Economist Kwame Owino has became one of the biggest detractors of the Housing Fund project being pushed by President Ruto led Kenya Kwanza administration.
Owino highlighted the lack of transparency in the government’s motives and emphasized the potential risks and drawbacks of the initiative.
By shedding light on the underlying financial interests and questionable assurances to investors, Owino aims to inform and empower the public in making informed decisions regarding housing policies.
Here is his background as told by WoK;
Early Career and Rise at IEA-Kenya
Kwame Owino embarked on his career in public policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya). The renowned economist started as a research officer for the economic regulation program.
During this time, Kwame wrote policy briefs and actively participated in policy dialogue, particularly in areas such as competition policy, employment economics, and regulation policy.
His insightful contributions and ability to navigate complex policy issues caught the attention of his colleagues and superiors, propelling him to higher positions within the organization.
Kwame has since gradually rose through the ranks at IEA-Kenya, setting the stage for his influential role in shaping public policy.
CEO of IEA-Kenya and Transformational Leadership
As the CEO of the Institute of Economic Affairs, HE has been instrumental in leading the strategic intervention of IEA-Kenya, transforming it into a premier think tank for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Under his guidance, the institute has expanded its research agenda and established its reputation as an authority in economic regulation, public expenditure, international trade, devolution, and other critical policy areas.
Kwame’s visionary leadership has played a pivotal role in positioning IEA-Kenya as a go-to resource for evidence-based policymaking, both in Kenya and across the region.
A Voice of Insight through Blogging
His passion for public education and policy discourse is exemplified through his engaging blog column in the Daily Nation, Kenya’s largest circulation newspaper.
Through his weekly posts, Kwame addresses topical issues related to IEA-Kenya’s research areas, offering insightful analysis and practical recommendations.
His ability to communicate complex ideas in a conversational manner and support them with relevant data has garnered a loyal readership.
The blog not only serves as a platform for knowledge dissemination but also facilitates immediate feedback from an interested audience, shaping subsequent research and fostering informed public debate.
Influencing Policy through Thought Leadership
Beyond his role at IEA-Kenya, the economist actively engages in policy advocacy and public discourse. He participates in policy forums, conferences, and discussions, sharing his expertise and contributing to evidence-based policymaking in Kenya.
Kwame’s thought leadership challenges prevailing narratives by providing counterfactuals and factual insights, encouraging critical thinking among policymakers and the public.
His ability to bridge the gap between policy experts and the broader audience through effective communication has made him a respected figure in the field and has elevated the role of think tanks in driving positive change.
Championing for A More Informed Society
With his extensive knowledge, experience, and passion for public policy, Kwame’s commitment to public education, effective communication, and stimulating policy discourse has paved the way for a more informed and engaged society.
His legacy lies in the transformation of IEA-Kenya into a leading think tank and his continuous efforts to promote transparent and inclusive policymaking for the betterment of Kenya and the region.