Political Parties after Political Parties. The changing nature & reality of political power in Kenya

Party Politics

The nature and the number of parties in any nation determines the entire operations of parliament and the Government. How parties regulate themselves internally and conduct themselves vis - a - vis other parties, is in fact at the very heart of what we call “Democracy”.

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How China, Turkey and Russia influence the media in Africa

KAS Media Africa has asked experts on Chinese, Turkish and Russian media policies to outline the strategies that the state and media institutions are applying when dealing with media houses and media practitioners in Africa. As media experts in South Africa, the DRC or Nigeria are witnessing a growing pressure on their ways of investigating and positioning media in their countries as the Fourth Estate, this publication tries to give an overview, a handbook for orientation.

Assessment of Intergrated Development Plans for Samburu and Turkana Counties

Border Conflict

The need for this research work was borne out of the recognition of inter-communal and inter-clan conflicts as major concerns among the pastoral communities within the northern counties of Kenya. Specific focus was on the possible roles played by local politics and politicians as facilitators of intercommunal and inter-clan conflicts among the Baringo, Turkana, Samburu and West Pokot counties’ residents, especially those living at the cross-borders. The research further explored the existence and contribution of political economy and multi-dimensional predisposing factors to inter-community conflicts.

Guide for the Media to Champion for Increased Public Understanding & Participation in Food Security

Radio Programm for Food Security

This radio program guidebook has been designed to help radio journalists, reporters and hosts to set up and run Sustainable Food Security sessions in radio stations that have presence in West Pokot, Baringo and Samburu counties, and other rural counties of Kenya.

Women Access to LandRights for Food SecurityA case of Baringo and Samburu Counties

Women, Land and Food Security

The main objective of this study was to establish how land access by women affects food security in the various livelihood zones in Samburu and Baringo counties. The study, conducted by two independent consultants, was both qualitative and quantitative in nature where views were collected from political players, no-state actors and local community members from the two counties. Findings and discussions, including analysis was done for each county. The main thematic areas done analysis were: land ownership; local politics and women access to land; livelihoods options for women; challenges for accessing land rights by women and county plans regarding land rights and access.

A Guide for Radio Journalists on Devolution

Devolution and Media

Understanding the concept of devolution and its key functions and public participation still remains a challenge in majority of our counties. Media which includes local radio stations have been mentioned as one of the stakeholders that can enhance public participation at the counties. This radio discussion Tool kit seeks to educate the radio journalists in four counties where the KAS devolution program is implemented in Kenya on how best they can inform/educate their audience about matters devolution and how to participate in it.

The state of political engagements among young people and the challenges they undergo

Youth and Politics

Young people are not “citizens-in-training”, a role where they are often pushed back by education and political institutions. They are actors of today’s democracy. Young people have in many ways taken the leading role in initiatives and movements that proclaim the urgent need to deepen and expand democracy. Young people are not ‘victims’ or ‘problems’ as often claimed, but diverse and critical stakeholders in democracy.

Understanding Demographics and Politics in Kenya

Politics and Demographics

The study on politics and demography in Kenya aimed to understand the Kenyan political space and society by internalising challenges that come with population growth as well as developing counter measures which the country may warrant important.This study is therefore meant to understand the relationship between politics and population dynamics and how the various elements and variables relate.

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Neue Regierungskoalition in Kenia

Pakt der alten Männer oder Schub für die Demokratie?

Kenia ist auf dem Weg zu einer gänzlich neuen Regierungskoalition. Kleinere Parteien schließen sich der Regierung von Präsident Kenyatta an, der damit auf eine faktische Spaltung seiner Partei reagiert und sich Mehrheiten gegen den eigenen Vizepräsidenten und bisherigen Kronprinzen Ruto verschafft. Die hiermit verbundenen politischen Manöver zeigen zum einen, dass die politischen Familien, welche seit der Unabhängigkeit das Geschick Kenias prägen, immer noch tonangebend sind. Gleichzeitig laufen diese Manöver aber innerhalb des verfassungsmäßig vorgegebenen Rahmens ab. Es werden auf demokratischem Wege neue Mehrheiten organisiert, was in der Vergangenheit Kenias nicht selbstverständlich war.

Srengthening Local Health Governance

The idea to try out the Social Audit (SA) as tool to look at the state of local health sector governance was agreed among the participants in the training series workshops. This was justified as easier to test and conduct within the varying community set ups. Furthermore, in comparison to the other tools of social accountability, the CSOs agreed that SA was more effective and less technical, providing a more appropriate learning tool. While there would be mistakes in the first exercise(s), it was generally agreed that this step would lay the foundation for more engagements through SA by the local organizations. The process of generating evidence using SA was said to be less complicated yet convincing. Furthermore, the low-cost implication of conducting SA was said to be manageable compared to other tools.