Act Globally, Act Locally

By |2019-02-14T13:07:39+02:00February 14th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , ,

An oft mentioned phrase in development parlance is “think globally, act locally”. Yet, when the change we seek is improved livelihoods globally, is local action enough? Doug Ragan, Rolf Wichmann, and Raphael Obonyo claim that local action is critical yet can’t be done in isolation of national and international realities. In their article, they explore different interventions that can be utilised to address the issue of improving youth livelihoods through interventions from the local to the global.

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More Than Income: How Selling Household Items Can Transform Slum Communities

By |2019-02-12T10:24:18+02:00February 12th 2019|climate change & resilience, decent work, economic development, , , , ,

"LivelyHoods" forges economic opportunities for youth and women in Kenyan slums – while at the same time promoting clean energy. What are the project's success factors and what challenges does it face?

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Women’s Growing Need for Safe Mobility

By |2019-03-05T09:47:28+02:00May 23rd 2018|public spaces, urban mobility, , , , , , , ,

Until today, women around the world experience harassment and even assault when moving in public spaces, including on public transport services. In Nairobi, Kenya, the Flone Initiative is combatting gender-based violence by supporting victims, and by training service providers to effectively prevent behaviour that compromises women’s safety and right to mobility.

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Upscaling Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya

By |2017-10-14T15:02:14+02:00August 29th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , , ,

Providing access to urban sanitation is challenging because of space limitations, complex land tenure and higher public health concerns in crowded settlements. This is especially true for low-income urban areas. For URBANET, Jane Njagi describes how this challenge has been tackled in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

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How M-Pesa is changing everyday life in Kenya

By |2017-10-14T15:05:49+02:00July 31st 2017|green & smart development, smart & digital development, , , , , , , ,

Mobile money has revolutionised the lives of many people in the Global South, most of all the ones living in difficult economic circumstances. The M-Pesa service in Kenya is one of these success stories. Judith Owigar describes how it helps making basic services like water and energy available to citizens.

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