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Day: July 20, 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic: A Catalyst for Local Innovations and Change in the Telecommunication Sub-Sector

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has affected society as a whole and impacted nearly all the sectors of the economy, including the telecommunications sub-sector. In Africa, the pandemic has, on a positive note, spurred innovations that could chart a path for future tech-based activities. Kenya’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has expanded by 23 per …

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Social Assistance a Lifeline for Households During COVID-19 Crisis

Introduction The spread of coronavirus pandemic around the world has seen governments introduce, leverage and expand social assistance programmes through cash transfers to caution the poor from adverse effects of COVID-19. The pandemic has increased the risk factors of vulnerability and if one was not infected, they were affected. Further, the pandemic affected household finances …

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Strengthening Labour Relations to Avert Strikes in the Health Care Sector in Kenya

Since 2010, Kenya has experienced seven nationwide public healthcare workers strikes and numerous county-based strikes. The labour strikes which occurred in 2017 were the most significant in their magnitude and duration. During this period, there was a nationwide doctors’ strike that lasted 100 days followed by a nationwide nurses’ strike that lasted 150 days. Between …

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Re-engineering of Galana Kulalu Food Security Project to Maximize its Potential

Introduction Galana Kulalu project is one of the initiatives identified in the Kenya Vision 2030 that has potential to contribute to the achievement of food security under the “Big 4” initiatives. The Kenya Vision 2030 is an overarching roadmap in transforming Kenya into a middle-income nation providing high quality of life to all its citizens …

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Exchange Rate Dynamics and its Implications on Debt and Trade Flows

Exchange rate is a key indicator of the economic performance of a country. It plays a vital role in determining a country’s level of trade and capital flow dynamics. Exchange rate dynamism majorly influences the current account balance, the repayment of public debt and other macroeconomic prices such as inflation and interest rates. It can …

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Frontier Opportunities in Mobile Broadband and Network Coverage in Rural Kenya: The Case for Kitui County

Introduction Access to quality network coverage in Kenya is increasingly important in supporting the livelihoods of residents, given the increasing adoption of digital technology as an enabler to economic growth. Kenya is among the leading countries in Africa in uptake of modern technology and is transitioning into the digital economy. For instance, active mobile phone …

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