Kenya’s clampdown on civil society is against its self-interest

Jennifer Brass, Indiana University, Bloomington In the three years since Uhuru Kenyatta became president of Kenya, relations between his government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been repeatedly strained. Recently friction arose when the NGO Board – the agency responsible for registering organisations in Kenya – announced strict new rules on expatriate NGO workers. At nearly …

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How thrift and credit societies can help Africa promote entrepreneurship

Bamidele Adekunle, University of Guelph Lack of funding is one of the major challenges in the development of micro enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. One of the ways small business holders survive is by belonging to informal interdependent societies. The availability of finance is necessary for small business development and players in the market often use …

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Africa News Headlines for 5 May 2015 – John Kerry in Horn of Africa Edition

Burundi presidential term saga balloons into regional crisis as US, Rwanda, Tanzania drawn in Source: Mail & Guardian John Kerry meets Kenyan civil society activists, impressed by their energy and power Source: Standard Digital Kerry makes historic Somalia visit to show U.S. support Source: The Washington Post Secretary Kerry Visits Kenya Source: U.S. Africa Command …

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High-level U.S. diplomat visiting East Africa this week

A March 13 press release from the U.S. Department of State announced that Dr. Sarah Sewall, under secretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights, is visiting Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda this week. Under Secretary’ Sewall’s trip began March 12 and ends on March 20. From the media note: During her travel, Under Secretary Sewall …

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Q&A: Citizens monitor Nigeria’s elections using mobiles

By Aamna Mohdin [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] Nigeria’s elections, which were scheduled for 14 February, have been postponed for six weeks, with the government citing security concerns posed by insurgent group Boko Haram. But civil society groups have criticised incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan for using the group’s attacks as a pretext …

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