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Research Report: The Kenyan Digital Economy

The research report on Kenya’s digital economy presents a brief history of the events and technological developments that lead to and shaped the digital revolution in Kenya since the 1990s until today. What follows is a collection of different measures of the digital economy in Kenya. Despite greatly varying estimates depending on data source and methodology, the general picture that emerges is that Kenya’s ICT sector is smaller than in most developed but larger than in many developing countries and has accounted for a substantial share of Kenya’s economic growth in the last 15 years, outperforming all other sectors in terms of GDP growth. The sub-sectoral analysis reveals that the internet access, mobile money, IT hardware and audio and video content (incl. broadcasting) markets are the largest sub-sectors.

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Kampf der Korruption in Kenia

by Jan Cernicky, Thomas Tödtling

PR-Maßnahme oder langfristige Strategie?
Korruption ist in den vergangenen Monaten das zentrale Thema in der politischen Diskussion Kenias. Präsident Kenyatta hat einen „war on graft“ ausgerufen, der in den Medien als zentraler Bestandteil seiner letzten Amtszeit verstanden wird. Öffentlichkeitswirksam wurden illegal errichtete Gebäude abgerissen. Alle öffentlichen Angestellten müssen sich einem demütigenden „livestyle audit“ unterziehen, in welchem Ihre Vermögenssituation untersucht wird. Die Motive für dieses Vorgehen sind dabei unklar. Arbeitet der Präsident wirklich an seinem politischen Vermächtnis, zwingt die desaströse finanzielle Lage die Regierung zum Durchgreifen, oder ist alles eine geschickt inszenierte PR-Kampagne, der ein Machtkampf innerhalb der Regierung zugrunde liegt?

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VISIT TO KENYA BY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FROM THE BUNDESTAG IN GERMANY

From the 4th February to the 6th February 2019, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Kenia had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Christoph Ploss, a Member of Parliament from the Bundestag in Germany. During the three days, the Member of Parliament paid courtesy calls to the different leaderships of the Kenyan National Assembly. They included: the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi accompanied by Majority Leader Aden Duale, Third Chairperson at the Speaker’s Panel Hon. Chritopher Omulele, the Majority Whip Hon. Benjamin Washiali and the Minority Whip Hon. Nuh Junet Sheikh. The discussions revolved around economic and political developments in Kenya and Germany and how best to continue strengthening these ties through political cooperation.

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The Handshake - Where Does Kenya Stand in Opposition?

The March 9 handshake remains the principal highlight of Kenya’s post-election period. With the recent tour of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto accompanied by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to Nyanza region - an opposition stronghold on the 13th December; the significant political developments still leave questions lingering among many Kenyans. As much as the handshake seeks to address nine mutual issues namely: ethnic antagonism, lack of a national ethos, inclusivity, devolution, divisive elections, security, corruption, shared prosperity and responsibility through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), there are still more underlying issues yet to be resolved.

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Strengthening the concept of Early Warning & Early Action for Disaster Risk Reduction & Food Security

This publication is a summary of seven discussion papers generated from successful applicants who submitted their discussion papers in respond to a call for papers by KAS. The publication begins by setting the geographical and social cultural context of Baringo and West Pokot counties. The main aim of this call for papers was to help refine existing knowledge on early warning within the area of food security in Baringo and West Pokot Counties.

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International Reports: Global Security

The “golden age of security”, as the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig characterised the time before the First World War, ended just over 100 years ago. After the atrocities of two world wars and the end of the so-called Cold War, many hoped that the cessation of the East-West conflict would herald the beginning of a new era of security – but those remaining hopes were shattered no later than the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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KAS Study on Use of Early Warning Systems & Integration of Data in Political Planning in West Pokot and Baringo Counties

This report is an account of a baseline study carried out in West Pokot and Baringo Counties on the utilization of EWS information in political planning by KAS. The study was informed by the fact that food emergency needs persist in the ASAL counties of Kenya despite availability of EWS data. The study thus, sought to investigate the notion that EWS information is not adequately incorporated in political planning.

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Kenia: Historischer Handschlag mit Folgen

by Jan Cernicky, Thomas Tödtling

Am 9. März kam es in Kenia zum überraschenden „Handshake“ zwischen Präsident Uhuru Kenyatta und Oppositionsführer Raila Odinga. Während einige Effekte bereits sichtbar und spürbar sind, bleiben die konkreten mittel- und langfristigen Folgen dieser politischen Übereinkunft unklar.

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Attention, Internet Fraud!

False information about scholarships of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Dear applicants for scholarships of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Currently there are circulating on the internet various offers of services for obtaining scholarships from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, often at considerable costs. Some websites are using the logo of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation without authorization.

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International Reports: The Digital Future

Will it be permanently dark in the factories of the future – because the autonomous machines working there do not need any light? Will we work only a few hours a week one day because robots and algorithms do most of our work for us? How will digitalization change our interactions, political decision-making processes, andgeopolitical contexts?