Catherine Bartenge is an MA student at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree, with majors in sociology and political science from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Catherine is Personal Assistant to the Director of the ALC, and is also research assistant for an IDRC-funded research project at the Centre entitled, "Reframing narratives on state building and peace building in Africa and the role of political settlements” in Kenya. Her MA dissertation is entitled “Assessing the impact of NGOs in child education in Turkana County, Kenya”.
Previously, Catherine has worked with Family Health International (FHI360); Nuru ya bonde ( Rift valley region) Kenya, facilitating programmes focused on empowering youth and women to exercise their full potential in the society; and World Vision in Turkana Kenya, working on community-based initiatives such as community outreach, advocacy initiatives on human rights especially for women, and on implementing various projects at the grassroots. Her research interests include social justice, women’s rights, exclusion and marginalization and peace and conflict resolution.