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The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Regional Office took part in the 2015 German Week. Our Office hosted an Exhibition of Who I Am Who We Are – a Public Art Project on the Kenyan Identity – and opened its doors to the public on the 18th and 19th May which was the Foundation's Open Day.

Gender

The Two-Third Gender Majority Representation Principle: Politics of Gender and the “Where Next?”

Stretching the length of time seems like a very attractive idea for Kenyan legislators today. About 21 weeks to an August 2015 legislative deadline, consensus inside and out of Parliament has not been reached on a formula to ensure equitable gender representation in subsequent parliaments in line with Article 27(8) of the Constitution.

Representatives of various lobby groups attended and presented their various formulae and strategies toward gender-equitable representation in national parliament at the Heinrich Boell Stiftung’s Gender Forum on 26th March 2015

L-R: Senator Naisula Lesuuda and Dr Tammary Esho

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that approximately 125 million girls and women alive today had been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in 29 countries, mainly in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is prevalent. On the 26th of February 2015, Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Nairobi office once again convened the monthly Gender Forum at the Nairobi Safari Club, with the agenda of addressing FGM in Kenya. In a highly emotional ambience, people from different backgrounds in Kenya came together to discuss FGM in Kenya and what can be done to fight the vice.

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Democracy

Waiting for Laptops, Acrylics on Canvas

It’s now the second time that the Nairobi office of the Heinrich Boell Stiftung has hosted the launch of the Kenya Arts Diary. This year’s Launch and Arts Exhibition on October 21 attracted a large crowd of artists and art lovers. The German ambassador, Andreas Peschke who was the guest of honor, officially launched the 5th Edition of the Kenya Arts Diary an invaluable documentation and rare collection of art from Kenya and the region. The Diaries flew off the shelves in unexpected numbers, indicating the all around success of the evening

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.

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Environment

Healthy soils are crucial to human nutrition and the fight against hunger. But worldwide 24 billion tons of fertile soil is lost annually. Barbara Unmüßig calls attention to the growing threat to one of Earth’s most important resources.

The United Nations has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils, and April 19-23 marks this year’s Global Soil Week. Such events, though not exactly glamorous, do not receive nearly the amount of attention they deserve.

“Over 80 per cent of Kenya’s population of 40 million derives their livelihoods from agriculture and pastoralism. Four million small farm households produce three-quarters of the country’s food. The key actors are women, who account for 75 per cent of the labour force in small-scale agriculture, manage 40 per cent of small farms and play the major role in food preparation and storage. Yet Kenya’s farmers face massive challenges. Their landholdings are small, productivity is low and most have little access to inputs, financial services and markets to sell any surplus produce. Poverty and hunger remain deep and persistent. Around 48 per cent of Kenyans, especially subsistence farmers and pastoralists, live in poverty and over 40 per cent – around 16 million people - lack sufficient food”.

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International Dialogue

What Ya Looking At? Africa Returns the Gaze

How is Europe perceived from the African contintent? Little Black Man Cake  – this article written by Billy Kahora is an African view on Europe-Africa relations in which "...a lot that has to be let go. And there is a lot to be grappled with."

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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In recent years, the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have emerged as important outward investors. At the 2013 BRICS Summit, leaders committed to infrastructure investment, job-creation, food security, poverty eradication and sustainable development in Africa. India's current investments in Africa amount to more than US$ 50bn. This research provides insight into the operations of specific Indian companies in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia and their impact on the communities.

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5th June, 2015 Theme: Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care

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