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KEN Consulting, Inc. (KCI) recently won a contract as a prime to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Our responsibilities include the identification of businesses that are located in the US owned by individuals from East Africa. We will establish portfolios of East African diaspora networks to support global business development. Once we identify the target businesses, we will design and implement surveys, conduct statistical analyses, design, build and implement a searchable data repository, and prepare fact sheets and other reports. The overarching purpose of this project is to expand MBDA’s footprint and delivery of services throughout diaspora networks. If you are a business owner, located in the USA, and originally from East Africa, please contact us via email and participate in this significant project. MBDA wants to reach out to businesses like yours to offer their services, including loans and grants for expansion. Send us an email to info@kenconsultinginc.com.


Ken Consulting, Inc. (KCI) was awarded a 3-year contract with the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), to conduct research on the effectiveness of the Department’s Title VI National Research Centers (NRC) grant program. KCI will conduct an evaluation of the extent to which activities at NRC grantee institutions reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and generate debate on world regions and international affairs, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 20 U.S.C. § 1022(e). The evaluation will include gathering qualitative and quantitative data from the grantees via virtual site visits with a limited number of grantees, a web-based survey, and secondary data analysis. The analysis will compare and contrast the methods used by NRCs to manage the grant relative to area studies, international studies, languages offered, and outreach activities, and how they ensure that diverse perspectives are presented in a balanced manner in center-related teaching, faculty research activities, and other programming. The analysis will also highlight NRC best practices related to diverse perspectives and document areas for improvement. In the report KCI will make recommendations to improve the clarity of the requirements in the Higher Education Act, and how the Department can fulfill the statutory mandate while respecting academic freedom of the grantees.