Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Stories of small scale renewable energy entrepreneurs in Kenya

New Publication

“People and Power: Stories of Small Scale Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs in Kenya” documents 11 renewable energy projects that highlight how decentralised renewable energy is empowering people across the country, and especially in rural areas which rely heavily on biomass energy sources due to the lack of grid connections. 

Climate Change

Civil society reiterates call for a ban on geoengineering


Geoengineering is an ineffective and irresponsible approach to the challenges posed by climate change. Its risks and potential impacts are global and extend far beyond the climate discussion. All of the proposed technologies carry large-scale risks for biodiversity, ecosystems, food security, human rights, health and democracy. It creates new threats to peace and security at the national, regional and global scales, both through the unintended but foreseeable exacerbation of underlying conflicts and through the potential for weaponization of geoengineering technologies. And it would further entrench our dependence on a fossil fuel economy.

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Food Security

Kenya post budget review: What the FY2019/20 budget means for food security


The Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury presented the FY 2019/20 Budget Statement to the National Assembly on 13 June 2019 based on the Printed Estimates of Recurrent and Development Expenditure and the Program Based Budget (PBB), finalised earlier in May.

Key insights from the budget, from a food and nutrition security perspective, are described in this article. In addition, you can download the full report and analysis of the budget for more detail.

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Extractive Resources

Roads to Justice: The Impacts of Road Construction in Northern Kenya

This article looks at the current road infrastructure development in Northern Kenya. It demonstrates numerous instances of non-compliance with national laws, provisions of the environmental management plan and environmental impact assessment license, and illustrates the grave ways that the local community is being impacted by these violations. It points out the need to adhere to the rule of law, which is there to protect rather than deprive us of a prosperous nation.

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Renewable Energy

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What we do

The Environment component operates projects and activities in the East and Horn of Africa under the umbrella of three priority areas; Climate change, Food Security, Extractive Industries. Renewable energy ideas and strategies are also considered.

The overall focus of this component is to ensure that there is good governance of resources, food security and that there are effective climate change responses to the benefit of all the members of the society.

In appreciation of the fact that the East and Horn of Africa region is particularly likely to suffer the most due to its geographical location and weak institutional, human, economic and financial capacity to cope with the multiple impacts of climate change, food insecurity and poor exploitation of natural resources. Heinrich Böll Stiftung seeks to create a platform to engage and ensure that the non state actors have the knowledge and capacity to devise strategies that promote regulated resource exploitation; address weak governance structures/policies; ensure communities not only benefit from the resources but become food secure.

Sunita Narain: Taking the local, making it global

Sunita Narain, director of CSE in India on how the memorandum is a critical change in the global debate and why people need to listen.

Jagoda Munic: “Very visionary, very concrete”

Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, says why she’s inspired by the resource politics memorandum and what makes it unique.

Kate Raworth: “Steering us through the complexity”

Oxford University’s Kate Raworth explains where mainstream economics is going wrong and how the resource memorandum can steer us in the right direction.

Barbara Unmüßig: Ressourcenreichtum für zukünftige Generationen erhalten

Barbara Unmüßig, Vorstand der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, erläutert, warum sich die Stiftung auf einen mehrjährigen Dialogprozess eingelassen hat, um gemeinsam mit jungen Menschen aus verschiedenen Ländern der Welt eine Ressourcenpolitik zu definieren, die Menschenrechte nicht verletzt, sozial gerecht ist und innerhalb der ökologischen Grenzen bleibt.

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