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Nov
30

Multiplicity of Inconsistent Laws Hindering Effective Protection of Wetlands and Riparian Land

Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment (United Nations) In August 2018, the National Environmental […]

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Nov
27

Broader Preventive Policies: The Missing Link in Efforts to Reduce Sexual Violence in Kenya

Persistent accounts of sexual violence in Kenya’s mainstream and social media paint a troubling picture of gender relations in Kenya. According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, 45 per cent of Kenyan women and 44 per cent of Kenyan men between the ages of 15 – 49 had experienced some form of physical […]

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Nov
20

African Continental Free Trade Area Roadmap: Potential Benefits to Kenya and the African Continent

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a flagship project of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 in advancement of the Abuja Treaty, which established the roadmap towards an African Economic Community. The Treaty’s aims are much broader than trade and economic integration. It aims at social and cultural development, maintaining economic stability, cooperation […]

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Nov
19

World Toilet Day: It’s Time for Reform in Kenya’s Sanitation Sector

As we mark the World Toilet Day on 19th November, we should consciously reflect and have candid discussions on the of management human waste. It is unpalatable that over 1.1 billion people in the world including 5.5 million Kenyans engage in open defecation. The country missed the 2015 targets on millennium development goals of 40 […]

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Nov
02

Corruption in Kenya: Is there a Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Corruption has no universal definition because it is a contextual phenomenon experienced differently across the world. There are several definitions of corruption that have been offered over time, and these will continue evolving to reflect the changing nature of society, notions of values and ethics, and criminal activity. For example, Transparency International (TI) defines corruption […]

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Oct
31

The Missing Links to Self-Sufficiency in Kenya’s Sugar Sub-Sector

The sugar sub-sector in Kenya provides both forward and backward linkages to the economy by supplying raw materials to manufacturing industries and providing employment opportunities for the locals in sugar zones. The various towns that have sprung up around the sugar factories provide services related or unrelated to cane production. The sub-sector’s economic role dates […]

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Oct
25

Building resilience to flood-related disasters

Floods are among the most common and destructive natural hazards. They occur when large quantities of water overflow onto a normally dry land. Flooding can be caused by overflowing of streams, rivers, lakes or oceans or can be because of excessive rain. Various factors are likely to see an increase in the frequency and intensity […]

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Sep
19

VAT Refund Structure in Kenya and its Challenges

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax on consumer expenditure introduced in Kenya in January 1990 to replace Sales Tax, which had been in operation since 1973. VAT was introduced as a measure to increase government revenue by expanding the tax base, which hitherto was confined to sale of goods at the manufacturing and importation […]

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