa today: Implications for the Quality of Research.”

Main outcomes: To demonstrate similarities and differences in policies and practices pertaining to postgraduate research in each country and across the three countries on focus by the study (Kenya, Botswana and South Africa); similarities and/or differences in views about the policies and practices between student-faculty will also be established. The results will have important implications for quality of postgraduate research in all institutions studied.

2012The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA$ 25,000

Charles Mayaka

Title: GoldmanSachs 10,000 Women Program

Main Outcomes: The program has two main goals: increasing the number of underserved women to receive a business and management education and improving the quality and capacity of business and management education around the world. Over 236 women have graduated through the Program so far.





Sylvester Namuye

Title: Leveraging health through the enhancement of information access using mobile and service oriented technology



Jimmy Macharia

Title: Consultancy to manage ICT strategy implementation for Teachers Service Commission


2013Teachers Service CommissionKES14,350,000

Tabitha Ndung’u

Title: A national survey on drug abuse in Kenya



Charles Mayaka

Crafting a Business and Marketing Strategy for a New Market: The case of Safaricom Limited (USIU 05-01-01)


Charles Mayaka and Mbithe Anzaya

Business Growth Strategies, Product-Market Expansion Matrix, Risk and Opportunities Analysis, Market Entry Strategies, and Marketing Strategies in Manufacturing: The case of Bidco Oil Refineries (USIU 05-02-01)


Gerald Chege and Mbithe Anzaya

Using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to Remain Competitive: The Case of Commercial Bank of Africa, (USIU 05-03-01)


Catherine Munene

Corporate Strategy, Strategy Formulation, External Environment Analysis, Internal Environment Analysis, Company Analysis, and Change Management in Airline Industry: The Case of Kenya Airways (USIU 05-04-01)


George K’aol and Peter Kiriri

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in Manufacturing: The case of Alpha Medical Manufacturers Limited (A) USIU 05-05-01)


Gerald Chege and Teresia Linge

Contingency Approach to IT Management, IT Diffusion, and Wide Area Networks (WAN). The Role of Information Systems in Organizations: Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) Limited (A): (USIU 05-06-01)


George K’aol and Francis Gatumo

New Product Development Strategy, Financing Decisions, and Technological Innovations: The State of the Art Continuous Galvanizing Line Project Mabati Rolling Mills Limited (A) (USIU 05-07-01)


Peter Lewa and Charles Mayaka

Change Management, Competition, and Strategic Management. Firestone East Africa (1969) Limited (A): Survival in the Tyre Industry in Kenya after Liberalization (USIU 05-08-01)


Gerald Chege and Jimmy Macharia

Porter’s strategic theory, sustainable competitive advantage – business governance and IT, governance; relationship between Information Technology, Information Systems and Competitive Advantage: The Case of Symphony Limited (USIU 06-01-01)


Mbithe Anzaya and Catherine Munene

Strategy/Human Resource/Regional Expansion/Managing Quality in Distribution: Davis & Shirtliff Limited (USIU 06-02-01)


Peter Kiriri and Jimmy Macharia

Porter’s strategic theory, Scott Morton’s Governance Models, and the relationship between Information Technology, Information Systems and Competitive Advantage for Internet Service Providers: The case of Wananchi Online (USIU 06-03-01)


Francis Gatumo and Teresia Linge

Investments in Mining and Manufacturing: The Case of Athi River Mining (USIU 06-04-01)


Charles Mayaka and Mbithe Anzaya

Distribution/ Management of Logistics in Industrial and Allied Sector. Magadi Soda Company Limited (USIU 06-05-01)


George K’aol, Francis Gatumo and Teresia Linge

Entrepreneurship in Horticulture Industry: The Case of Magana Flowers Limited (USIU 06-06-01)


Charles Mayaka, Dipti Fernandes and Duncan Muguku

Management of Change, Ethics, systems and operations efficiency in Manufacturing: The Case of Unga Group Limited (USIU 06-07-01)


George K’aol and Francis Wambalaba

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in Horticulture: The Case of Homegrown Kenya Limited # USIU 06-08-01


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