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The 1998 Bombing of Embassy Nairobi

ADST | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
ADST

I thought the building was going to collapse, and I was pretty sure I was going to die. At the same time I was calmly thinking "this building is going to fall and I'm going to die." I vaguely remember a shadow, like a white cloud, moving past me and the rattle of the tea cup.

Refusing Bad Touch in Africa

Misbah Noorani | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Misbah Noorani

It is evident that this girl, like so many other girls at Waa, sees the value of education. I first understood this while conducting an Agree-Disagree debate activity with a group of girls, age 13, at Waa.

America Supporting Entrepreneurs: Every Step of the Way

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The spotlight in Kenya this week at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be on the creation of jobs, jobs and more jobs. That is both wise and overdue.

And You Thought All Kenyans Were Alike: Misconceptions Kenyans Have of One Another.

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

As evidenced by this partial listing of misconceptions Kenyans have of one another, the country is a diverse and rich collection of people who know they are as different as foreigners think they are homogenous!

Kenyan Government Struggles to Fight Mombasa Terrorism

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

This week the Kenyan government is hosting a summit on countering violent extremism in Nairobi, a regional conference that follows up on a February White House Summit. In a coastal city of Mombasa, people have experienced violent extremism firsthand.

Data Maps Of Slums Pinpoint Which Schools Fail To Reach Poor Kids, Need Help

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON, June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Erica Hagen started mapping schools in the sprawling Nairobi ...

Kenton Lee's "The Shoe that Grows" Brings Much Needed Innovation to Footwear Design

Culture-ist | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Culture-ist

In 2007, Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya when he noticed just how many children in the community were either shoeless or wearing shoes that didn't fit their feet.

Two Birds With One Stone: Transforming Waste Into Biofuel

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Around the global south, cities struggle to provide electricity and energy to all their residents, and unsurprisingly, the poorest residents are most likely to remain disconnected from formal power systems. Many of the same cities also face an immense garbage challenge: what to do with overwhelming amounts of unsanitary and even toxic waste.

John Kerry Just Took Selfies To A Whole New Level

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Secretary of State John Kerry took a selfie with an adorable elephant while on a trip to Kenya on Sunday. Kerry, who is known for showing some more...

At Least 1 Student Killed And 141 Hurt After Stampede At Kenyan University, Officials Say

AP | Posted 04.12.2015 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says one student died and 141 were injured in a stampede at the University of Nairobi when students mistook ...

Eco-Minded Kids + Water Filtration in African Slum = Ingenious Reincarnation of Plastic Bottles

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

Africa's biggest urban slum -- Kibera -- in Kenya's capital Nairobi, has serious public health issues: lack of potable water and the absence of formalized sewage systems are two biggies.

Start-Up Hubs Multiply in East Africa

Barry Segal | Posted 04.30.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

For a quick, cheap ride all you need to do is find a boda-boda. Boda-bodas, bicycle or motorcycle taxis, are easy to find or flag down in any East African city. But most people don't stop to think about the drivers and how they are not the owners of the boda-bodas they operate.

The Nightmare of Youth Unemployment and How to Fight It

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

High levels of youth unemployment may be one of cities' worst nightmares: not only does it signal and perpetuate a struggling economy, but high numbers of disengaged youth can lead to immense frustration across an entire generation, increased crime, and even revolt.

Authenticity. Leadership. Nairobi.

Martina Buchal | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Martina Buchal

January 17th- January 24th, 2015 Nairobi, Kenya Feeling Notes: Warmth, heat of the red African sun, smell of fire, strength of women and the girl c...

A Global Tour of Transformative Urban ICT Hubs

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are almost ubiquitously acknowledged as a transformative element to overcoming poverty. In Global South cities where limited internet access threatens ICTs' potential, the development of technology hubs is emerging as a solution.

How Cell Phones Are Revolutionizing Access to Financial Services

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Across the Global North, online banking solidifies its dominance and apps like Venmo simplify mobile payments. In the Global South, people with little money to their name struggle to open bank accounts, get loans, and make payments.

What to Do About Slums

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From remote resettlement to same-place resettlement, and from government-led upgrading to grassroots initiatives, it is clear that the debate on solutions for informal communities is a hotly contested one.

Cancel Africa? Oh, the Heartache

Geri Spieler | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Geri Spieler

It seems to me closing off West Africa and limiting travel will hurt the economy of the continent as well as inhibit resources to actually help control the spread of Ebola. I don't want to be one of those people. It's not in my nature to cause suffering of those in need.

Unbounded Gratitude

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Gratitude despite any circumstances isn't easy. And so every time I look at the bracelet Peninnah gave me I think of what this gift revealed: gratitude that knows no bounds leads to openheartedness and openhandedness.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

Shining Hope for Communities: Furthering Economic Opportunity for Women

Megan Foo | Posted 12.06.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

In addition to fortifying women with more choices and freedoms in areas like education, healthcare and nutrition, I think that one of the most powerful ways to expedite "a better future for all" is to give women greater economic freedom and opportunities.

From Slums To Significance: The Communities Shaping Our Urban Future

David Weiss | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

Too often slum dwellers have been considered a problem. I believe they are the solution. If we help communities get the right tools and learn the right techniques we can empower them to take control of their and their cities' futures.

Africa's Most Photographed House Is in Danger

Roadtrippers | Posted 09.18.2014 | Travel
Roadtrippers

Designed by Alan Donovan, the beautiful building overlooks Nairobi National Park, and is described by Architectural Digest as "an architecture rising from the serene Kenyan plain like an outcropping of earth, a vision of usefulness..." However, this priceless piece of cultural history is now under threat.

Human Rights: How a Thriller Feature Film and In-home Toilets Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Initiatives from Nairobi, Jakarta, Dhaka, and Mumbai provide solutions to issues ranging from discrimination against refugees to lack of access to sanitation. These solutions raise awareness and provide much-needed services for vulnerable communities.

How Four Cities in the Global South are Fighting Youth Unemployment

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

According to the International Labour Organization, over 70 million 15-24 year olds worldwide are unemployed. This issue is particularly prevalent in ...