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Feb
18

Interest Rate Cap Two Years On: Outcomes for Kenya’s Economy

On 14th September 2016, the interest rate cap law came into effect, aiming at making credit affordable to the ‘common man’. The law puts a ceiling on lending rate by banks and other financial institutions to at most 4% above the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) base rate, known as the Central Bank Rate (CBR). […]

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Feb
18

Inclusive Growth and its Relevance in Kenya

On 12 December 2018, Kenya commemorated 55 years of independence from British rule, marking a big victory on social and political liberalization. Kenya is a lower middle-income economy striving to achieve a higher middle-income status. To get there requires accelerated economic growth and enhanced inclusiveness of this growth. This is the spirit of the Government’s […]

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Feb
10

Leveraging on Existing Legal Provisions to Deliver Adequate, Affordable and Decent Housing

The housing sector can leverage on existing legislation to steer the affordable housing agenda under the “Big Four” initiative. The target of the Government of Kenya is to deliver at least 500,000 decent, adequate and affordable housing units across major cities and towns by 2022 to bridge the annual deficit of 200,000 housing units. Over […]

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Jan
30

Revitalizing Technical and Vocational Training in Kenya

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) constitutes any form of education, training and learning activity leading to the acquisition of practical knowledge, understanding and skills relevant for gainful economic engagement, both formal and informal. A quality and relevant TVET system is, therefore, critical for national economic growth and global competitiveness as well as holding […]

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Jan
24

Organic Farming Potential and Benefits in Kenya

Organic farming is an integrated method of farming that strives for sustainable production in agriculture, enhancement of soil fertility and biological diversity while prohibiting, with rare exceptions, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, genetically modified foods and growth hormones. The key characteristics of organic farming include the following: protecting long-term fertility of soils by maintaining organic matter […]

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Jan
22

Need to Embrace Perspective, Persistence and Normative Values in Public Sector Reforms

Earlier in 2018, the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) hosted a stakeholder workshop to identify the challenges and opportunities facing ongoing public-sector reforms in Kenya. The workshop featured key representatives from the national and county governments, private sector institutions, and civil society and faith-based organizations. Among the numerous issues raised during […]

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Jan
09

The Role of Family in Inculcating National Values

In the Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2013 on National Values and Principles of Governance, the Kenya Government has identified the family as one of the drivers and value carriers in its quest to entrench national values and principles of governance in the country. Values have a major influence on a person’s behaviour and attitude […]

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Dec
18

Can KQ Still Stay Afloat Amid New and Increasing Competition?

Debate over turning around Kenya Airways(KQ) and putting the national carrier back on the profitability track has been ongoing since 2013. The company began experiencing a dwindling performance in 2013 when it recorded an after-tax loss of KSh7.9 billion compared to a profit of KSh 1.7 billion recorded in 2012.  The management then attributed the […]

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