Kenya

Kenya: an IB diploma for vulnerable and refugee children

Still I Rise International School is the first one in the world to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate, free of charge, to the most vulnerable children. “Today, by becoming part of the IB system, we can say that we certainly…

Basic income is paving a path to freedom in Kenya

Kenya is running the world’s most ambitious basic income pilot yet, but will its results be enough to forge a whole new approach to poverty reduction? Caroline Teti for openDemocracy 30 September 2019 Beyond Trafficking and Slavery: Tell us a…

Kenyan Universities Aim to Be “Greenest in the World”

In Kenya, over 70 universities are being called on by the UN Environment Programme and the Kenyan Government to work together and transform their campuses to be the “greenest in the world”. This comes as Strathmore University in Nairobi has…

Botswana decriminalises homosexuality

“Botswana judges rule laws criminalising gay sex are unconstitutional”: “High court judges in Botswana have ruled that laws criminalising same-sex relations are unconstitutional and should be struck down, in a major victory for gay rights campaigners in Africa. Jubilant activists…

Kenya shows itself capable of holding a transparent election

Finally, after decades of post-independence dictatorships, the shameful rigging of presidential elections, and post-election violence in 2007 that led to 1200 people slaughtered and hundreds of thousands of internally displaced refugees, Kenya can hold its head high and say it…

Kenya: Women’s nonviolent protest attacked with stones as post-election tension increases

Today women and disabled people in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera in Nairobi were attacked by stone-throwing hooligans as they peacefully protested against the police violence that they are facing. “When the police come, we cannot flee!” they complain. Tension has…

Kenyans take democracy into their own hands to prove free and fair elections

Twenty-four hours after Kenyans woke up to learn that Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country’s first post-independence president, Jomo Kenyatta, had regained power and will continue as president until 2022, Kenya is still in a sense of heightened tension. Some…

Kenya votes to keep Uhuru Kenyatta in power; opposition disputes the results

With 92% of provisional results received, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta looks on course to be returned to power with a 55% share of the vote, with opposition leader Raila Odinga trailing on 45%. Turn out has been high with over…

Interview with James Omollo: putting the NGOs out of business in Kenya

Back in 2008, Kenya was torn apart in a corruption-filled election that was rigged to favour the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki. Over a thousand people were killed, and hundreds of thousands became refugees within their own country. Politicians from all…

Kenya embraces solar to meet energy needs

Nearly 70 percent of the Kenyan population relies on costly and environmentally damaging energy sources. But a green transtion is underway, as ever more Kenyans turn to solar power to meet their daily energy needs. Peter Theuri is busy tending…

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