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Ms. Gladwell Otieno

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Executive Director

Local Address:  Nairobi , Kenya
Company Description: The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is an independent, non-profit making organisation with a mandate to provide cutting edge research on governance and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Political Science and French
    University of Massachusetts , Boston
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Web References
Global Initiative | Advisory Board, 30 April 2015 [cached]
Gladwell Otieno Gladwell OtienoGlobal Initiative Advisory Board
Executive Director, AfriCOG
"The potential for violence is very ..., 8 July 2014 [cached]
"The potential for violence is very much present," says Gladwell Otieno, head of the Africa Centre for Open Governance and a former chair of Transparency International Kenya.
July 2013 Newsletter | Africa Centre for Open Governance, 1 July 2013 [cached]
Gladwell Otieno, AfriCOG's Executive Director is a founding member of the OGP international steering committee that includes nine civil society representatives and nine government representatives.
Gladwell Otieno, Executive Director AfriCOG, attended the 18th ICC-CSOs (civil society organisations) strategic meeting held on 11 June 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.
AfriCOG's executive director, Gladwell Otieno, recently participated in the selection process for fellows of theAfrican Leadership Centre's (ALC) Masters and Women's Fellowship programme at King's College London. Gladwell is a board member of the ALC and Dr. Funmi Olonisakin, a founding director of the ALC, is a member the AfriCOG board.
Gladwell Otieno, 3 Sept 2012 [cached]
Gladwell Otieno
Gladwell Otieno, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the African Leadership Centre, is the founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), an anti-corruption civil society organisation based in Kenya. AfriCOG also convenes the influential network, Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, that advocates for and monitors progress on the implementation of the 2008 post-election crisis agreement. Ms. Otieno was the Executive Director of Transparency International -Kenya, and has also worked for Transparency International in Berlin, Germany. At the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, Ms. Otieno led the African Security Analysis Programme. She has advised organisations such as the African Parliamentarians Network against Corruption, the Sierra Leonean, Zambian and Malawian anti-corruption commissions and the OECD. In Zimbabwe, Ms. Otieno conducted a baseline study on anti-corruption, advising the World Bank, donors and the Office of the Prime Minister on anti-corruption policies in a fragile environment. She worked for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. She recently became the Vice Chair of the United Nations Convention against Corruption Coalition Coordination Committee, working for the implementation of the UNCAC and is on the Board of the Partnership for Transparency Fund. She is sits on the international steering committee of the Open Government Partnership and recently joined the Board of the Mathare Youth Sports Association. Ms. Otieno studied Political Science and French at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Free University of Berlin. Address: The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), P.O. Box 18157-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel: +254 20 444 3707. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.
TI director forced out of office, 16 April 2005 [cached]
Ms Gladwell Otieno was yesterday forced to resign as the Executive Director of the local arm of the anti-graft watchdog, Transparency International.
Otieno was grilled for hours by a local TI board apparently uneasy with the way she has run its business and seemingly intent on changing the trend.She was then ordered to decide there and then whether to conform or quit.
When she appeared before the board, she soon realised she was not up for appraisal.She was instead put on her defence and asked to explain the recent saga of Sh750 million allegedly stashed overseas by a Cabinet minister.
Yesterday, Otieno told The Standard, "I wanted to think about it, but I was told to make up my mind there and then."
She added that she was asked to ‘make a decision now, not tomorrow'.
In an exclusive interview at our I&M Bank Tower offices last night, Ms Otieno said: "I've resigned, yes.
But Otieno was of the view that irreconciliable fundamental differences between the board's perceived strategy to fight corruption and her standpoint had made parting of ways inevitable.
Last month, Otieno was involved in a run-in with the Cabinet after a report released by Transparency International Corruption Index alleged that a Kenyan Cabinet minister had stashed away Sh750 million.Incensed by the (TI) report, which Otieno quoted, the Government put the local TI boss on the spot and asked her to name the minister in question.
The issue degenerated into a heated debate in Parliament, when MPs' across the divide discussed her, with Government leaning MPs demanding she be arrested because of her "reckless statement".
On her part, Otieno argued that it was not her duty to publicly name the minister because that was not her job.
The Government had the capacity and mechanisms to investigate and root out corrupt government officials, she told the MPs who were calling for her arrest.
Earlier in February, Otieno found herself in a messy situation, when she returned allowances paid to her by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Terming the Sh136,000 allowances scandalous, she said: "I consider it a clumsy attempt by the Ministry of Justice to compromise me because I've made my stand on the sitting allowances clearly known."
Instead, she offered the money to the newly started Starehe Girls Centre.
"If Otieno wishes to donate to Starehe Girls', she should do it from her personal funds and not from sources she deems as not credible," said Mrs Kibaki.
Justice Permanent Secretary Dorothy Angote also accused Otieno of being dishonest and asked her to return the money to the Government.
"If indeed the payment to Ms Otieno was not legitimate, and she was therefore not entitled to it, it follows that no other party has or can have a legitimate right to it," said the PS.
Last November, Otieno resigned from the Government as Vice-Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Steering Committee.
Otieno assumed the position of Executive Director of TI (Kenya) from John Githongo in 2003.
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