George Kiambuthi Wainaina
MSc Water Policy; Pan African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) May-August, 2018
Supervisors: Dr. Sara Marks, Regula Meierhofer, Dr. James Raude(JKUAT)
During my tenure as an EPP fellow at Eawag, I conducted data analysis and compiled my thesis titled “Comparative analysis of factors affecting consistent use of house hold water treatment and storage”, a study that was done in an emergency context in Laisamis, Northern Kenya.
I gained invaluable understanding of statistical analysis specifically use of ordinary least regression models among other qualitative and quantitative techniques, in understanding and explaining datasets and drawing conclusions. Additionally, I acquired practical research experience and mentorship from renowned experts Dr Sara Marks, Regula Meierhofer and other members in Sandec.
The interdisciplinary and intercultural nature of researchers and employees at Sandec served as a platform to further developed my interpersonal skills consequently growing my professional network. Each day was a learning opportunity through regular seminars, presentations and peer interactions.
This opportunity improved my capacity in handling research and projects specifically in water and sanitation scope.
My gratitude goes to Eawag for this opportunity and Sandec for the warm welcome and facilitation throughout my stay in Switzerland.