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Uncensored Mtaani: Young and Pregnant

Over 370,000 people aged between 10 and 19 years became pregnant between July 2016 and June 2018 in Kenya, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). While the situation is much dire in largely rural counties like Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Homa Bay, Samburu and others, the high rate of teenage pregnancies bears its ugly head even in urban areas like Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Read More

Bulla Karatasi: The Forgotten Massacre

On November 9th, 1980, something happened in a village in Garissa county that forever changed not just the history of the local population and scarred them emotionally for life, how it was handled was to come to characterize the entire nation’s treatment of a region that has, since independence, struggled to identify with the rest of the country. Read More

Altering Nature: How Buildings Contribute to Flooding

Every time it rains in Kenya’s major urban centres, flooding follows. Why? Read More

The Profiteers: Hope and Despair Among Refugees

In the course of filming our investigative documentary, #TheProfiteers, our team visited a refugee camp in northern Uganda that harbours some of the 2.4 million South Sudanese who have fled their country since the war started. This brought them face to face with the effects of the country’s long-running civil war that has seen school enrollment in Orinya Primary School go up by a whopping 900%. Read More

Bobi Wine: I Left My Comfort to Bring Change in Uganda

Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known by his artistic stage name Bobi Wine, has been in the news in recent months because of his fierce criticism of President Yoweri Museveni’s repressive regime that has, for years, narrowed Uganda’s democratic space. Read More

The Profiteers

For over 200 years, the South Sudanese have known two words: war and plunder, centuries of enslavement by Northern Sudan and Egypt, colonization and deliberate under-development by the British and a further half a century of turmoil post the greater Sudan’s independence from Britain in 1956. Read More

Within These Walls

Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youths aged between 15-29 years, according to the World Health Organization. Close to 800,000 deaths every year are as a result of suicides. That translates to about one death every 40 seconds. Read More

Africa’s Troubling External Debt

Institute of Economic Affairs CEO Kwame Owino has previously told us that Kenya overloaded on debt by borrowing heavily from outsiders – through several sovereign bonds as well as through loans from foreign governments. What’s the situation like in Africa? He explains in this last segment of John-Allan Namu’s detailed conversation with him. Read More

David Ndii: The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Does Not Make Any Sense

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has just jetted back into the country fresh from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that brought together all of the continent’s heads of state and government to China’s seat of power, Beijing. At the forum, Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which was unveiled in 2017, was hailed as one of the successes of China’s long-standing relationship with Africa. Read More

Can Kenya Live Within its Means?

In an earlier piece where Institute of Economic Affairs CEO Kwame Owino breaks down Kenya’s debt as if he was explaining it to a teenager, he notes that for every 100 shillings held by Kenyans, 60 shillings go towards servicing debt. The question, then, becomes, can the country survive on the remaining 40 shillings? Read More

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