Why aid industry has to review its Somalia strategy: Beyond funding, it’s to relook at how the system works

Why aid industry has to review its Somalia strategy: Beyond funding, it’s to relook at how the system works

Famine once again threatens Somalia. In the rush to respond, we risk missing a bigger lesson – the need to reform an aid system that prioritises short-term relief over protecting people’s livelihoods and restoring their dignity. Right now, more than seven million people are going hungry, with over 365,000 children...

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Wafula Buke: Shrewd strategist and ideologue Kenya’s Raila Odinga ignored, then lost 2022 polls

Wafula Buke: Shrewd strategist and ideologue Kenya’s Raila Odinga ignored, then lost 2022 polls

In the aftermath of Kenya political stalwart Raila Odinga losing a presidential election for the fifth time, political commentator Edwin Shivakale Skem took time to reflect on where the rain began beating the Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Alliance flagbearer. The absence of former political detainee and University of...

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Electricity politics take centre stage as France weighs viable options to nuclear energy

Electricity politics take centre stage as France weighs viable options to nuclear energy

Pro-nuclear energy activists often use Germany as an example of a country that drastically cut its nuclear energy production – in response to safety concerns raised by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 – only to end up buying electricity from France. Although there’s a lot of talk...

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Torn between energy independence and risks posed by nuclear risks France faces uncertain future

Torn between energy independence and risks posed by nuclear risks France faces uncertain future

Around 70 per cent of French electricity is derived from the splitting of atoms, and no other country produces more nuclear power per capita. More than a means of keeping the lights on, France’s prowess in the nuclear space is also a source of national pride – the amalgamation of...

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Should Kenyans opt for mandatory voting to correct a system that is designed to deliver kakistocracies?

Should Kenyans opt for mandatory voting to correct a system that is designed to deliver kakistocracies?

What are we supposed to do when the electoral system consistently yields terrible candidates? If you’ve noticed an eerie silence coming from the direction of Kenya, it’s because many of us are struggling to believe that what the news is telling us. William Samoei Ruto, former deputy president and International...

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Gen Townsend: Wagner is an arm of the Kremlin and they’re doing President Putin’s bidding in Africa

Gen Townsend: Wagner is an arm of the Kremlin and they’re doing President Putin’s bidding in Africa

As Gen Stephen J Townsend prepares to relinquish command of the United States military’s Africa Command, he shared some insights on what he calls, “US national security objectives in Africa,” which he said includes promoting a more stable and prosperous Africa. To better understand the US military’s perspective, foreign and...

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Biden’s equivocation on abortion rights is snowballing into key campaign issue in 2024 US elections

Biden’s equivocation on abortion rights is snowballing into key campaign issue in 2024 US elections

The proclamation “I will aid and abet abortion” appeared across social media soon after Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justices did what they were appointed to do: overturn Roe v. Wade ruling on abortions rights. Leaving aside the question of whether it’s a great idea to advertise one’s intent to engage...

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Ethiopia’s forgotten war: <strong>Oromo Liberation Army only responds to state terrorism, human rights abuse</strong>

Ethiopia’s forgotten war: Oromo Liberation Army only responds to state terrorism, human rights abuse

In November 2020 an outbreak of violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region captured worldwide attention. The conflict was between Tigrayan forces and the forces of the Ethiopian government and its allies. Since then, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been under increasing global pressure to negotiate with Tigrayan officials to stop the...

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<strong>Violence against women: Media and researchers should stop revelling in calling South Africa ‘rape capital’</strong>

Violence against women: Media and researchers should stop revelling in calling South Africa ‘rape capital’

Researchers and journalists in South Africa tend to portray sexual violence as an ever-worsening crisis, focusing on either the latest police statistics or the most violent and horrific recent incidents. Since the late 1970s, the media has displayed a near obsession with reporting rape numbers and gruesome case details. The...

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Design thinking: A powerful methodology for projects, but NOT thinking about design!

Design thinking: A powerful methodology for projects, but NOT thinking about design!

Why do simple and effective approaches to getting things done often become obscured by jargon? For example, way back in the last century when I worked at HP we experienced big changes in the business environment. Although layoffs are common at HP these days, back then everyone I knew believed...

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