Many schools in Kenya force girls to wear light-coloured uniforms. These show menstrual stains more easily, which shames the girls into staying away from school.
The inclusion of menstrual hygiene in the Sustainable Development Goals marks an important step forward, but to what extent will it address the issue of schoolgirl absenteeism?
Young people living in urban slums are at significant risk for early unplanned pregnancies.
Teenage pregnancy is a massive problem in Kenya. But for this to change, young women need access to information and education rather than moral lectures.
Children walk home from school in a Nairobi slum.
Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters
Kenya's free primary and secondary education policies don't benefit the country's poorest children.
The opening ceremony of an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena, Chad earlier this year to take on Boko Haram.
Apart from numerous worldwide threats including from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the US is taking more notice of Africa due to the expansion of extremist organisations on the continent.
The “Africa we want” envisioned by the AU can be built - but not without universities’ help and hard work.
Higher education can play a key role in pursuing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration will be crucial.
Women in Kenya face issues of beatings, polygamy and being forgotten after bearing children.
African women have had to explain themselves to a world that does not seem to understand them.
New horizons. The immense refugee camp at Zaatari in Jordan.
Away from the chaos of Europe's borders, refugees are camped out in vast settlements close to their home countries and where restrictions on entrepreneurship are wasting talent and energy.
Post-election violence in Kenya in January 2008. The country was forewarned in its peer review report that trouble was brewing, but took no action.
The African Peer Review Mechanism has made a difference since it was started in 2003. There are multiple examples of reforms that have been introduced as a result. All have gone unnoticed.
Africa’s rural population benefits very little from the exploitation of oil and gas but often rural people bear the brunt of environmental damage resulting from oil spills.
Oil and gas exploration could transform economies and improve lives in Africa, but this is not happening. People living in rural areas are the most excluded from the benefits.
Then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses collaboration between the US and Senegal. International partnerships, particularly between universities, can yield great rewards.
If memorandums of understanding with international institutions are properly developed and put into action, they can contribute a great deal to African universities' push for internationalisation.
Exclusive breastfeeding until children are six months old is recommended by the World Health Organisation for optimal growth of infants.
In 12 years Kenya has managed to dramatically improve its exclusive breastfeeding rates from 13% to 61%. The success has not come without challenges, and some persist.
Performance review. Froome approaches the Champs Elysees.
It's not enough to be an elite athlete these days, you have to construct your own narrative for success.
The island of Mauritius has a strong democratic tradition that has deepened over the past decades.
History tells us that while elements of competition and inclusion strengthen multiparty systems, too much of either can be fatal to the process of democratisation.
A health worker dispenses albendazole tablets to a child on National Deworming Day in Kisumu, Kenya.
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A re-analysis of research into deworming interventions at Kenyan schools has confirmed some findings and disputed others. However, it does not take away from the programme's effectiveness.
A re-analysis of data of deworming at schools in Kenya has generated different findings.
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The re-analysis of data can provide valuable new findings and it can improve transparency, accountability, and strengthen the literature that policymakers base their decisions on.
US President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated visit is aimed at forging stronger ties with Kenya and Ethiopia.
Kenya and Ethiopia need to use the media spotlight of US President Barack Obama's visit to showcase their various opportunities. The US and the African Union will also be looking to benefit from the visit.
In Kenya, the authorities struggle to keep track of low-fee non-government schools.
Low-fee non-government schools are a permanent part of achieving education for all. They should be treated as such.
A school run by Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya.
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The Bank has come under fire for its investment in Bridge Academies, which runs a network of schools in East Africa.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the US-Africa leaders summit. The number of US programs and initiatives on the continent has grown exponentially.
Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya is a clear sign American military and economic involvement in Africa will continue to rise amid growing Chinese influence.
The oldest-known stone tool: made by a human ancestor or a chimp?
Discovery of 3.3m-year old stone tools in Kenya are the oldest-known manufactured artefacts.