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Dr Edward Ontita

2002-to date Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Research & Programs Development Director at the Center for Rural Economy Support Services (CRESS, a development NGO in Nairobi, Kenya


BA (1990, University of Nairobi); MA (1996, University of Nairobi); PhD (2007, Wageningen University)
Also: 2002-to date Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Research & Programs Development Director at the Center for Rural Economy Support Services (CRESS, a development NGO in Nairobi, Kenya
Formerly: 1998 - 2002 Planning, Monitoring & Evaluations Officer, ADRA Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya; 1995 - 1998 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology, university of Nairobi, Kenya; 1991 - 1995 Consultant in community education, research, training of trainers & workshop/seminar facilitation; 1989 - 1991 Research Assistant, Participatory Action Research (PAR) project in Kitui and Kakamega Districts, Kenya;
Areas: Trainer in participatory methodologies, extension, community development, project planning & management. Skills and experience in: Action & Basic Research, M&E, Social & Agricultural Policy Analysis, Community Mobilization for the promotion of development in disadvantaged areas as well as the integration of women in the development process, Rural and Food Security Studies; Project design, planning, management, coordination, monitoring & evaluation skills & experience: Participatory Action Research in Kakamega & Kitui districts (University of Nairobi with funding from Ford Foundation); Ikutha Food Security Project in Kitui district (ADRA KENYA with funding from USAID); Masii Water Project in Machakos district (ADRA KENYA with funding from CIDA - Canadian International Development Agency); Southern Kitui Drought Mitigation Project in Kitui district (ADRA KENYA with funding from OFDA - Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of USAID); HIVIAIDS Awareness for the Youth in Southern Kenya covering 10 Southwestern Kenya Districts, (ADRA KENYA with funding from SIDA - Swedish International Development Agency); Networking and liaison with donors, consultants, researchers, NGOs, CBOs, communities, private companies and other stakeholders for support and collaboration; Experience in: University level teaching, qualitative and action research, project evaluation and base line surveys. Training in participatory methodologies, project management, monitoring & evaluation, and strategic planning
Publications: 1. In P.O. Chitere and R. Mutiso (Eds.). Working with Rural Communities: A participator?, Action Research in Kenva. Nairobi: Nairobi University Press, 1991 >>Chapter 15: The rural development situation in Kabras and Mwingi areas. (co-authored) >>Chapter 16: Village communities in Kenya with emphasis on Kabras Area (co-authored). >>Chapter 17: The role of Village Headmen in Rural Development. >>Chapter 18: P.A.R project's experiment with community Education (co-authored); 2. Foreword to Paul Barton-Kriese, Nonviolent Revolution. Shirikon Publishers, Nairobi: 1995. 3. Forestry and Food SecuriQ in Kenya: The case of South-West Mau Forest (Nairobi: Forest Action Network, 2000) - with L. Kang'ethe; 4. Theory and Practice of Governance in Kenva: Toward Civic Engafement (Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press, 2006) (co-author); 5. Negotiating Livelihoods: An Analysis of Rural Household Resources and their Utilization in Nyamira District, Mid South-westem Kenya. IDS Working Paper No. 544 (Nairobi: IDS University of Nairobi, 2006); 6. 'Smallholder Tea Production and Livelihood in Nyamira District, Kenya'. IFRA Les Cahiers d'Afrique de I'Est, Juillet - Septmbre 2006; Octobre - Decembre 2006, no. 32/33

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