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Malaria control strategies reduce the caseload – but bring new challenges

Kenya’s two major malar- ia prevention strategies – indoor residual spraying of homes in high transmission areas and the issuing of insecticide treated nets – have led to a signif- icant reduction in malaria trans- mission. The two methods were intro- duced in the country’s western highlands, traditionally considered a high transmission area, about a decade ago and have resulted ...

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Kenya has a massive skills gap: how it can fix the problem

Kenya’s extractives sector – covering oil, gas and mining– is booming. There have been recent discoveries of commercially viable resources, like oil and gold. The sector’s contribu- tion to the country’s gross domestic product currently stands at around 1%. But the government expects this to reach 10% by 2030. This sug- gests there’s still a great deal to be exploited. ...

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Sharenting: why mothers post about their children on social media

On Mother’s Day, social media feeds are often full of celebration. Facebook reported that in 2017, Mother’s Day “drove more posts in a single day than any other topic on Facebook in the last year”. For some countries, Facebook even created a temporary emoji – the purple flower – so people could fully express their gratitude for their mothers online. ...

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Justin Trudeau’s India debacle shows the pitfalls of ‘nation branding’

Lacking self-awareness? prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the Golden Temple in amritsar, india on  Feb.  21,  2018. Trudeau was pilloried in domestic and inter- national media for wearing indian traditional outfits during his trip. Justin Trudeau’s multiple missteps on his recent visit to india — wear- ing inappropriately formal dress and posing for corny photo-ops, at least once with a ...

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How selfies can build – and destabilize – brands

While self-portraiture is nearly as old as art itself, the photographic selfie emerged as a globally recognized phenomenon only recently, as a result of the rising “attention economy” and its growing appetite for likes, followers, retweets and fame. Google estimates some 24 billion selfies were taken in a year via 200 million Google accounts alone, which signals that the phenomenon ...

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Quest for 24-hr economy to boost industrial productivity

One of the cardinal function of governments world over is to provide a conducive environment for commercial businesses to thrive. This in turn leads to employment creation, generation of wealth, tax and overall development of the people. among the critical infrastruc- tural facilities government provides to enable the above is electricity. Electricity is literally the heartbeat of an economy and ...

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Three reasons why Africa should treat Tillerson’s visit with scepticism

US president Donald Trump prom- ised in late January that his Secretary of State rex Tillerson would  make  an “extended” visit to africa in March. in a letter to  all african leaders, he reportedly described the purpose of the visit as reaffirming “the partnerships and values we share with the african Union, member states and citizens across the continent”. Similar ...

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KENYA’S AGENDA IN DEVELOPING THE BLUE ECONOMY

The blue economy aims to move beyond business as usual and to consider economic development and ocean health as compatible propositions. Blue economy is ideal for a long-term strategy aimed at supporting sustainable and equitable economic growth through oceans-related sectors and activities such as tourism, fisheries, renewable energy, and maritime transport.   The blue economy is relevant to all countries ...

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Achille Mbembe on how to restore the humanity stolen by racism

A frican philosopher, achille mbembe, has gained an envi- able reputation as a scholar that challenges the tenets of modernity. Some aspects of modernity mbembe is known to challenge are characterised by the move towards more capitalistic economies, an increase in social stratifications and the universal- isation of Western European thought. From “On Private Indirect Government” (2000) to his recent ...

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