Maureen Gitau

Policy and Legislative Affairs Officer – USAID/ CLEAR Program, Global Communities, Kenya

Ms. Gitau received her Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and her Bachelor of Law degree from Kenyatta University and was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya in 2017.

She also holds Executive Certificates in Public Policy from Strathmore Business School and in Public Policy Making Process from the Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research.

In 2020, she applied the CLARITY methodology to develop a county baseline survey analyzing the cooperative legal and regulatory framework in Kenya. This was directly applicable to her current position Policy & Legislative Affairs Officer for Global Communities’ Cooperatives Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy & Research (CLEAR) Project in Nairobi, Kenya.

Among the CLEAR Project’s objectives are to support the devolution of cooperative government functions to the county level by developing county government-related policies and legislation. To encourage the devolution process, CLEAR facilitates policy dialogue between national and regional cooperative stakeholders in public, private, academic and development institutions

The project also is supporting advocacy groups within counties for the improvement of cooperative business enabling environments and mobilizing women and youth to participate in development projects and supporting integration efforts into the global economies.