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Norwegian Church Aid Book Launch Invite 18th Nov

Invitation by Norwegian Church Aid to Luncheon for Extractives Book Launch

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Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) will host a luncheon on Wednesday November 18, 2015 to launch a publication titled “Local Communities in Kenya’s Extractives sector: From Paternalism to Partnership”. The book seeks to: comprehensively inform communities about EIs in general; make them aware of the relevant EI policies, legal and institutional frameworks; help them learn from the experiences of other EI countries in order to model alternatives; embolden communities to self-organise and to network in order to protect their livelihoods and cultures; as well as present tools and knowledge that adequately empowers them to participate in decision making processes that result in favourable outcomes for communities.

The launch will be held from 12.45 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. at Jubilee hall, Desmond Tutu Conference Center situated at the All Africa Conference of Churches Compound (AACC), along Waiyaki way. Please RSVP: Katindi Sivi-Njonjo at info@longviewconsult.com and Augustine Muthiga at augustine.muthiga@nca.no by Tuesday for planning purposes.

Important note:

The luncheon is hosted within an on-going national dialogue on the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) hosted by Diakonia’s Kenya Country Office.

Rare occasions when Kenyan men are justified in beating their wives

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‘The Youth Fact Book: InfinitePossibility or Definite Disaster’, a book I authored in 2010, has been recognized as an authoritative one stop shop of youth facts, figures and analysis with regard to the state of Kenya’s youth population. It was featured extensively in the article below.

By KWAMCHETSI MAKOKHA (kwamchetsi@formandcontent.com)

Posted Friday, November 26 2010 at 12:35 on http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Rare%20occasions%20when%20Kenyan%20men%20are%20justified/-/440808/1060924/-/item/1/-/15kkddkz/-/index.html

Burn the food, refuse to have sex and neglect the children — these are some of the surest ways for a Kenyan woman to get a beating from her husband.

Should these acts of provocation not yield results, she can also argue with her husband or go out without informing him, with sure-fire consequences. Read More

East Africa: Youth Can Seek Jobs in the EAC to Ease Pressure on Market

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‘The Youth Fact Book: InfinitePossibility or Definite Disaster’, a book I authored in 2010, has been recognized as an authoritative one stop shop of youth facts, figures and analysis with regard to the state of Kenya’s youth population. it was featured extensively in the article below.

Article by George Omondi

Increased spending on training is yet to match the rate of job creation in the country, a trend that analysts warn could have grave consequences because young people with skills are likely to remain unemployed.

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Foresight for Development: Featuring an African Futurist

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Katindi Sivi NjonjoKatindi Sivi Njonjo, a futurist with joy and passion for foresight

I first met Katindi for lunch in 2010 on a visit from California. I had just left my job at Institute for the Future and was preparing to go to graduate school in New York. I was so excited to meet her, to get some first-hand knowledge of foresight in Kenya. At the time I was a bit nervous; what should I expect? To my delight, Katindi was forever laughing and humble about all that she has achieved. I quickly knew that come 2011, when I have my summer break, I must find a way to return to Kenya and work with Katindi. And so I did.

I have discovered the more I learn about all the amazing work she has done in Kenya, the more humble she becomes. It is easy to see the joy and passion she finds in her work, and become enamored with the process through her eyes. I am happy to have had to opportunity to interview Katindi for Foresight for Development.

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Youth in East Africa: Infinite possibility or definite disaster?

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Article first featured on the Foresight for Develpment website on Saturday, 02 February 2013 17:21
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The Future of Youth

Following a disputed election in 2007, Kenya experienced spontaneous violence in reaction to the election results mainly in opposition areas, organized attacks mainly in Rift Valley Province against certain ethnic groups that supported the incumbent,organised retaliatory attacks as well as opportunistic sexual and gender based violence. Findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence enumerated the growing population of poor, unemployed youth, educated and uneducated, who agree to join militias and organized gangs as part of the major root causes of the conflict. According to a youth advocacy organization, Youth Agenda, young were responsible for 7.32% of all incidents of pre-planned violence. 54.88% of those who executed the violence were youth.

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Experts Fault County Funds Sharing Recipe

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The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 created a devolved system of government. The 47 county governments are responsible for socio-economic development partly through resources allocated from the National Government. A Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) was set up to come up with a formula of how these resources would be allocated. The first formula proposed allocations in the following manner: 60 per cent according to the population size; 12 per cent according to poverty levels; six per cent according to land size; and two per cent according to fiscal responsibility.
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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

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In this rainy season, KenGen  will complain of overflowing dams but a month or so into the dry season, they will run low on water and KPLC will have to ration electricity. Budalangi will flood every year in April but the community will wait to lose lives or property before they can move to higher ground. Many households will watch the rain water runoff instead of harvesting it for consumption, only to buy water a few days later. Food will rot in Rift valley while people are dying of hunger in Northern Kenya.

What is it that makes intelligent human beings keep running into the same problems year in year out and not do anything about it? Why don’t we ever prepare for eventualities in our lives, even the most obvious ones?

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What Pre-oil Economies in Africa must Consider!

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First featured on Foresight for Development Website:
http://www.foresightfordevelopment.org/featured/post-oil

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:49

Katindi Njonjo shares her reflections on African considerations following the Futures Forum on Post-Oil Economy held in Baku, Azerbaijan (June 2013).

Strong symbolism is attached to oil since this raw material was the foundation of economic systems in the 20th century and continues to be the fuel of global industrialization in the 21st. It is a key to the hierarchy that exists between countries from the richest to the least advanced. An oil based economy also involves incomparable sums of money (Magrin & Vliet, undated). That is perhaps why recent discoveries of commercially viable deposits of oil in the East African region and ‘the probability of the region becoming a global player in oil production’ (United States Geological Survey [USGS], 2012) has caused a lot of excitement.
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