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Revitalizing Kiswahili language use policy in Eastern Africa Community (EAC)

Revitalizing Kiswahili language use policy

In brief...

The brief opines that there exists an opportunity for increased socio-economic development and advancement of strategic interests in Eastern Africa through increased adoption of Kiswahili language use policy and culture in the Africa continent. The over 100 million Kiswahili-speaking people in Africa have the potential to revitalize intra and inter-Africa regional trade. Yet only 30 % of African countries use Kiswahili as lingua franca. Therefore, there is a need for the EAC bloc to take advantage of its growing membership to promote the use of Kiswahili language as the continental lingua franca. The brief recommends the amendment of standing orders of conducting house business at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) to make Kiswahili a working language of the assembly and the mobilization of resources to install language translation infrastructure in the chambers of the assembly.

Private investment options for de-risking infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Private investment options for de-risking infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Executive Summary

This brief opines that stimulating private investments in infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) require addressing the associated risks that continue to dissuade private finaciers and impede growth of industrialization.

It is estimated that approximately 80% of initiated projects fail to take off in the region. Key contributing factors include weak synergies between private and public stakeholders in green financing; biased credit risk perceptions; dollarization of projects; and nature-induced investment risks. The brief concludes that the perils shrink the finaciers’ fiscal space to fund the schemes.

Strategic options for a Successful Kenyan-led Multinational Security Support Mission in Haiti


Navigating Eastern Africa’s Community (EAC) governance pitfalls amidst expansion in membership

Navigating Eastern Africa’s Community (EAC) governance 2

Shifting patterns of illicit financial flows in Kenya

This brief examines the shifting dynamics of
illicit financial flows in Kenya

Policy conversations on the de-dollarization of Kenya’s foreign currency reserves
Facilitators of cross-border female genital mutilation in East Africa

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2022 report, it is estimated that about 50 million girls and women affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are from East African border areas.

Opening of Mombasa skies integral to the growth of Tourism and the Blue Economy

The Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1999 on the easing up of rules and regulations of national airports for African airlines was meant to liberalize the regional market and competition.

Persistent barriers to disarmament in Kerio Valley

Successive disarmament efforts in Kerio Valley have failed to bring lasting peace in the region as illicit weapons proliferation escalates.

Implications of increased foreign surveillance technologies on national security in Africa

The adoption of foreign surveillance tools in Africa threatens the continent’s security and sovereignty.

Addressing gaps in employment of people with disabilities in the formal sector in Kenya

Marginalization of persons with disabilities (PWDs) within the formal employment sector in Kenya remains highly prevalent hence the need for intervention.

Gaps in preventing digital fraud in Kenya’s financial systems

This brief examines the gaps in preventing digital fraud in Kenya’s financial systems and services. It explores cybercrime awareness amongst finance-based professionals and consumers; investigative and legal expertise; unregulated financial technology; and lastly institutional security systems.

Challenges to implementation of community policing in Kenya

Community policing (CP) was initiated in 2005 to improve police and community relations; enable democratic policing and create a safe and secure society.

Gaps in Refugee Management Exposing Kenya to Transnational Organized Crimes

This paper examines the loopholes in refugee management in Kenya subjecting the country to transnational organized crimes.

The prevalence of gangs in Nakuru County: contributory factors

As we approach the August 9, 2022 elections, runaway insecurity perpetrated by gangs in Nakuru County is a source of concern.

Challenges to reintegration of women foreign terrorist fighters in Kenya
Women Foreign Terrorist Fighters (WFTFs) returning to their home countries after associating with terrorist organizations abroad presents security threats nationally, regionally, and globally.
Sovereign Wealth Fund And Kenya’s Development Aspirations

The Global South is awash with precious minerals and natural resources, though their prudent management presents a mixed bag of fortunes.

Addressing case backlog in Magistrates’ Courts in Kenya
Case backlog in Kenya is a major policy concern across the judiciary, especially at the magistrates’ courts.
Revitalizing green spaces for sustainable development in Kenya

This brief evaluates financing and governance challenges pervasive to the revitalization of green spaces for sustainable development in Kenya.

The emerging dimensions of the insecurity in Laikipia County
This brief explores the expansionist agenda, increased profitability of the livestock trade, gaps in livestock management practices, and possible linkages to money laundering as the evolving dynamics contributing to insecurity in Laikipia County.
Addressing challenges in enforcing the Anti-Counterfeit Act, 2008 in Kenya: lessons from Singapore

Counterfeit trade in Kenya poses significant challenges to the economy. In 2018, the vice was valued at KES 100 billion, with one in five products being counterfeit.


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