Prof Isaac Nyamongo -Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Co-operative Development, Research and Innovation (CDRI)

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Conference of the Co-operative University of Kenya. The conference was initially scheduled for 23rd and 24th March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID – 19 pandemic. The conference brings
together industry leaders, researchers, policymakers, youth and the co-operative sector to share knowledge and experiences. It will provide a platform for knowledge exchange and help practitioners and researchers to chart a way forward. In line with the government’s stated “Big Four Agenda” the conference will focus on the role of the Co-operative sector in the delivery of affordable housing, food security; nutrition, manufacturing, and universal health coverage. I call upon you to leverage on the conference presentations, network, share experiences and learn from the best in the co-operative sector. I wish to welcome all of us to the 4th CUK Annual Conference.

Advances in technology, increased globalization and the risk of systemic shocks such as the COVID-19 have changed ideas about how best to do business, and the concept of a business ecosystem has been adapted to help businesses understand how to thrive in this rapidly changing environment. There are greater emphasis and interest on the sustainability of the cooperative business model and on women and youth who (except for women in informal groups) have hitherto played a peripheral role in cooperative activities. The 2020 CUK Annual Conference, therefore, seeks to gather researchers, policymakers, practitioners and consumers to deliberate cooperatives within this changing ecosystem. The conference will deliberate on inclusion, climate change, special purpose cooperatives, and the enabling factors. Issues of sustainable competition, cooperation and collaboration will be discussed with a specific focus on how cooperatives co-evolve, and jointly adapt to external disruptions. 

The theme of the conference

The conference themed “Co-operatives in a Changing Ecosystem” will have four sub-themes, namely, (1) (Re)membering; (2) Climate Change & Cooperatives; (3) Special Purpose Cooperatives, (4) Enablers of cooperatives for sustainable development.

The first of the sub-themes will provide participants an opportunity to delve into the question of inclusion. It will focus on women, youth and persons with disabilities (PWDs) who are significantly excluded from membership and meaningful participation in cooperatives. The picture is no different with the youth and PWDs, thus the call for ‘(Re)membering’ the rest. Additionally, the concept of (individual or household, associate, nominal, corporate) membership in cooperatives will be discussed. 

The second subtheme will focus on the place of cooperatives as vehicles for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation for community resilience. How are cooperatives as non-party supporting actions to reduce emissions or building resilience of communities to Climate Change; food security in the face of climate change; sustainable agriculture and what are the experiences. Thus, the question of what measures the cooperatives are taking to address and respond to climate change; what interventions are being or need to be undertaken to prompt cooperatives to scale up their efforts and support actions to mitigate against climate change; and how cooperatives are contributing to the strengthening of knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of communities in addressing and responding to climate change are important. It is expected that papers in this second sub-theme will address these issues.

The third sub-theme will allow participants to discuss the role of special purpose co-operatives in sustainable community livelihoods and poverty reduction, and the potential contribution of special-purpose co-operative to the achievement of Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda with special emphasis on housing and universal health care, and avenues for enhancing quality employment in the cultural sector. Areas to be explored, among others, include:  Sustainable funding and viability models; diffusion of technology and innovation; community empowerment; capacity constraints to quality of resource management; and, challenges and opportunities of special-purpose cooperatives.

Under the fourth sub-theme participants will centre on the enablers of cooperatives in sustainable development: how businesses should be re-aligning their strategies, practices, and operations so as to unlock investments and innovation in support of the government agenda of promoting activities that will promote sustainable development,  overcome global problems such as extreme poverty, scarce natural resource exploitation and climate change.  Papers will explore whether businesses are paying attention to activities along the value chain, developing innovative business models, reducing corporate risk, increasing opportunities that arise from sustainable development issues and engaging special efforts to transform the capital to create value for themselves and for others. Some special topics under discussion include sustainable entrepreneurship and coopreneurship; the role of blended finance in addressing developmental challenges; the role of cooperatives in the manufacturing sector; innovation and incubation and technology in business.

Conference Objectives

The general objective of the 2020 conference is to examine cooperatives from an ecosystem perspective, the opportunities, challenges and risks portended by a rapidly evolving globalized business world.  The 2020 Conference will therefore gather researchers, practitioners, industry players, policymakers from National and County Governments, and students to exchange and share knowledge and experience in the areas identified in the sub-themes. Specifically, the conference has the following objectives:

  • To discuss the concept of membership in cooperatives and explore measures for inclusion of all sections of our society 
  • To interrogate the role cooperatives should play in addressing issues of climate change sustainably  
  • To discuss the key role played by special-purpose cooperatives in addressing SDGs with a special focus of the Big 4 Agenda 
  • To explore the need for re-alignment of businesses for sustainable development 
Expected Outcomes

The following are the expected key outputs from the conference:

  • Linkages and networking among stakeholders in the cooperative ecosystem locally and internationally leading to actionable 
  • Interventions and re-alignments needed for the Big 4 agenda
  • Conference Proceedings including a summary of learnings from engagements with speakers;
  • Further deepening of The Co-operative University of Kenya as a Center of Excellence in Innovation, Research and Training in the area of co-operatives.

Click on the link below to access the Programme for the 4th Annual CUK Conference 2020

Conference Programme

Conference Programme and Book of Abstracts



Dear CUK Annual Conference 2020 Author(s), Presenter(s),

On behalf of The co-operative University of Kenya Annual Conference Organizing Committee, we congratulate you for writing a great paper, peer-reviewed and accepted for presentation at the CUK 4th Annual Virtual Conference 2020 to be held online on October  27th – 28th, 2020. Only papers presented during the Conference will be eligible for publication in the conference proceedings. By agreeing to provide your presentation material and registering for the conference, your work will be published in the conference proceedings and Book of Abstracts.

Given the virtual format of the conference, your Paper Presentation needs to be PRE-RECORDED (you MUST be HOWEVER PRESENT for your presentation to be streamed). Depending on your speech, it can be a video of yourself speaking to the audience, or a Voice over Powerpoint. Details on how to record your presentations are listed below.

Speech/presentation length:

Paper presentation: 13 minutes (15 minutes maximum)

It would be greatly appreciated if you could SHARE YOUR PRESENTATION NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, OCTOBER  20TH, 2020, by sending it via the email  For any question (s), do not hesitate to contact the Conference Organizing Committee Secretariat via the email:  

We highly encourage you to include an audio/video presentation of your work both to allow you the opportunity to explain your work and get more exposure to the audience, as well as making the conference more informative, valuable and engaging for the attendees. Your presentation material will only be made available to conference attendees (i.e. those who have registered for the virtual conference) for a limited period of time, beginning October 20th, 2020.

Best Regards,

Kennedy Waweru, Ph.D., 

Chairperson, Conference Organizing Committee

Preparing and Recording Your Virtual Presentation

There are several video conferencing tools available to easily record a presentation.  In this method, you can show your face via webcam (if you’d like) and display your slides as you talk. You can use any meeting software as long as you get a good quality recording and your final file is in the MP4 format. Here are some links to instructions on recording a meeting on common platforms:



You can also use the two-step method covered below:

Audio/Video File requirements:

  • All files must be in MP4 Format
  • Less than or equal to 1mbps bitrate: To check the bit rate, right-click on the file name, click on properties, go to the details tab, and look for total bitrate.
  • Resolution = maximum 720p HD
  • Presentation lengths:
    • Plenary presentations not to exceed 40 mins
    • Oral Technical Paper presentations not to exceed 15 mins
    • Exhibitor presentations not to exceed 5 mins
    • Tutorials should be between 60 and 90 mins
  • Please use the following naming convention: NAME.pptx, NAME.pdf, NAME.mp4, where NAME is your session FULLNAME.

Tips for recording:

  1. Use as quiet an area as possible
  2. Avoid areas that have an echo
    • Rooms should be fairly small
    • Sound dampening with carpeting, curtains, furniture is recommended
  3. Hardline internet connection recommended, but if unavailable, a strong Wi-Fi connection
  4. Good headset with a microphone close to mouth BUT away from the direct line of mouth to reduce “pops”.
  5. Do a test recording of a couple of minutes and review the sound and picture quality, MP4 format, and bitrate before recording the entire presentation. Make adjustments if needed.

Uploading Your Virtual Presentation

After you have prepared your MP4 video file, you are required to review and send it via email to 

Registration Deadline

All presenters and participants are required to register (FREE OF CHARGE) for the conference by Tuesday, October 20, 2020, via the link shared below:


The login link will be shared with all presenters after the close of the registration period via the email address provided on the registration form.

Registration Deadline

All participants and presenters are required to register (FREE OF CHARGE) for the conference by Tuesday, October 20, 2020, via the link shared below:


The login link will be shared with all presenters after the close of the registration period via the email address provided on the registration form.

Conference Organizing Committee (CoC)



Dr. Cilla Ross, SFHEA – Principal, Co-operative College CIO.

Dr. Cilla Ross is the Principal of the Co-operative College, UK, and works in higher, community, and adult education. She has worked extensively across the UK and has led interdisciplinary blended learning and research initiatives internationally. Cilla is currently exploring a Co-operative University, a Union Co-op, and is associated with the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission. She is also exploring new ways of thinking about co-operative learning for livelihoods and decent work. Cilla was a Commissioner on the Centenary Commission on Adult Education in 2019  ( and has recently been appointed to a 3 -year Honorary Professorship in Co-operative Education at the University of Nottingham, UK. 





Johnson Andinda, Technical Advisor, Health Partners, Uganda.

ANDINDA JOHNSON is a Business Management specialist experienced in sustainable development interventions, has previously worked with the Ministry of Local Government in Uganda, the Tea industry and private sector in both systems and financial management, community empowerment including health services and advocacy. 

He currently works as the Technical Advisor for Provider Relations with HealthPartners Uganda in charge of expanding the health cooperative model by building the capacity of Health care providers in Uganda and beyond. He is passionate and committed to social protection mechanisms to empower community members to access affordable healthcare for improved health outcomes.

         Mr. Francis Kamande – CEO, National Co-operative Housing Union (NACHU)

Prof. Esther Gicheru – Deputy Vice-Chancellor FPA, The Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK)


Ms. Lucy Murumba – Former MD Kenya Co-operative Coffee Exporters (KCCE)


Mr. Mark Matabi – Country Coordinator, World Council of  Credit Unions (WOCCU)

Mr. Gideon Oduol, Co-operatives Commissioner, Kisumu County.









Mr. Steve Otieno – Co-operative Alliance of Kenya (CAK) –  Moderator.




Registration Deadline

All participants and presenters are required to register (FREE OF CHARGE) for the conference by Tuesday, October 20, 2020, via the link shared below:


The login link will be shared with all presenters after the close of the registration period via the email address provided on the registration form.

Conference Organizing Committee (CoC)

Membership of the Conference Organizing Committee (CoC)

  1. Prof. Kennedy Waweru – Chairman
  2. Dr. Lydia Mutua – Secretary
  3. Prof. John Kihoro – Member
  4. Dr. Wycliffe Oboka – Member
  5. Dr. Shem Mbandu – Member
  6. Dr. Lucy Kiganane – Member
  7. Dr. Charles Katila – Member
  8. Dr. Michael Ngala – Member
  9. Dr. Moses Gweyi – Member
  10. Dr. Kennedy Kirima – Member
  11. Mr. Kirianki M’Imanyara – Member
  12. Mr. Victor Wambua – Member
  13. Ms. Mary Mbugua – Member
  14. Mr. Silas Maiyo – Member
  15. Mr. Victor Njogu – Member

Annual Conference Official Contacts

Dr. Lydia Mutua – Registrar CDRI and Conference Organizing Committee Secretary


Mr. Silas Maiyo – Member Conference Organizing Committee


Conference Email:

Official University Contacts

P.O Box 24814-00502

Phone number: +254 724 311 606


Social Media Pages:

Facebook: The Co-operative University of Kenya
LinkedIn: The Co-operative University of Kenya
Twitter: @CoopVarsityKe

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