The Nairobi Alliance is a long-term partnership between the Universities of Leicester, Nairobi (Kenya), Malawi, Rwanda and Witwatersrand (South Africa) that builds on the strengths of each partner to address key global challenges based on principles of equity, respect and empowerment.
Developed from the collaborations of researchers across the five universities and drawing on the unique expertise at each partner institution, the Alliance has been driving forward advances in research since its beginnings in 2017, based on the principles of equity, respect and empowerment.
The Nairobi Alliance Partners have been successful in securing collaborative externally-funded grants and have also received pump-prime funding through the University of Leicester’s QR GCRF allocation (Research England) to help establish and develop partnerships.
We’re proud that as part of the Nairobi Alliance we have already been able to make an impact through our research. The partnership has already led to improvements in air quality in Nairobi and we continue to work together to deliver world-class, challenge-led research driven by the determination to further knowledge, and to save, improve and enrich lives.
Through the Alliance, we have been able to work in collaboration with the University of Malawi on an innovative new ventilator designed to help COVID-19 patients, using 3D-printed mechanical parts and basic electronics. Our researchers have also been able to support the health and wellbeing of sex workers in Nairobi throughout the COVID-19 crisis.