Kenyans like to look towards South Korea for clues on how to successfully stimulate economic development. Having a similar starting point in the early 1960ies, South Korea is now the world’s 14th largest economy with Kenya trailing far behind. How did the small Asian nation do it? The article by Jungwook Kim from the Korean Development Institute explores to what extent the model of Public Private Partnerships played a role in bridging the gap between demand and supply of finances. And what alternative exist for infrastructure delivery.


Participants at Kisumu Gender Forum

Majority of Kisumu County's population lives in the grip of a patriarchal structure where gender roles are ascribed. The County’s policy and development blueprints as well as County budget make useful references to gauge the prioritization and analysis of gendered needs of the Couny residents.

According to this report, systematic discrimination against women drives patterns of inequality and poverty.  It argues that  the G20 cannot achieve inclusive growth with gender-blind policies. Therefore, the G20 must reassess its entire agenda and, among other things, promote women's rights in employment, social protection, and fiscal policy.

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Lions of Science: The competition is on!

The second Lions of Science Award is coming up in October. Kenyan students are invited to send their applications now to become part of a large network of creative minds and benefit from international partnerships.

Sauti Mtaani Poster in Korogocho Ward

Youth in Nairobi’s informal settlements are using e-platforms to engage Members of County Assembly in solving issues in their wards.

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Women across all sectors of society are leading the way in efforts to build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

To highlight on effective climate actions, on 22 September 2014, UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, co-hosted the Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action in New York City.

In order to shed more light on the Forum, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) interviewed Ms Cecilia Kibe, the Executive Director Kenya Climate Justice Women Champions (KCJWC), who participated in this Forum in her capacity.

NIE Workshop Participants

What are the common obstacles that African National/ Multilateral/ and Regional Implementing Entities face during the Adaptation Fund Board accreditation process and during the execution of projects?

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International Dialogue

Africa Rising? Think Again

Looking at the development of GDP in African countries, the continent is currently on a flight of fancy. But there are good reasons to question the mantra of the rise of Africa critically.

In the Horn and East African region many conflicts arise over natural resources at community and even national level. Find here the Essay of the East and Horn of African Delegates.

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Newest Publications

It is our hope that you really enjoyed reading the last issue #20 of the G20 and the BRICS UPDATE. 

In this Issue, we look at how poor governance bulldozes consensus beyond the public eye, as the G20 is doing with regard to most aspects of its Global Infrastructure Initiative, which will be launched at the November Summit. The initiative will privatize aspects of governance in order to move from "retail" to "wholesale" investment strategies through use of “pooled funds” to finance large “portfolios” of public private partnership (PPP) projects (despite their demonstrated high failure rate). Below, part 1 reviews aspects of the G20’s Global Infrastructure Initiative and part 2 reviews the performance evaluation of World Bank-financed PPPs over a decade.