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:

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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Kenya: So Rich Yet So Poor, Is Turkana Selling Its Due?

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Article featured in the Star newspaper on 29 November 2013
see: http://allafrica.com/stories/201311290270.html

Imagine a place that is linked to the origin of humankind; is one of the world’s leading archaeological sites and is now a World Heritage Site; has preserved wildlife fossils, which include the giant tortoise and the 20-foot long crocodile; is home to one of the smallest tribes on earth who still wear goat or fish skins and accessorize with fish bones or fish teeth; has the world’s largest permanent desert lake which is also the world’s largest alkaline lake; has an island with scenic crater lakes each harbouring its own kind of animal species like flamingos, crocodiles and tilapia; has sand dunes that measure over 40 feet high that are surrounded by palm trees; has a forest;is rich in wild life; has commercially viable oil deposits and a lot of water. Well, what do you think about this place? I think it is too good to be true. I think it should be one of the world’s biggest attractions. Read More

On the brink of a disaster, yet no one cares

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Posted Tuesday, March 22 2011 at 18:00 on http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/DN2/On+the+brink+of+a+disaster+yet+no+one+cares+/-/957860/1130842/-/view/printVersion/-/4nln10z/-/index.html


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The young and the restless: In 2009, more than half of the inmates at the Industrial Area Remand Prison came from single-parent homes, according to a new report. Most were unemployed, had experimented with drugs and felt neglected by both the society and the state. Would they have turned out better had they received undivided attention?

The young man next door is most likely unemployed or in casual engagement, is religious but never makes offerings at his place of worship, may be into crime, alcohol or drugs, is almost certainly a registered voter, and is likely to die before he clocks 60 years. Read More