Learn about the new generation of rock climbers in Kenya

This week on Inside Africa, CNN International travels to Kenya to explore its iconic climbing culture. From urban walls to Mount Kenya’s snowy peaks, the programme learns how a new generation of climbers are conquering their own mountains. Kenyan born Allan Wide tells the writer how significant his sport, rock climbing, is to Kenya. He says:  “Climbing has always had quite a culture in Kenya. To understand it, I think you’ve probably got to go back quite far… the first ascent of Mount Kenya was in 1899. At that time…

shocking as Dozens of elephant carcasses found in Botswana

It’s one of the world’s last sanctuaries for African elephants. But now, Botswana says, its population of the animals will be fair game for hunters. The southern African nation, which is home to 130,000 elephants — more than anywhere else on the continent — imposed the ban in 2014 to help declining numbers recover from poaching and shrinking habitats. Late on Wednesday, Botswana’s government scrapped the ban, shrugging off criticism from some environmental groups and conservationists. It cited increasing conflict between humans and elephants, as well as the need to…

USAID Launches Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Zimbabwe

The program aims to generate sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector The five-year USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program (2018-2023) launched on May 30. At a launch event held at Africa Synod House, representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Zimbabwe, a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer, and implementing organization Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) reaffirmed their shared commitment to strengthening agriculture and resilience in Zimbabwe. The USAID-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program provides technical assistance by highly qualified American volunteers to farmers, farmer groups, agribusinesses,…

A legacy of lunacy haunts Kenya’s old railway. Will China’s $3.6bn line be different?

Kenya took on huge debt to buy a modern railway from Beijing that it hopes will boost its economy … despite the controversy it has attracted. At the close of the 19th century, Britain decided to build a railway line, the Lunatic Express, from the port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean to its protectorate of Uganda, in a bid to lay claim to the land in between amid rumblings that the German and French empires were coming for it. In 2014, the Kenyan government decided the aging line needed…

Kariobangi Sharks FC to play Everton Football Club in Kenya

Everton Football Club will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, to take on Kariobangi Sharks Football Club in the first 2019 pre-season friendly announced by the Club. The game, organised through the SportPesa partnership, will take place on Sunday, 7 July  at the Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi. Kariobangi Sharks FC are winners of the 2019 edition of the SportPesa Cup, East Africa’s biggest football tournament, which took place in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in January. Their 1-0 win over Bandari FC gave them regional supremacy and the opportunity to play Everton. The game against Kariobangi Sharks FC marks Everton’s second visit…

Samsung to replace plastic packaging with recycled paper

Samsung to replace plastic packaging with recycled paper Samsung Electronics has announced plans to start taking steps this year to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements. From the first half of 2019, the packaging used currently for Samsung’s products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper. To revamp product packaging, Samsung Electronics has formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for…

The new trends driving private infrastructure investment in emerging markets

A according to a recent report by PwC which identified a number of themes likely to guide investment in a world where politics, technology and markets are changing fast; shows over US$4.5tn a year will be spent on infrastructure between now and 2020. The five themes include investors broadening their horizon, new political leadership unveiling ambitious goals, future-proofing against obsolescence, and sustainable infrastructure for the long term, commodity-rich regions prioritizing infrastructure among others. Of these themes, I think three are particularly relevant, with each having its own specific drivers and…

YouTube urges Kenyan Vloggers to think global but act local

YouTube has urged Kenyan content creators to churn out quality, consistent videos that can appeal to local and international viewers. Google Kenya office, which is working with Kenyan content creators to help them monetize their channels, encouraged Vloggers to grow their fan base by using online tools. Google Sub-Saharan Africa Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Dorothy Ooko, said creators need to focus on producing quality content and utilize the analytics provided by YouTube. “What we have seen from our analytics is that 60 percent of content created in any…

Opportunities for Innovative Universal Health Coverage Financing Identified

A new White Paper on innovative health financing models for achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in Kenya has been launched at the Sankalp Africa Summit by the SDG Partnership Platform, in partnership with Intellecap. The White Paper highlights the need for Government to continue to significantly increase its budgets for health to deliver on the Country’s ambition to realize UHC, while it is taps into complementary sources of financing to optimize the existing resources and bridge critical gaps. The paper identifies various promising health financing models that can help Kenya…

Bro. Isaac G.M Andabwa: The celebrant of change and success

Poor payment, treatment and discrimination of private security workers, having experienced firsthand of its worse,  made me come out of my comfort and use my intelligence, ideas and solutions to form private  security workers’ union that will spearhead and fight for workers’ rights.” Being a man of his words and determination, full of experience in the private security sector, Bro. Isaac GM Andabwa, the CEO and founder of the Kenya National Private security workers Union (KNPSWU), believes that the private security sector plays a big role in both the native…