Kenya’s Senate is considering a reproductive healthcare bill, which seeks to address reproductive health gaps. This is the second time the bill has come before the senate. It has, once again, drawn fire from religious groups, some politicians and civil society lobbies opposed to its proposals. Anthony Ajayi and Meggie Mwoka unpack the bill and […]

  Kenya has witnessed post-election violence in varying degrees since the return of multiparty politics in 1992. The worst was in 2008. Since then the country has had two contested and deeply divisive elections (in 2013 and 2017). In the 2007/2008 post election violence, journalists and the media were partly blamed for dividing the country along ethnic lines. The mainstream […]

  Many medical conditions, such as serious injuries, sepsis and heart attacks, need high quality emergency care quickly – or the patient may die. These time-critical conditions cause around half of all deaths worldwide, it’s been estimated, and they are more common in countries with lower incomes. Dangerous delays may happen at three points: the patient deciding […]

  COVID-19 continues to infect millions of people as the death toll mounts. There is currently no cure which means that controlling this disease requires a multi-pronged approach. This includes personal protection such as masks, social distancing and the isolation of infected individuals and their contacts. Testing detects infected individuals, especially the 45% of people who do […]

  This year – 2020 – marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It’s therefore understandable that it’s being marked as the year of the nurse and midwife. Nightingale is best known for her pioneering spirit and fearless approach to changing atrocious conditions and improving healthcare service delivery. These qualities still characterise the attitudes and habits of […]

A number of Africa’s fragile democracies have become vulnerable to the sword of leaders assuming wide-ranging powers under cover of emergency responses to COVID-19. Partly for this reason, Good Governance Africa has published a set of articles that conceptualise COVID-19 as a wicked problem. A “wicked problem” is exemplified by multiple stakeholders interacting in complex and unpredictable ways. […]

  In Kenya’s urban areas, there’s a serious problem of people not having enough food, particularly in the capital city of Nairobi. Those who live in low-income settlements earn very low wages – for instance around 67% of the urban poor are informal workers who earn about US$130 each month. As a result residents spend over half of […]

  Omaira Bolaños is director of the Latin America and Gender Justice Programs for the Rights and Resources Initiative. Latin America’s indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are facing not just one pandemic, but three. Women bear the brunt of them all, which threatens communities’ very survival. Women from Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendants, and other local communities are […]

  This week’s Clean Energy Transitions Summit, organised by the International Energy Agency, promises to bring together ministers, energy CEOs and major investors with the stated aim of building on the growing momentum for a sustainable pandemic recovery by developing policies that can create jobs, send greenhouse gas emissions into structural decline and increase energy sector […]

Catherine-Lune Grayson is a policy adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and author of a new report on climate change and conflict. An estimated 100,000 people died and livestock were decimated when a long drought hit West Africa in the 1970s. Isa, a 61-year-old community leader from northern Mali, recalled: “At […]

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