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Positioning Kenya to Gain from the Economic Partnerships Agreement with UK in Post-Brexit Era

Background to the EPA Until 31st December 2020 (Brexit transition deadline), Kenya was accessing the United Kingdom (UK) market under the European Union (EU) standard Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP) and the EU-African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries agreement. The EU GSP grants low and lower middle-income countries partial or full removal of customs duties […]

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Circular Development-Accelerating the Agenda in Kenya

Introduction In the post-industrialization period, most economies adopted the ‘take-make-waste’ linear model that is less regenerative and more predatory to the environment, businesses, and society at large. Against the backdrop of growing global population, already degraded environment with over-exploitation and increasing concerns of climate change, it is imperative that economies reconsider their production models in

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Decongesting the Judiciary and Prisons Service through Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

Article 159 of the Constitution of Kenya compels the Judiciary, in exercising its authority, to promote alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including conciliation, mediation, arbitration and other traditional dispute resolution mechanisms. This is meant to ensure that as many Kenyans as possible have access to justice and that cases do not drag in courts longer than

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Accelerating Green Urban Growth in Nairobi

The theme for this year’s World Cities Day is “Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience”. The Day is being commemorated at a time when cities across the globe are experiencing climate-linked disasters—rising sea levels, floods, droughts, heatwaves, storms, and landslides. Over 56% of the world population, 44% of population in Africa, and 28% of population in

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Linking Women Farmers to Markets for Improved Nutritional Outcomes

Introduction Agri-food trade is a critical component to achieving the twin goals of food and nutrition security and global health. Trade affects the different dimensions of food and nutrition security: availability, access, utilization, and stability through three (3) key intervening factors, namely total food supply, household income and government services.  As defined by Food and

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Strengthening Multi-sector Interventions in the Reduction of Overweight and Obesity in Kenya

Introduction Obesity has tripled since 1975, causing about 3 million deaths from obesity-related diseases worldwide each year (WHO, 2018). Health systems have a challenge in managing the health needs of people with obesity, reiterating the need to change perceptions of obesity as a matter of personal failure to its recognition as a disease for focused

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Enhancing Diplomatic Ties through Peaceful Co-existence for Socio-Economic Gains between Kenya and Somalia

Introduction Kenya’s policy towards neighbouring countries is anchored on the principles of good neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence, amicable means of solving disputes, economic cooperation, shared prosperity and regional solidarity. Kenya’s regional policy is part of the Pan-Africanist foreign policy that seeks to “promote sub-regional and regional integration and cooperation. The policy emphasizes intra-African trade as the

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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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