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Back to School, On to Unemployment? Addressing the Global Unemployment Crisis Facing Youth

Faaria Volinski | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Faaria Volinski

It's no coincidence that the Middle East and North Africa region, with the highest unemployment rate in the world, witnessed large-scale social and political unrest in 2011. Youth expressed their chronic dissatisfaction with a society in which they could not participate, contribute, and develop.

Kenya To 'Re-Integrate' Hundreds Of Returning Militant Recruits

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Kenya has welcomed the return of 700 citizens who had joined Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group that has attacked churches...

Fighting Inequality by Addressing Urban Violence

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Crime, inequality, and urban poverty are highly intertwined. Crime patterns can be both symptoms and drivers of inequality. Informal settlements often epitomize the hot spots of urban violence.

Bloomin' Gorgeous! It's Jacaranda Season in Africa

AFKTravel | Posted 10.16.2015 | Travel

Japan has cherry blossoms, Holland has fields of tulips, and Africa has its famous jacarandas. They erupt in vivid purple flowers in October and November, the southern hemisphere's spring. That means right about now, the streets are awash in a gorgeous carpet of violet.

Beyond Public Transportation: Innovative Approaches to Affordable and Sustainable Transportation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Finding environmentally friendly modes of urban transportation is a key issue for cities working to ensure sustainable development. In Nairobi, a number of studies have identified the significant risk to pedestrians and bicyclists operating in and around the city.

Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

A New Approach for Multinational Corporations and Social Enterprises to Tackle Poverty in Africa

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Together, Dow, Acumen, Unilever and other participating MNCs, NGOs, and SEs, are developing and continuously improving on a process to leverage each other's greatest assets to grow their enterprises and build a better world.

My Journey To Becoming A Travel Blogger

Erika Lafrennie | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel
Erika Lafrennie

No amount of money that I donated to a non-profit was going to do anything more than- possibly - provide a bowl of rice somewhere, which is a lot like sticking a Band-Aid on an amputation. What people needed more than anything were opportunities.

The 1998 Bombing of Embassy Nairobi

ADST | Posted 08.07.2015 | World

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

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.