ANU African Discussion Series: Energy in Kenya

This is the first of the ANU’s African Discussion Series

Topic: Lighting the way? Understanding energy and development in Kenya

Date: Friday September 28, 2018

Speaker Dr Edwina Fingleton-Smith.

Edwina is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Prior to starting her PhD at Fenner, Edwina completed a Masters of Environmental Law and Sustainable Development at SOAS (University of London) and a Bachelor of Development Studies at the Australian National University Edwina previously held a position as a research associate with international development NGO Practical Action working on the development of market-based energy access projects and the links between women’s economic empowerment and energy access.

Venue: Fenner Seminar room 1.01, Building 141, Fenner School of Environment and Society   Map

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be served around 7pm.

Of the 1.06 billion people who don’t have access to electricity globally, nearly half reside in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 60% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity and in many rural areas that number can be as high as 95%. This makes energy access one of the most critical areas for development across the continent if it wants to meet its development targets. Over the past several years, energy access has risen as a global priority, most notably evidenced in its status as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7). Despite the increasing importance on energy for development we have little understanding of how to use it effectively to maximize development outcomes. Based on qualitative research conducted in Kenya, this presentation will ask if we need to reassess our assumptions about the value of energy for improving development outcomes. This includes areas such as the capacity of energy to improve productivity and economic development, the role of energy in improving women’s lives, and what theoretical models around energy use in developed countries can tell us about energy use by the billion people who don’t have access to electricity and the 2.7 billion people who still cook over traditional fuels.


Professor ‘Fumni Olonisakin to attend ACFID Conference

The ACFID NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018 will be held 30-31 October 2018 at USW, Sydney.

ACFID is the Australian Council for International Development and this year’s theme i is People, Planet Peace. For more details see

It is always a pleasant surprise when Africa gets a mention, and this year Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta , ‘Known internationally for his advocacy to defend the rights of the people of Timor-Leste’ will be joined by Professor ‘Fumni Olonisakin of King’s College London for a facilitated discussion on conflict, security and development. See

From the King’s College website

‘Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s College London. She is also founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa. Prior to this, she was Programme Director of the ALC King’s College London MSc programmes on Security, Leadership and Society and MSc Leadership and Development as well as the Postgraduate Research Programme on Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development.’

‘Prior to 2013, ” ..she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict overseeing the Africa work of that Office. In this role, she facilitated the establishment of the National Commission for War Affected Children in Sierra Leone and the Child Protection Unit in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She previously held research positions in the Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College London, where she co-directed the African Security Unit; and at the Institute for Strategic Studies in the University of Pretoria, South Africa and the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos Nigeria.” ‘

‘Trained in Political Science (Bsc. Ife, Nigeria) and War Studies (PhD, King’s College London), Olonisakin has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the world of policy and practice. Her academic research and writing has contributed to strategic thinking in post-conflict contexts and in the work of regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the African Union.’

Postnatal Care in Nigeria: Does it Really Matter Where Women Live?

2018 Caldwell Fellow Seminar
Postnatal Care in Nigeria: Does it Really Matter
Where Women Live?

Speaker: Dr Dorothy Ononokpono, University of Uyo, Nigeria

Date: Thursday 20 September 2018, 12.30-1.30pm

Venue: Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62a
Research School of Population Health, 62 Mills Road, ANU

Enquiries to Ellie Paige and
Rachael Rodney Harris via

Dr Dorothy Ononokpono has a doctorate degree in
Demography and Population Studies
from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,
South Africa, and currently lectures in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology, University of Uyo, Nigeria.

Dorothy is Caldwell Visiting Fellow and her research
interests span Reproductive Health, Gender Based
Violence,  Forced Migration, and Spatial Demography.

‘Although postnatal care is one of the major interventions recommended for the reduction
of maternal and newborn deaths worldwide, most women in Nigeria do not receive
postnatal care. Attempts to explain this situation have focused on individual-level
attributes, and the role of community characteristics has received less attention. This paper
utilized 2008 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey data to examine the influence and
moderating effects of community factors on the receipt of postnatal care. Multilevel logistic
regression analysis was performed on a sample of 17,846 women of reproductive age
nested within 886 communities. Findings indicate that women’s likelihood of receiving
postnatal care in Nigeria is a function of where they reside. There is need for region specific
policy and reforms that ensure appropriate distribution of need-based resources.’