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Informing the Approach of Multilateral Development Banks to Use of Country systems

Most countries consider infrastructure development as a key enabler of development, as it spurs job creation, trade and investment. For many developing countries, multilateral development banks (MDBs) are important in addressing their infrastructure…

Climate-smart Agriculture in Kenya

The effects of climate change on agriculture are severe, and one of the most significant emerging challenges to household livelihoods in Africa. As such, it is imperative that efforts to address agriculture in the context of food security and rural…

Much Ado About Nothing? Zero Rating in the African Context

A fresh, public-interested assessment of the zero-rating of certain applications (apps) and platforms in the African mobile prepaid environment is overdue. This policy paper examines the issue of zero-rating within the contexts of the range of disco…

OTT - Threat or Opportunity for African Telcos?

Mobile broadband and declining smart phone prices have lead to a rapid increase in Internet use. Computer based Internet access was and still is the privilege of the few in Africa, mostly those with formal jobs, students and those that access it i…

Closing the Gap: Attaining Work Force Diversity and Pluralism in Kenya’s Private Sector

The objective of the study on Diversity Management and Pluralism in Kenya’s Major Private Sector is to establish the status of pluralism in the private sector in Kenya by examining: efforts by players in the sector aimed at promoting pluralism; th…

Does Gender Matter in the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies? A Case of Push-Pull Technology in Kenya

This paper examines if there is difference in the adoption of push-pull technology and other sustainable agricultural practices on plots managed by males, females and plots that are jointly-managed by males and females using plot level and gender …

Avocado Contract Farming in Kenya: Does it Work?

Avocado demand continues to grow locally and globally. Kenya’s export supply is also growing but progress is slow. The international boom in demand coincides with changes to the structure of the international fresh produce market reflecting a move f…

The Booming Peruvian Avocado Sector: Lessons for Kenya

The Peruvian experience highlights the importance of public interventions to develop the value chain. In this case, the agro-export boom was preceded by policies to encourage private large-scale actors. These private enterprises led to the identif…

Poverty Profile of Muthithi Location, Murang'a County

“Community-based monitoring system (CBMS) is an organized process of data collection and processing at the local level for use in local planning, program implementation and impactmonitoring by the local government, national government agencies, no…

Shaping the future: Strategies for Sustainable Development in Kenya

Kenya’s future offers both opportunities and significant challenges. It is a continental leader in information technology and has well-developed health and education systems relative to other lower-middle-income African countries, despite average …

Outcomes of the Nairobi WTO 10th Ministerial Conference: Implications for the EAC Cotton Sector Development

The paper examines the outcomes of the World Trade Organization (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Nairobi, what is termed the Nairobi package (WTO, 2015). Specifically, we investigate the implications of the package for the cotton sector d…

How will the Adoption of the Nairobi WTO 10th Ministerial Conference decisions on Cotton Impact on the East African Community?

In December 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) held its 10th Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting adopted the “Nairobi package” of decisions targeting agriculture, cotton and issues related to least-developed countries…

East African Regional Analysis of Youth Demographics

This report summarizes the findings of research on the socioeconomic implications of youth demographics in four East African Community (EAC) countries namely: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. For the study, we used systematic mapping approaches …

The Need for a Comprehensive Legal Framework for Social Protection in Kenya

Globally, social protection (SP) is recognised as one of the approaches for tackling poverty and promoting inclusive growth. In Africa, social protection has become a mainstay in poverty reduction strategies with many African countries developing SP…

Israel's ties with Africa: A Focus on Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Despite close ties in the 1950s and 1960s, an almost complete rupture in relations between Israel and African states occurred around the oil crisis and Yom Kippur War in 1973, over Israel’s captured land and the Palestinian issue. Relations had grad…

Illicit Financial Flows in Kenya: Mapping of the Literature and Synthesis of the Evidence

I llicit Financial Flows (IFFs) are a persistent challenge in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). IFFs account for huge sums of money transferred out of SSA countries illegally, stripping these countries of resources t…

Urban Areas Performance Index 2017: Eldoret

This brief shows performance of Eldoret town based on three areas, namely: service delivery, conditions for investment and governance. This town's performance was assessed using the Urban Areas Performance Index, a composite Index comprising 67 ind…

Urban Areas Performance Index 2017: Nakuru

This brief shows performance of Nakuru town based on three areas, namely: service delivery, conditions for investment and governance. This town's performance was assessed using the Urban Areas Performance Index, a composite Index comprising 67 indic…

Kenya's Crackdown on the South Sudanese

South Sudanese in Kenya were shocked when the Kenyan police started storming their residences, arresting and detaining many of them in police center in Nairobi, Nakuru, Lodwar, Eldoret, and Nyeri, among others. This came following a strongly worded …

Seven Years in, Slimmer Majority of Kenyans see Military Action in Somalia as Necessary

In October 2011, after years of conflict with extremist groups on its eastern and northeastern borders, Kenya sent about 2,000 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops into Somalia. Close on the heels of high-profile kidnappings and deaths of foreign tour…

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