Lucy Wanjiru is a Partnerships Specialist in the Engagement Initiatives Team in UNDP's Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy. She works on advancing the New Strategic Partnerships agenda and supporting the diversification of UNDP's funding and partnerships base by engaging with emerging economies and non-state development actors in collaboration with UNDP Bureaux.
Previously, Ms. Wanjiru was a gender and environment specialist working on strengthening of partnerships for advocacy, capacity building, and developing new knowledge to ensure that environment and climate change strategies address the needs of poor communities equitably.
Her work involved providing technical support environment activities of UNDP and to the Global Gender and Climate Change Alliance, a partnership of over 100 organizations that is supporting the design and implementation of inclusive climate policies and programmes, and financing for environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic development.
Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Wanjiru was a socio-economic consultant in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Reforms in Kenya and worked for over 10 years at the grassroots level as a community mobilizer and trainer in Integrated Water Resources Management with organizations such as the African Medical and Research Foundation and the Swedish International Development Agency.
Ms. Wanjiru is a Kenyan national and holds an MA in Sustainable International Development, from the Heller School of social policy and management, Brandeis University (USA) and a BA in Administration and sociology from Moi University (Kenya).