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The African Technopolitan May 2016 Special Issue: 3D Printing Africa's Development

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Published: 2016
This issue is dedicated to different aspects and uses of 3D printing and how this technology can shape and influence Africa's development and policies. Articles included in this issue touch on the influence that 3D printing can have on medical research, manufacturing and sustainable growth in Africa.

The African Technopolitan Vol 5 January 2016

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Published: 2016
This issue of the African Technopolitan has as its main article " The poverty of development strategy in Africa". This article argues that Africa’s economic and techno-scientific progress is being lionized prematurely, to the detriment of its long term development. The next article " Africa's new Middle class, a vehicle for progressive change or more of the same" looks at...

Exploring the Agency of Africa in Climate Change Negotiations: The Case of REDD+

"Emerging climate change regimes such as the mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) are increasingly aiming to engage developing countries such as those in Africa in sustainable development through carbon markets. The contribution of African countries to the global climate decisions determines how compatible the negotiated rules could be with...

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will meet in Paris to conclude the 2015 Global Climate Agreement (GCA). In a departure from previous attempts, such as the Kyoto Protocol, where climate targets were ‘prescribed’, countries will be submitting their self-determined climate commitments which will form an integral part of the GCA. African countries’ participation in climate change negotiations has always been...

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will be meeting in Paris, France in December 2015 to agree on a new global climate ‘protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force’ to go into effect in the year 20201. This will be a culmination of negotiations on a global climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol that formally begun in the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced...

Policy Coherences between Global Climate Change Rules and National Sectoral Policies: The Case of REDD+ in Kenya

"The aim of this paper is to analyse the implementation of global REDD+ rules within Kenyan policies and identify sources of coherences and conflicts between REDD+ design rules and existing sectorial policies and local socioeconomic settings. The specific objectives are: (1) to evaluate how global REDD+ rules are instituted into national setting (2) to analyse the interplay between REDD+ and...

Kenya's Natural Capital - National Policy Makers

"Kenya is endowed with rich natural capital and biodiversity. Its diverse landscapes range from the Chalbi Desert in the north to the snow-clad peaks of Mt. Kenya, from the white beaches of the Indian Ocean to the shores of Lake Victoria, and from the rolling plains of Maasai Mara to the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The interactions between topography, soils, hydrology, plants, animals...

Kenya's Natural Capital - County Decision Makers

"Kenya is endowed with rich natural capital and biodiversity. Its diverse landscapes range from the Chalbi Desert in the north to the snow-clad peaks of Mt. Kenya, from the white beaches of the Indian Ocean to the shores of Lake Victoria, and from the rolling plains of Maasai Mara to the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The interactions between topography, soils, hydrology, plants, animals...

Agricultural Expansion and Water Pollution: The Yin-Yang in the Quality of Natural Water Resources

"Global increased agricultural productivity aims at meeting the food and commercial demands on agriculture. This boost is associated with agricultural expansion practices including irrigation and use of fertilizers, which could increase negative environmental effects, such as natural water resources contamination. These require robust management mechanisms, including adequate policies which...

Solar PV for Enhancing Electricity Access in Kenya: What Policies are Required?

"Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to a country’s economic development; and yet globally over 1.3 billion people are without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people are without clean cooking facilities. More than 95 per cent of these people are either in Sub-Saharan African or developing Asia and 84 per cent are in rural areas. Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in...

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