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Kibui Edwin Rwigi is a PhD researcher at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. He holds a master’s degree in development studies from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi. He has close to a decade of experience implementing and managing programmes in non-profit, civil society, and research settings in Nairobi, Kenya. In his recent research work, Kibui was part of the ‘Towards inclusive partnerships: the political role of community based organisations and the official development aid system’ project, which was supported by NWO-WOTRO and Include Knowledge Platform. The project interrogated how Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in Nairobi are linked and integrated into aid chains in the ODA system and explored how these linkages shape the everyday dynamics and practices of CBOs in relation to the ‘communities’ in which they are embedded. Kibui's research interests revolve around social policy and participatory governance in urban margins, specifically the micro-politics of informal settlements and their influence on co-produced urban services.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Development Studies, Dissertation: The Effect of Participatory Budgeting on Healthcare Services in Makueni Sub County, University Of Nairobi

1 Sept 201521 Dec 2018

Award Date: 21 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Philosophy - Double Major, University Of Nairobi

15 Oct 200731 Aug 2011

Award Date: 2 Dec 2011

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


  • Urban Governance
  • Co-production
  • Informal Settlements
  • Public Services
  • Water Governance


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