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ACCT International Partner Organizations

Below you will find a general description of each of the internship opportunities and links to the websites of each of ACCT’s partner organizations. These descriptions are aimed to help you have a better understanding of what internships will be available. However, these are not set in stone. An important component of the ACCT program is that you will work in collaboration with your partner organization during the 4-week workshop to create an individualized deliverable. You will not know exactly what that deliverable will be until you engage in the planning process with your internship mentor in Kenya.  This information is geared toward helping you to begin to think about what your project might look like, although it is likely to change as you engage in on-the-ground research and implementation.


1.) African Center for Technology Studies (ACTS): 

ACTS was founded in 1988 as a Non-governmental Organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Centre changed its status in 1997 to an international intergovernmental policy research and outreach institution. ACTS mission is to strengthen the capacity and policies of African countries and institutions and to harness science and technology for sustainable development. Some of their central programming involves: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, Energy and Water Security, and Agriculture and Food Security.

Tentative Intern Responsibilities: Science research, technology policy analysis in the following areas: Agriculture and food security, biodiversity and natural resource management, energy and water security including climate change and gender equity.

Secondary Responsibilities: Training facilitation, communication and outreach with local communities

Necessary Skills: web design, knowledge of water resource management, climate change, food security, renewable energy, and fund development experience


2.) KEFRI (Kenya Forestry Research Institute):

KEFRI’s mission is to conduct research and provide information on technologies for sustainable development of forest and allied natural resources. Its vision is to be a center of excellence in forest science through technology development, deployment and dissemination of scientific information. KEFRI aims to:

  • Generate knowledge and technologies for forest development, conservation, management and utilization,
  • Strengthen research and management capacity,
  • Improve seed production, distribution and marketing,
  • Disseminate forest research findings,
  • Improve corporate profile and public image of KEFRI, and
  • Strengthen linkages and partnership with stakeholders

Tentative Intern Responsibilities: Conduct forestry research, disseminate research findings, cooperate with other resource bodies in and outside of Kenya to collaborate on findings, establish partnerships with organizations and institutions of higher learning to train and discuss matters of forestry

Secondary Responsibilities: community outreach and collaboration with local schools for purposes of education and advocacy

Necessary Skills: It is important to have an understanding of agriculture, forestry, and development research


3.) Aqua Clara International:

Aqua Clara International (ACI) exists to get affordable, clean drinking water to those in need. ACI trains local people in the construction, use, maintenance and promotion of improved bio-sand filters and safe water storage containers. The filters are constructed out of locally available materials which keeps the cost affordable. The knowledge, economic activity and expertise remain local which means that the ACI model is both sustainable and scalable. ACI also trains Community Health Promoters who help maintain high standards by regularly visiting households that have purchased filters and training school children on issues related to water and hygiene.

Tentative Intern Responsibilities: Water Quality Analysis, Bio-sand Filter Performance Evaluation, GIS based mapping, Data Management and Analysis

Secondary responsibilities: Water and Hygiene School clubs management, Work with Community Health Promoters in Filter surveys

Necessary skills: Knowledge of data analysis, Knowledge of water quality assessment, Understanding of GIS-based mapping (examples: web design, knowledge of water resource management, fund development experience)


4.) Mumias Sugar Company:

The Mumias Vision is to be a world class producer of sugar and energy. Its mission is to consistently satisfy consumer needs for sugar and energy through efficient and innovative practices while meeting the diverse expectations of its stakeholders. Mumias is also involved in environmental conservation activities. Every year’ the Company distributes nearly six million tree seedlings to local cane farmers, women and youth groups, schools, churches, mosques and other public institutions for planting.

Opportunity to better the lives of AIDS orphans and other vulnerable people through local, national, and international initiatives

Tentative Internship Responsibilities: monitor, evaluate and asses the company as it engages in the processing and production of sugar, electricity production, biodiesel manufacturing, and the sale of carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, waste treatment (effluence and emissions), soil science and some forestry conservation.


5.) ANAW (Africa Network for Animal Welfare):

Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)

is a Pan-African Organization, based in Kenya. It focuses on promoting humane treatment of all animals and the wellbeing of the communities who live with them. ANAW projects are largely targeted at establishing animal welfare as a community-driven responsibility that must not only be owned and driven at grassroots level but also be seen as the most effective way of obtaining the greatest value from animals. Since ANAW’s establishment in 2006, it has been committed to spearheading a number of animal welfare campaigns while building networks with governments, political leaders, media and other institutions to press for effective policy and legislative change for the care of animals at the national and community levels.

Tentative Intern Responsibilities: Engage in de-snaring and animal rescues, promote education about the humane treatment of animals, promote a sustainable alternative to the bush meat trade, continue to advocate for environmental and community justice—for animals and for people

Necessary Skills:

Interns should be well-rounded, and come from a variety of backgrounds; interns should we ready and willing to carryout animal welfare campaigns, provide input into the process of directing policy and legislation regarding environmental and animal welfare; capable of conducting research and educational outreach in Kenyan communities.


6.) Soteni International: 

Soteni’s vision statement is to build the best model for preventing AIDS in vulnerable communities around the world. Its mission statement is: “All of us, together—working to reduce the incidence of AIDS by empowering vulnerable communities to develop sustainable interventions.  We cultivate local leadership, educate those most at risk, and identify best practices to share around the world.” Soteni’s guiding principles are:

Sustainability through local leadership, infrastructure development, and economic solvency

Training of persons with HIV/AIDS, and other stakeholders, to lead the fight against AIDS

Epidemiology to design, evaluate, and replicate programs that reduce the incidence and/or severity of HIV/AIDS

Networking to harness the "time, talent, and treasure" of others to help achieve SOTENI's mission

Interdependence that connects and enriches us all as we work to heal the effects of AIDS and stop its spread in our lifetimes

Tentative Intern Responsibilities: intervention and prevention of HIV/AIDs, and other diseases through promoting and advocating education, health care, clean drinking water, feeding, and rescue of girls at risk of abuse

Necessary Skills:

Familiarity with management and strategic planning for 501c3 organizations, fund development, advocacy and policy research, program evaluation and implementation


7.) Mtongwe Community Initiative (MCI):

MCI is involved with Health and HIV management, Water and Environmental conservation, and Education and Enterprise Development targeting youth and women.

Tentative Intern Responsibilities: To do a needs assessment of all the groups and project to work with, then draw a work plan for the same, assist where possible including fundraising for the identified interventions, participate in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the same. Give regular feedback to the supervisor. 
Necessary Skills:

Knowledgeable in project design and management, fund raising and resource mobilization, proposal writing and web design, among others.