Half a million people are expected to visit Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics and Paralympics in August and September. At first glance this will be a huge benefit for the city. But just as for the World Cup in 2014, the city has become a contested space of political and economic interests.
The potential of Africa’s growing youth population fuels the narrative of a continent on the rise. In Kenya, however, young people have been largely marginalised in governance as well as in development. Unless this is addressed, they are likely to be a threat to peace, a hindrance to development and an obstacle to building a strong democracy.
Since inception, access to information on the LAPSSET Corridor project has been minimal with poor stakeholder participation in the decision making process. To-date, the Strategic Environmental Asseement (SEA) on the corridor, nor the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the related projects has been completed.
The Annual Lamu Cultural Festival set-up hosted theatre workshop and performances, poetry competition and setting up of an information booth, to bring out the links between culture, environment and development (LAPSSET).
With this edition of Perspectives, we give Africa-based commentators and experts from across the continent the opportunity to critically reflect on the “Africa rising” story and the sub-narratives it carries.
What frustrations are causing the youth to turn to the streets? How do they mobilise today? Are conventional politics and parties able to attract young people or do they seek alternative ways to engage? How does their political participation manifest? Have they been successful? Are the youth a political force?