Lucy Wanjiru

Programme Specialist Gender, Environment and Climate Change

Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP New York

United States
English, Kiswahili

Lucy Wanjiru is a Programme Specialist on gender and environment, at UNDP's Bureau of Development Policy, Gender Team, in New York. She is working on strengthening of partnerships with governments and other partners to advocate and build capacities to ensure that environment and climate change strategies address the needs of poor women and men equitably.  

Her work involves providing technical support to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into the design and implementation of environment and climate policy and programmes  for sustainable development.  Ms. Wanjiru provides support for activities of the Global Gender and Climate Change Alliance including advocacy, capacity building and climate finance – towards facilitating gender equality in global, regional, and national climate policy..

She 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).

Expert's related links

Gender and Climate Change - Africa. Regional Thematic Policy Briefs and Training Modules.UNDP, Revised, January 2014, (Contributor and editor).


Gender and Climate Change - Asia and the Pacific. Regional Thematic Policy Briefs and Training Modules. UNDP, 10 December 2014. (Contributor)


Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability. UNDP, 27 September 2012. (Contributor)


The Business Case for Mainstreaming Gender in REDD+. UN-REDD, 30 November 2011


Women's Green Business Initiative, Bonn, June 2011


Gender and Forests: Forest and Climate, December 2009