Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Steve Wakhu

Doctoral Student

House 39 /Room 111

Steve Wakhu holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya (2003) and a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P) specializing in International Conflict Studies & Conflict Management (2014) from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at University of Erfurt; having been awarded a full scholarship by Deutscher Akademischer Austauchdienst (DAAD) under the Policy and Good Governance (PPGG) programme. His Master thesis was titled “Does Fiscal Behaviour Matter? Social Conflict within States in Sub-Saharan AfricaHis research interests include conflict, terrorism, fiscal policy, post conflict reconstruction, migration, transitional justice and democracy especially as they relate to Africa and other groups of developing states.

Supervised by Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter, Steve Wakhu now is a doctoral candidate at Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, under the Deutscher Akademischer Austauchdienst (DAAD) Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP): Managing Fragility-Critical Perspectives on Good Governance. His doctoral research under the title “Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Counter-terrorism and Human Rights in Developing Statesinvestigates the complex relationship between counterterrorism and human rights in the context of developing states. Additionally it explores the range of responses by governments against terrorism in developing states; the factors that influence those responses; the general effectiveness of the responses and some suitable policy options employed elsewhere that can be adapted by developing states in counter-terrorism within the constraints of their social, political and economic realities. The study relies on a cross-sectional qualitative and quantitative research design utilizing empirical tools common in terrorism studies such as Bayesian statistics and the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) to tests its hypotheses as well as intervention analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of some policy responses by government in the case study states drawn from Sub-Sahara Africa specifically Kenya and Nigeria.

Prior to joining the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Steve Wakhu was the Programme Manager for the tripartite three (3) year (2015-2018) “Strengthening the Kenya Probation and Prison Practices in Kenya” programme. It was financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by the Kenya Prisons Service (KPS), the Kenya Probation and Aftercare Service (KPAS) and the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (SPPS). Key collaborating agencies for the programme included the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Penal Reform International (PRI).

Previously, he worked as Junior Associate Consultant-Sociologist for the Rural Focus Limited/World Bank Group Pilot Global Partnership on Output Based Aid (GPOBA) Micro finance Project implemented within the Athi Water Services Board in Kenya. His work there aimed at building the capacity of local communities to develop and finance their own water supply resources.
He also worked as Junior Associate Consultant-Rural Sociologist for the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)/Guiding Systems Consult on the Rain Water Harvesting Pilot Project in the Karamoja Cluster aimed at reducing the frequency and severity of deadly armed conflicts over shared pasture resources among the pastoral communities that form the cluster located in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan