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Kenya’s MSME Policy Environment Ranks at 3 out of 5, needs to be reviewed towards global best

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the apex body of the private sector, recently launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Policy Index to provide policymakers and market players with a tool to monitor and evaluate progress achieved in implementing policies meant to support MSMEs. The tool, developed in 2018, is part of the KEPSA SME agenda and builds ...

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Lift for maritime sector in Kenya and Djibouti after fall in piracy

The upsurge of Somali piracy after 2005 led to significant international activity in the Horn of Africa. Naval missions, training programmes, capital investment and capacity building projects were among the responses to the threat. States in the region also started to focus on the dangers and opportunities associated with the sea. Kenya and Djibouti, two states directly affected by piracy, ...

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Western countries take sides in Kenya’s maritime row with Somalia.

A dispute over maritime ter- ritory in the Indian Ocean between Kenya and Somalia has resulted in major western countries lining up on either side, depending on which of the two African nations best serves their oil interests. The disputed territory is 100,000 square kilometres with prospects of vast oil and gas deposits. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have ...

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Understanding the political economy of maize in Kenya

Maize is the cheapest source of calories among the cereal grains, mak- ing up about 65% of total food calories consumed by households in Kenya. To meet this demand, maize is produced on 40% of the total crop area – mainly by smallholders. Kenya’s annual production tar-get has been 40 million bags or approximately 3.6 million tons. However, over the ...

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The power of the purse threatens academic freedom in Kenya’s universities

Academic freedom is the right enjoyed by university teachers to teach, research and write in their areas of expertise without fear of retribution by institutional powers or political authorities. In universities, academic freedom is desirable because their work is to search for truth, transmit knowledge and, often, speak truth to power. Constraints on this freedom threaten the very essence of ...

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What Kenya has going for it in bid for security council seat

The UN’s Security Council has the primary respon- sibility of maintaining international peace and security. It enjoys robust powers including the imposition of sanctions and authorisation of military action when international peace is threatened. Given the Council’s preeminent role in internation- al affairs it is not surprising that most states aspire to membership. The composition of the Security Council has ...

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Lessons from Kenya on how to boost breastfeeding rates

Kenya has, over the past two decades, made tremendous achievements in promoting breastfeeding.   the  num- ber of babies who were exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives rose from just 13% in 2003 to about 61% in 2014. this     was     achieved     largely because of two programmes led by the  ministry  of  Health:  the  baby Friendly Hospital Initiative ...

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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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