The ASALI project is funded through the legacy of Late Ms Grietje Wille for the education of people from developing countries wiling to serve society and contribute to the development of their country. The project is coordinated through the Centre for International Cooperation (CIS), on behalf of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). ASALI aims at supporting the research and education capacity of two partner universities in Kenya: Moi University (MU) in Eldoret and South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) in Kitui.
The name “ASALI” is the abbreviation of “A Sustainable Approach to Livelihood Improvement”. The project’s overall aim is to contribute through research and education to the development of sustainable and innovative methods of livelihood improvement for local communities. The focus hereby is on disadvantaged groups such as small-scale farmers, women and youth in the vicinity of the partner universities in western and south-eastern Kenya. ASALI’s specific objectives include:
1. To develop sustainable natural resource management strategies to enhance water and food security for sustainable livelihoods of smallholder farmers
2. To examine the influence of value chain development and entrepreneurial opportunities and innovations on poverty alleviation and livelihood improvement among women and youth;
3. To explore the use of sustainable renewable energy and its contribution to entrepreneurial job creation options for youth and women; and to examine nutritional behavior and its effects on health among women and children.
Research is a joint undertaking of the partner universities, including 4 PhDs and at least 4 staff-student research projects conducted by the different teams at the partner universities in Kenya, supported by CIS and VU staff through trainings, workshops and seminars.