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Annual Meeting of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network

February 6-8, 2024

Tom Mboya Conference Center

Kisumu, Kenya


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Join this meeting of the best minds in the world working together for healthy African Great Lakes.


Collaboration is paramount. With our six advisory groups and other global experts, we activate collective knowledge, passion, and resources to solve the challenges that threaten the African Great Lakes.

At this meeting we will:

  • Learn from each African Great Lakes Advisory Group to advance solutions

  • Inform the future of AGL monitoring, education, and training

  • Break down gender barriers to tap into strong, inclusive solutions

  • Work across borders to inform game-changing freshwater decisions

The African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network is a highly collaborative group of freshwater and large lakes experts from around the world. At the heart of the network is over 140 African Great Lakes experts who are, together, addressing the most critical issues on these seven African Great Lakes which hold over 25% of the world's freshwater and support millions of people.

Guests, observers, and specialists are welcome to attend and participate.

The African Great Lakes Stakeholders Network, and this meeting, are facilitated by the

African Center for Aquatic Research and Education and developed, informed, and advised by the

partners and experts working on the African Great Lakes

Annual Meeting - 2024: Kisumu, Kenya



To register for the ACARE Annual Meeting of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network, please click below. Note that all advisory group members are already registered and do not need to register. If you are uncertain of your registration status, go ahead and register, we'll take care of you.


Please note that there is a $100 Registration fee for guests and observers.  


Questions regarding the meeting, registration, or other aspects, please contact: Zeph Migeni (click here)

New Poster Session


Due to the increased interest in information exchange regarding the African Great Lakes, and the limited time we have during our three-day meeting, ACARE has determined that it will hold an evening Poster-Networking-Social session, Wednesday, February 7, 2024. This session is to engage the larger freshwater community in research, projects (past, present, and future), ideas, and all other interesting efforts.

Note that this session is not limited to research! Get your ideas out there at this event. There will be ample time for discussion, partnering, and networking.

Poster Session Submissions Due by January 7, 2024.

Annual Meeting Agenda
Updated: January 29, 2024

Day 0

Monday, February 05, 2024

Various times: participants arrive

9:00am - 3:00pm: ACARE Board Meeting (Closed: Board and Secretariat)

5:00pm - 6:00pm: New AWIS 2024 cohort orientation

6:00pm - 8:00pm: African Women in Science (Re)union (Closed: AWIS and invite only)

Members of the 2024 AWIS Cohort and AWIS Alumni to gather, meet, and network

Day 1

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

7:00am - 8:20am: Registration and arrival

8:20am - 10:00am: Meeting welcome with guest speakers

10:00am - 10:30am: Tea break - conference photo

10:35am - 10:45am: Meeting overview

10:45am - 1:00pm: Advisory group presentations

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch and networking

2:00pm - 2:30pm: ACARE announcements 

2:30pm - 3:30pm: ACARE's UN Water Commitments - progress and next steps

3:30pm - 4:00pm: Tea break

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Capacity building panel

5:00pm - 5:15pm: Close of the day

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner, evening program, social and networking

Day 2

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

7:30am - 8:30am: Meeting check-in and arrival

8:30am - 8:45am: Update on ACARE UN Water Commitment activity

8:45am - 10:30am: Capacity building parallel sessions (choose one)

  • Plastic debris in freshwater

  • Monitoring case studies and in situ techniques

  • Remote sensing and triangulating the data

  • Bridging science to policy through communications

  • Education & Outreach for community engagement

  • Fundraising for collaborative projects

  • Large lake collaborations

10:30am - 11:00am: Tea break

11:00am - 11:30am: Capacity building session report out

11:30am - 1:00pm: Individual advisory group meetings

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Individual advisory group meetings

3:30pm - 4:00pm: Tea break

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Advisory group reports (plenary)

5:15pm: Close of the day

5:15pm - 7:15pm: Poster session and evening social  

7:15pm: End of day - Dinner not provided by the conference

Day 3

Thursday, February 08, 2024

7:30am - 8:30am: Meeting check-in and arrival

8:30am - 9:00am: Cross Lakes Collaboration Panel

9:00am - 10:30am: Individual Advisory Group Meetings

10:30am - 11:00am: Tea break

11:00am - 12:30pm: Reports from the advisory groups: next steps

12:30pm - 1:00pm: Council of advisory groups

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Regional Monitoring Workshop (invite only)

2:00pm - 6:00pm: Excursions to local areas of interest

6:30pm - 8:30pm: Closing of the meeting dinner and entertainment (all participants warmly invited)


Venue and Hotels

Conference Venue: 

Tom Mboya Labour College Conference Center

P.O. Box 754-40100

Ring Road and Tom Mboya Rd

Kisumu, Kenya


Participants are responsible for their own transportation from the hotel you choose to the conference centre. Many of the hotel options listed below are within walking distance to the conference centre.


Please note: You are responsible for reserving and paying for your own accommodations.

Hotel Name                                              Cost                                                     Dist. // Time to walk to MICC

Tom Mboya Labour College                  $45                                                       0 meters // 0 min

Ph. ++254 713 113290

Vittoria Hotel                                           $70-85                                                650 meters // 9 min

Ph. +254 791 574747

Parkview Safari Hotel                            ~$55                                                   800 meters // 11 min

Ph. +254 717 636140

Acacia Premier Hotel                             ~$110                                                    2.1 km // 28 min

Ph. +254 709 850000

Please note that there are ample hotels and other accommodations in the area. They range in location from in-city to beach-locations. 


Travel Tips, Needs, and Information

Visa Acquisition:

Do NOT need a visa: 

  • Ethiopia

  • Burundi

  • Kenya

  • Malawi

  • Tanzania

  • Uganda

  • Rwand

  • Zambia

Obtain an eVisa:

  • DRC

  • Canada

  • USA

  • European Union

  • Mozambique

Please confirm whether you need an eVisa, a Visa-on-arrival, or none at all, here

For those who need a visa to enter Kenya, go to:

Organization committee and contacts

Meeting Contact, Questions, and Inquiries

Ted Lawrence:

ACARE Business Office: 



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Conference Participants

A list of participants of the Annual Meeting of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network, Lusaka, Zambia, February 6-8, 2024 will be listed here after the meeting. The purpose is to enhance connectivity between experts. If you wish to contact any of the participants, please first contact Mr. Zeph Migeni, Advisory Groups Program Manager for ACARE. He will facilitate communications.

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