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Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), labour leaders, faith-based organizations, religious leaders and other civil society representatives play a critical and diverse set of roles in societal development. Will the shifting external environment for civil society have any place in civil society? The Elephant in conversation with Dr Wandia Njoya, a s…
 
Dr Wandia Njoya explores developments in Kenya’s education sector since independence. She explains that the initial 7-6-3 system was designed to recreate a British style elite; 8-4-4 created more rounded Kenyans who were better critical thinkers; now we head into the uncertainties of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), which seems to be a throwb…
 
In Kenya, the question of who, what and when the civil society started and evolved remains a contentious issue. The nature, scope and operations of the civil society tend to be bandied to the identity of the few known stalwarts while many key parts of the sector remain relatively obscure. And as Muthoni Wanyeki explains, these sins of omission and …
 
In the 1990s, a group of intelligentsia arose to partner with the then civil society, and the new crop of firs-time politicians in parliament. The three different factions were all conflated to be part of the civil society. But as senior economist David Ndii clarifies, these three groups were distinct yet cooperative in expanding the political spac…
 
As long as we focus on the tribe, we will lose the nation and be stuck in the tribal mire. Kenya will cease to be a society. We will lose our sense of collective responsibility and find in its place a culture of competitive victimhood. The Elephant in conversation with Rev. Canon Francis Omondi, a Priest of All Saints Cathedral Diocese of the ACK, …
 
Kenyan youth are not to blame for their election apathy. For decades, elections have hardly made a difference in curbing violent plunder by Kenya’s ruling class. The youth are wondering whether this would be any different. The Elephant in conversation with Dr Alex Awiti, Associate Professor and Vice Provost - Aga Khan University, East Africa.…
 
For tax justice to truly work on behalf of the citizen, it must be founded on the principles of human rights. This demands that the fiscal architecture in place allows for citizen participation; non-discrimination, and empowering processes that enhance social mobility. The Elephant in conversation with Leonard Wanyama, regional coordinator of the E…
 
Kenya’s agro-economy accounts for about 24 per cent of GDP and 74% of jobs (GoK, 2008). On 4th March 2013, the central government transferred much of the at least 10 separate sub-sectors to county governments. These are crops (both industrial and food), horticulture, livestock, fisheries, land, water, cooperatives and marketing, environment and nat…
 
Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. An early, sustained and deliberate adoption of digital tools to provide government services to its citizens. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future? The Elephant in conversation with Kadri Humal Ayal, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Kenya.…
 
In this conversation, we talk about tax justice and the 15% minimum corporate tax proposal by the G7. What is it about, why is it important for Africa and what can we do? Crystal Simeoni, Director at NAWI, in conversation with Chenai Mukumba, Policy Research and Advocacy Manager at the Tax Justice Network Africa.…
 
The Northern Rangelands Trust has been active in the pastoralist region, setting up "Community Wildlife." Some have argued that these conservancies are a trojan horse for taking away pastoralist land. With the coming into force of the Community Land Act 2016, securing pastoralist land has become even more urgent. The Elephant in conversation with A…
 
Socially, the pastoralists are patriarchally organized; men take most of the powers, and women are to be seen and not heard. That combined with the climatic shocks, where women are disproportionately affected, has made them incredibly vulnerable. However, economic empowerment through programs like Ushanga - an endeavour that was mostly undertaken b…
 
The Community Land Act, No. 27 of 2016 (the Act) came into force on 21 September 2016. The Act gives effect to Article 63 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (The Constitution) which provides for the classification of land known as community land. While the law is progressive on paper- it enables local communities to register and own their communal …
 
Pre-independence, Kenya's Northern Frontier Districts fought to be part of Somalia during Shifta War or Gaf Daba (1963–1967). The post-1963 Kenya war against the "Shifta," securitized the relationship between the state, the region, and the people. Since then a series of massacres- the Wagala (1984), Bagala (1998), and Malka Mari (1982), and the adv…
 
Increasingly, elders in the north play a critical role in determining who gets elected for political offices, especially county offices. However, how do traditional/cultural institutions interact with the new formal political institutions? The relationship between these institutions is not always unidirectional, but they mutually influence each oth…
 
The Constitution of Kenya, in Article 53 (1) (b) states that every child has a right to free and compulsory basic education, yet since Kenya’s independence, the arid north has continued to exhibit extensively lower access, participation, completion, and achievement rates thanks to insecurity. The Elephant in conversation with Fatuma Ali Saman, a Ke…
 
The young people are central to how the current election will shape up. Their contribution as voters, aspirants, citizens, policymakers and experts makes them a central cog in our electoral machinery. But how has the current crop of leaders approached the youth issue, especially the urban youth voter? The Elephant talks to youth mobilizer, Mr Rasat…
 
Do farmers owe the nation food or do they owe themselves a profit? Should youths join the farming craze? Our country is primarily agricultural as it contributes about 26 per cent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), another 27 per cent of GDP indirectly through linkages with other sectors and value addition. The sector employs more than 40 perc…
 
The contest between traditional seeds and IP patented industrially produced seeds runs apace. Seed savers Kenya believes their seed preservation techniques are great and ought to be preserved. Meanwhile, the industry seems to try and edge them out. That contest pits farmers against industrialists has immediate effects on consumers, farmers, seeds o…
 
Around a third of Kenyans live in the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions (ASAL), which is 80 % of Kenya's landmass. The region temperatures have risen 0.34 degrees C (.6 F) per decade since 1985, which is fueling more severe cycles of drought. The drought cycle has been reduced from ten years to five years, with increasing intensity and frequency of drough…
 
Devolution, access occasioned by new highways, a rise of local elites, has created a boon for sub-counties and towns within the counties in the North. The growth of LAPPSET is promising to more than triple the transport and communication infrastructure. And even though the northern counties are still reeling from decades of exclusion, a new hope em…
 
Elections in some ways have been great drivers of conflict and tools of authoritarianism but they also bring about positive incremental change and provide some form of accountability. Our moderator Patrick Gathara, and discussants Rashid Abdi, Justin Willis and Samira Gaid reflect on the progress made in democratizing the East African region and wh…
 
Elections in some ways have been great drivers of conflict and tools of authoritarianism but they also bring about positive incremental change and provide some form of accountability. Our moderator Patrick Gathara, and discussants Rashid Abdi, Justin Willis and Samira Gaid reflect on the progress made in democratizing the East African region and wh…
 
Elections in some ways have been great drivers of conflict and tools of authoritarianism but they also bring about positive incremental change and provide some form of accountability. Our moderator Patrick Gathara, and discussants Rashid Abdi, Justin Willis and Samira Gaid reflect on the progress made in democratizing the East African region and wh…
 
Elections in some ways have been great drivers of conflict and tools of authoritarianism but they also bring about positive incremental change and provide some form of accountability. Our moderator Patrick Gathara, and discussants Rashid Abdi, Justin Willis and Samira Gaid reflect on the progress made in democratizing the East African region and wh…
 
Every day, hundreds of millions of people go to bed hungry. Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. Two billion are overweight or obese. Yet 462 million are underweight. Nearly a third of all food that is produced, is lost or wasted. How does a world of so much plenty struggle to feed so many of its inhabitants? The Elephant talks to Gre…
 
How are the respective players preparing for the upcoming elections? What role have they played in the past and how is that likely to change or evolve in the coming months? What will shape voter decision making and how does that feed the need for civic education? The Elephant speaks to the founder of Accountability Demand Net (ADN), Cyprian Nyamwam…
 
Between COVID-19 and resultant issues, an approaching debt cliff, a new crop of young voters and a wobbly economy, Kenyans seem to have a clear set of the issues that will define the upcoming elections. How will Kenyans go about ranking their respective pressing issues and how will that shape the upcoming elections? The Elephant in conversation wit…
 
A community is only as honest as the stories it tells itself. Who are we? What makes us a country or nation? How did we arrive at our stories? How does what we tell ourselves about our origin, and self-existence say about us? The Elephant joins Dr Wandia, Mshai Mwangola, Ngala Chome and Oyunga Pala to elucidate on how we arrived at the stories we t…
 
Successive issues around land, reparations, colonial violence, and policing structures throughout Kenya's life span have created a leash on the capacity of the Kenya public to imagine and build forward. How do we set free the soul of the Kenyan people? The Elephant joins Dr Wandia, Mshai Mwangola, Ngala Chome and Oyunga Pala to elucidate on how bes…
 
What is a state and what is a nation? How have the two co-existed within our country and especially within the last few decades? The impact that the two structures have on the everyday lives of citizens and households is immense. The Elephant joins Dr Wandia, Mshai Mwangola, Ngala Chome and Oyunga Pala to elucidate on how best to fix ourselves as a…
 
On May 14th the Kenyan High Court declared the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2021 unconstitutional. The proponent moved to the Court of Appeal who affirmed the decision of the high court. The proponents have decided to move to the Supreme Court. How has the process panned out and what will the Supreme Court decide on issues that touch on Section 25…
 
It is now 11 years since we voted in the current Constitution. Its implementation has been a case of hits and misses. Now a new wind of political disquiet is driving the call for a referendum. Is it too soon to try and change a document we have barely implemented? A conversation between The Elephant and Mutemi Wa Kiama.…
 
It is barely 350 days to the next decisive general elections. The fluidity of the current political setup leaves a lot of room for negotiation but also increasingly narrows the choices available both for the political players and the voter. So, what gives. An Interview between The Elephant and Griffins Makokha.…
 
We are within 350 days to the next elections in Kenya. The calendar for nominations, resignations, coalition building and political lines have been drawn. What are some of the key issues to look out for between now and the next election? An interview between The Elephant and advocate Patrick Kilonzo.…
 
Kenya is about 60% youth with the median age of the country being 19.7 years. Recent calls for a referendum have very real and direct implications on the fate of the young. The question then remains; does the call for a referendum has the welfare of the youth at heart? as discussed by Joe Kobuthi, Ngala Chome, Darius Okolla and Shiko Kihika.…
 
Kenya is about 60% youth with the median age of the country being 19.7 years. Recent calls for a referendum have very real and direct implications on the fate of the young. The question then remains; does the call for a referendum has the welfare of the youth at heart? as discussed by Joe Kobuthi, Ngala Chome, Darius Okolla and Shiko Kihika.…
 
Kenya is about 60% youth with the median age of the country being 19.7 years. Recent calls for a referendum have very real and direct implications on the fate of the young. The question then remains; does the call for a referendum has the welfare of the youth at heart? as discussed by Joe Kobuthi, Ngala Chome, Darius Okolla and Shiko Kihika.…
 
In recent years under President Farmaajo, Somali has tried to steer away from the indirect election in the respective elections for the lower and upper houses. Failure to fix the issues that led to the indirect elections have come back to haunt and as Lead Now co-founder Ruqia Botan spells out, this may just prove to be the journey into the politic…
 
Somali's regional and presidential elections and both the lower and upper houses are happening amidst evolving clan, security and regional issues. What is the place of AMISOM, American presence, Al Shabaab, and new electoral systems in this upcoming election? Somali citizens, experts and watchers Ms Rukia Mohammed, Idil Ibrahim, AbdiNassir Yusuf, a…
 
Somali's regional and presidential elections and both the lower and upper houses are happening amidst evolving clan, security and regional issues. What is the place of AMISOM, American presence, Al Shabaab, and new electoral systems in this upcoming election? Somali citizens, experts and watchers Ms Rukia Mohammed, Idil Ibrahim, AbdiNassir Yusuf, a…
 
Somali's regional and presidential elections and both the lower and upper houses are happening amidst evolving clan, security and regional issues. What is the place of AMISOM, American presence, Al Shabaab, and new electoral systems in this upcoming election? Somali citizens, experts and watchers Ms Rukia Mohammed, Idil Ibrahim, AbdiNassir Yusuf, a…
 
The pandemic measures taken by the state have hit the young quite hard and denied them jobs and opportunities. This feeds into pre-existing labour issues and if not properly and urgently addressed we risk losing a chunk of the 18-29 as they fall through the economic cracks. An interview with Mr James Owaka.…
 
It is a year to the next general elections and second presidential transition under the 2010 constitution. How have we fared? Can the counties do better? and how does that fit with the current calls for a constitutional change? The Elephant in conversation with public scholar Viscount K'owuor.by The Elephant által
 
The postponed election and Tigrayan crisis following in the wake of the Oromo crisis have left critical aspects of the Ethiopian democracy in trouble. The future holds so much possibility yet remains very fluid. The question therefore remains, who will blink first, and what is the state of the warring regions? A conversation between The Elephant an…
 
The postponed election and Tigrayan crisis following in the wake of the Oromo crisis have left critical aspects of the Ethiopian democracy in trouble. The future holds so much possibility yet remains very fluid. The question therefore remains, who will blink first, and what is the state of the warring regions? A conversation between The Elephant an…
 
The postponed election and Tigrayan crisis following in the wake of the Oromo crisis have left critical aspects of the Ethiopian democracy in trouble. The future holds so much possibility yet remains very fluid. The question therefore remains, who will blink first, and what is the state of the warring regions? A conversation between The Elephant an…
 
This new series seeks to interrogate the effects of the historic May 13, 2021 judgment declaring the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) unconstitutional. This means a lot for Kenya’s constitutional path. In this context, we what does the doctrine of Basic structure, rule of law and succession politics means for the Kenya public and its respective st…
 
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