Lecture of Ruth Mwangi on 25th October 2016 at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We’re excited to announce that our Program Director Ruth Mwangi (cc’ed) has been chosen to speak at the Society for International Development – Netherlands Chapter (SID-NL) in the lecture series titled ‘A Financial World without the Traditional Institutions?’ 

The lecture will happen Tuesday 25 October 2016, from 16hr till 17.30hr at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Ruth is an amazing inspirational speaker, I hope you can attend and spread the word!


-Will Ruddick

Founder – Grassroots Economics


Further information from the official website of Grassroots Economics.

Grassroots Economics is a non-profit foundation that seeks to empower marginalized communities to take charge of their own livelihoods and economic future. They focus on community development through economic empowerment and community currency programs.

Their goal is to improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable. They use approaches such as participatory education and in-depth research and community profiling to understand needs and design programs with meaningful impacts.


Ruth Mwangi is the Program Director of Grassroots Economics where she leads the foundation in programming, strategy and operations. Ruth has worked to design, test and coordinate numerous projects within the slums and villages of Kenya since 2004, such as: Bridge International Academies where she has helped improve the academic performance of students across 215 schools in Kenya. She has helped pioneer various girl-child initiatives that have so far ensured over 1,500 teenage girls have free access to sanitary-ware every month. Ms. Mwangi is also on the Board of Directors at the Garden of Hope Foundation and has had the opportunity to lead, train and direct numerous groups, conferences and events; works that have well been recognized by global organizations such as the Mandela Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) as well as the One Young World, where she has twice been selected to represent Kenya. Ruth’s strengths and interests lie in Public Relations, Corporate Governance and Strategic Management.


Will Ruddick is the Founder and Technical Director of Grassroots Economics Foundation. Mr. Ruddick is a development specialist focusing on East Africa. After completing graduate school researching high energy physics as a collaboration member at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he found his passion in alternative economics and development work which brought him to Kenya. Since 2008 Will has lived in East Africa and managed several successful development programs in environment, food security and economic development. He is dedicated to connecting communities to their own abundance, and is an advocate for, and designer of, Complementary Currencies for poverty eradication and sustainable development. MR. Will Ruddick has developed several Community Currency Programs across Africa since 2010 and is the founder of the award winning Bangla-Pesa program. He consults on Community Currencies worldwide and is currently working in coordination with the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit. Mr. Ruddick is also an associate scholar with the University of Cumbria’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability.

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