Prof Catherine Ndungo

Prof Catherine Ndungo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kiswahili at Kenyatta University .She holds a PhD in African Oral Literature. Her thesis was on” The Images of Women in African Oral literature with special focus on Kiswahili and Kikuyu Proverbs. She also holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and African Languages.  At this level, she wrote a thesis on” The Historical Change in the Portrayal of Women in Different Historical Periods .She also obtained a  Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Strathmore School of Law and Higher National Diploma in Psychological Counselling from Kenya Institute of Professional Counsellors. She also has Certificates from Hand in Hand International on Social Entrepreneurship, Women in Political Leadership from Mashav Institute in Israel and Transformative Leadership and Executive Training by Consultancy Service Unit at Kenyatta University

Prof. CatherineNdungo is currently the Associate Dean in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously Prof Ndungo was the Director, Institute of African Studies. As a director she is charged with the responsibility of offering guidance in terms of programmes development, research, creating partnerships with like minded actors as well as creating forums for scholars and researchers from all over the world to exchange knowledge and experiences.

 Prof. Ndungo was the founder of the Department of Gender and Development Studies at Kenyatta University.  She has worked in the university and in the development field for the last thirty years and has vast experience in training political party officials, women, youth and people living with Disabilities.  She has been consulted by many organizations including Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, IEBC, Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development on Gender Disability Mainstreaming among others among others.

 She has also undertaken strategic planning training with political parties, educational institutions and religious based organizations locally, regionally and internationally.  She has been trained in rapid results initiative, constitution making, and organizational management among other skills.  Her areas of specialization are gender mainstreaming, capacity building for women, youth and people living with Disabilities leadership, governance and democracy and communication skills.  She has skills in monitoring and evaluations which she has used to evaluate gender impact of National Livestock and Agricultural Programmes (NALEP) and Gender Mainstreaming Initiatives for Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.


She has vast experience in mainstreaming gender, women and youth training in Non-Governmental Organizations, United Nations World Food Programme, Oxfam Intermonth and UN Women where she participated in writing a Women Candidates Training Manual and Source Book for Political Parties.She has been able to develop training materials such as curricula, manuals, handbooks in the areas of gender, team building, leadership communication, civic education, women and good governance.