Academy Fellow, Africa Programme
Natasha W. Kimani
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Natasha Kimani is an Academy Fellow hosted by the Africa Programme. Before that, from 2016-2017 she was a senior legal researcher at the Kenya Law Reform Commission, having been embedded here by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).

Here she focused on developing and reviewing national and county policies and legislation. She worked extensively with county governments, the Council of Governors, the County Assemblies Forum and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.

She has also worked at the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) and GIZ in Kenya.

She has extensive experience in constitution implementation in Kenya, devolution and national and regional Security in East Africa. She has developed and reviewed various national policies and legislation in Kenya.

Her research will examine gender responsiveness in county planning and budgeting in the context of devolution in Kenya. Her fellowship is supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 


  • Constitution implementation
  • Devolution
  • National and regional security in East Africa
  • Land, environment and natural resource management 


2016-17Senior legal researcher, The Kenya Law Reform Commission/IDLO
2015-17Consultant and official rapporteur, International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC)
2014-15Senior programme officer, Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC)
2011-13M.A, Public Economics, Law and Politics, Leuphana University, Germany
2012Legal researcher, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 
2010-11Lawyer, Kemboy and Company Advocates
2009-10Junior counsel, General Motors East Africa
2005-2009Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Catholic University of Eastern Africa