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The Regionalisation of the South Sudanese Crisis

This report will discuss the geopolitical context and consequences of the underlying competition for direct political and economic influence in South Sudan. It will reflect on the practical military considerations preoccupying the vast array of play…

Looking Back, Moving Forward : A Regional Synthesis Report of Beijing +20 Reviews from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Rwanda and Uganda

Four of the twelve thematic areas of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)is addressed in this report notably, Women and poverty, Women and economy, Violence against women and Women in power and decision-making. The review focuses on the four theme…

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 env…

Improving Institutional Effectiveness to Provide Decent Job Opportunities in Kenya

Since independence, the creation of productive and sustainable employment opportunities has remained a central policy priority of the Kenyan government. Although there has not been a lack of policy initiatives regarding the employment challenge in K…

Adapting Dryland Livestock Production to Meet Climate Change Challenges in Kenya

"Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands cover 82% of the country’s total land area, and host close to 70% of its livestock and 25% of its human population. In Ijara, a sub-county of Garissa, persistent drought and high temperatures repeatedly devastate li…

From the Cape to Cairo? The Potential of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

"This paper shows that there is a sound case for regional economic integration in the form of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The three main countries involved in this project – Egypt, Kenya and South Africa – have a considerable regional tr…

The role of Development Financial Institutions in the Acquisition of Technological Capabilities by Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya

"The research examines the role of Development Financial Institutions in the Acquisition of Technological Capabilities in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya. Empirical research has shown that technological capabilities hold the key to comp…

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2015

‘Appraising the Efficacy of SADC in Resolving the 2014 Lesotho Conflict: Progress and Prospects’ presents an assessment of the efficacy of SADC’s intervention to resolve the Lesotho crisis, progress made so far and prospects for restoring peace and …

From the Nakuru County Peace accord (2010-2012) to Lasting Peace

"The case study examines the post-election violence of 2007-2008 within a wider historical context of ethnic-based conflict. It reveals the critical role of four groups – male Elders from the Gikuyu and the Kalenjin communities, the National Cohesi…

Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Variability of the Bos-taurysdairy Genotypes in Nandi South and Rongai Countries in Kenya

"The study assessed the vulnerability and adaptation strategies of the Bos-taurus dairy breed/ genotypes (DBG) to climate variability of in two diverse production environments (PEDs) namely Rongai and Nandi South counties. Long-term climatic data an…

A Validated Report of the National Conflict Mapping and Analysis with Recommendations for Actors

In this report a snapshot is provided of the major causes of conflict in Kenya and different scenario settings in order to capture the essence of the discussions and subsequent recommendations presented at the workshop. It is intended to inform an…

Citizens in Action Making Peace in the Post Election Crisis in Kenya

This paper presents in some detail the story of a citizen diplomacy group, the Concerned Citizens for Peace (CCP), whose initiatives helped to rally the country toward dialogue and negotiations, thus serving as a precursor to the formal mediation pr…

Africa Rising: Inequalities and the Essential Role of Fair Taxation

"This report investigates the issue of income inequality in eight sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). While there is growing public recognition that inequality is the issue …

All Bark No Bite State Cooperation and the International Criminal Court

In this report, the history of the Kenya Government’s failure to cooperate with the ICC leading to the collapse of the Kenyatta case was chronicled. It identifies gaps in the cooperation enforcement regime of the Rome statute and offers some suggest…

The Role of Policy Brokers: The Case of Biotechnology in Kenya

"The purpose of this paper is to highlight specific activities of brokers in the biotechnology regulatory process and to report on and critically examine their emergence in relation to what this might mean for a renewed pro-development debate spu…

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 pe…

Oyola and Wakesi in Kenya: Locals Adapting to Effects of Climate Change

Adaptation has become part of the discourse of global warming and is now widely recognized as a fundamental and necessary response to the threat posed by the climatic changes that will occur, or are already occurring due to past and present carbon e…

Kenya’s Somali North East: Devolution and Security

There is a worrying loss of faith in the capacity of the state, at the core of the security crisis in the North East – and with Kenya in general, whether in centralized or devolved form, to deliver collective security and find a just solution to loc…

Traditional Healers and Their Provision of Mental Health Services in Cosmopolitan Informal Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya

"Traditional healing has been practiced by many cultures in Kenya and for many years. It is an accepted mode of treatment in different cultures. Traditional healers are consulted even today and provide treatment to many people. Traditional medicine …

A Study on Intellectual Property Environment in Eight Countries: Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) refers to protection of inventions in all fields of human endeavor – scientific discoveries, industrial designs, Trade Marks, Service Marks, Literary, Artistic, Scientific Works, Performances, Sound recordings, br…

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