Welcome to The Institute of Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Studies (IIKCS)

About us

The Institute of Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Studies (IIKCS) is a strategic research centre that was established in October 2020 under the MMUST Statutes. The Institute has been modelled around the fast-growing niche of Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) as conceived by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework.

IIKCS activities are focused on the four thematic areas namely; Biodiversity, Climate Change, Science Policy and Knowledge Transmission. On Biodiversity, IIKCS focuses on how various indigenous communities in Africa and beyond have been interacting with various forms of life, and how such interactions are being addressed by the various policies, especially the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD 1992) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing. Climate Change is addressed in the context of the Paris Agreement regarding its impacts on the livelihoods of various indigenous people, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Directors, IIKCS

Professor John O. Shiundu
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Deputy Director
Dr. Lucy Mandillah
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Our Collaborations.

We pursue bold ideas. Partnerships play an important role in these activities.


a. Journal
b. Speeches
c. Announcements
d. Reports
e. Brochures
f. Events/ News/Speeches/Outreach Activities
g. The Strategic Plan
h. The Policy


1. Documentation of the History of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

2. Documentation of indigenous clans of Western Kenya

Upcoming Activities

  • Inauguration of the Institute’s Board of Management

  • The official launch of the Institute The launch of the Institute’s Strategic plan

Contact Us

Institute of Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Studies (IIKCS)

P. O. Box 190 - 50100

Kakamega, Kenya

Telephone: (056) 30282 Fax No: (056) 30153