Land

Monday, 22 April 2013 10:01

Bills to empower women to land ownership

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The National Gender Development Policy Draft 2011 estimates that 80 per cent of Kenya’s population lives in the rural areas and that women own only five per cent of agricultural land in rural areas.Land is a resource of controversy  that has caused animosity and bloodshed in many countries including Kenya.

Jennifer Kwamboka at her three acre farm which she reclaimed following the promulgation of the Constitution.Jennifer Kwamboka, a widow went  through a rough time to fight for her matrimonial property. When her husband died, his brothers decided to  disinherit Kwamboka and grabbed the land left behind by her late husband.

Monday, 29 January 2007 06:00

What is the future of Informal settlements?

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ImageWithin a radius of one square mile about a third of Nairobi's total population of four million live in Africa’s largest slum — Kibera.

With little access to running water and other basic infrastructure, this informal settlement is home to about 1.5 million people.

Monday, 29 January 2007 06:00

Devastating effect of globalisation on Africa

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ImageAS the World Social Forum addresses different social, political and human rights, it emerged that globalisation has left Africans poorer than they were before.

Patrick Bond from the Centre of Civil Society in South Africa said globalisation has brought to the continent dark sides with military weapons finding way into the hands of Africans with hard currency.

Massive destruction and depletion of natural resources-forests, land and subsoils– and high population growth has now landed Kenya among 11 Africa countries the World Bank describes as being in the red in their wealth creation.

In its 2005 audit report titled Where is the Wealth of Nations: Measuring Capital for the 21st Century , the bank says with a Wealth Per Capita standing at -11, the country is on a treadmill.

 

Communities living in or around areas where natural resources exist are going to decide how these should be used and on the sharing of any income generated, if provisions in Kenya's Draft Constitution - currently under debate - are passed into law.
For the first time in history East African countries will have to notify each other and adhere to uniform Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines before exploiting resources on their shared borders. Even for those projects or programmes existing outside such borders, but which if exploited may have negative impact on the country where the exploitation is not taking place, such notification will apply as well.
Wednesday, 21 September 2005 06:00

Giving Nairobi a Fresh Look

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The Move to clean the city at night is finally bearing fruit with Nairobians waking up to clean streets everyday.

Residents are happy with the initiative, as it has removed the cleaners from the streets in the morning where they used to compete with cars and pedestrians as they swung their brooms to clean the streets.

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