Around a third of Kenyans live in the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Kenya, which constitutes 80 % of Kenya's landmass. In Northern Kenya, temperatures have risen 0.34 degrees C (.6 F) per decade since 1985, according to U.S government data. This temperature change is fueling more severe cycles of drought. The drought cycle has been reduced from ten years to five years. But increasingly, that cycle has been reduced to 2-3 years. While the increasing intensity and frequency of drought are predictable, there has not been a commensurate policy response to cushion the predominantly pastoralist community that relies on...
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy's investigation starts in 2013, as they meet an attorney who is recruited by BAT in London to spy on the tobacco smugglers within South Africa. Over the next 8 episodes, they explored allegations that British American Tobacco used a network of spies to help damage its rivals.
Between July 2020 and June 2021 Africans held and traded in US$105.6 billion worth of crypto assets - especially Bitcoin - a growth of 1,200% in value over the previous year. Indeed, Africa - with countries like Nigeria and Kenya leading - saw the most explosive growth in peer-to-peer (P2P) payment platforms in terms of transaction volume across all the regions of the world. Much of the Bitcoin activity in Kenya and the rest of Africa has been speculative in a highly volatile commodity. Charles Mutiso breaks down what crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are and how they work.
The development of a technology whose integrity even governments cannot hack has started the next industrial revolution. Blockchain's immutability and lack of centralised control are already changing the way individuals and corporations interact in the digital space. Kenya is already at the cutting edge. Charles Mutiso explains what Blockchain is, how it works and why it is so consequential.
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 what needs to be done to secure long-term gains.
For decades, African countries have supported the Palestinian liberation struggle against Israel, seeing in it parallels with their own anti-colonial movements. Likewise, the African people must not hesitate to criticise Israeli international law violations and occupation of Palestinian lands. The Elephant speaks to Maren Mantovani, the international relations coordinator for the Stop the Wall Campaign and the international outreach coordinator for the Land Defense Coalition, a network of Palestinian social movements.
The Kenyatta family, Kenya's first family twice over, has perhaps, one of the deepest investments in Kenya’s economy than any political family. But a global leak of documents from offshore secrecy locations has exposed the family's long standing use of companies, and trusts in Panama and the British Virgin Islands. The leak is called Pandora Papers. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shared this leak with Africa Uncensored, who, with contributions from Finance Uncovered, can now report on the Kenyatta family's secret companies.
Waikwa Wanyoike explores the political and jurisprudential implications of the BBI judgement by the Appeal Court.
Addressing the inflammatory belief that pastoral herd accumulation leads to range degradation and desertification, the “new range ecology” has demonstrated the rationality behind building up herds in good years as an adaptive strategy for surviving the devastating droughts that characterize drylands. The Elephant in conversation with Dr Hussein Wario, PhD in Socio-ecology and Executive Director at Center for Research and Development in Drylands, Kenya.
Kenya's military intervention in Somalia in October 2011 was the first in the country's since independence outside the peacekeeping operations. But almost a decade later, little, if any, is discussed regarding the role, goals, and the end state of the military adventure. But increasingly, Al Shabaab has shifted and expanded its operational hotspots inside Kenya. The Elephant in conversation with Abdullahi Abdille, an independent researcher and Horn of Africa expert.
Dr Wandia Njoya explores the assorted changes in Kenya's education system since independence and the role it has played in changing Kenyan youth.
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), that seems to be a throwback to the original 7-6-3 system. Dr Njoya also explores the implications of these developments for Kenyan youth.