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Kenyans queue to vote in the 9 August 2022 election. John Ochieng/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Why youth apathy in elections bodes ill for Kenya

When people fail to exercise their right to vote, it increases the likelihood of political extremism and the pursuit of narrow interests.
Lorries blocked at the border between DRC and Zambia. Poor roads are a major stumbling block to trade. Lucien Kahozi/AFP via Getty Images)

Zambia can meet growing food demand: how to fix what’s standing in its way

Producers in Zambia should be getting more for their crops, and buyers in East Africa should be paying less, alleviating food price spikes.
Protests in Nairobi as Maasai activists deliver a petition to the Tanzania High Commission, in Kenya, 17 June 2022. EPA-EFE/Daniel Irungu

Moving the Maasai: Tanzania is repeating Kenya’s colonial past

Just over 100 years ago, Maasai in Kenya were moved into reserves, where they could be more easily taxed and controlled, to make way for white settlement.
Productivity is key in reducing inflation – it rides on innovation and efficiency, which should be encouraged. Photo by TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images

Inflation is rising in Kenya: here’s why, and how to fix it

A confluence of many factors – from Russia’s war to drought to local corruption and lack of productivity – has inflated prices.
Kenyans protest rising food prices and call for urgent government action in Nairobi in May 2022. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Kenya’s election promises: an economist’s perspective

The economy has taken centre stage in Kenya’s 2022 elections, but political promises have fallen short of offering realistic solutions.

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