Kenya - A case study
- "This case study focuses on developing a reliable rural water supply through the construction of borewells. The
key to securing clean water requires far more than the technology of drilling a deep well or installing a simple
Our Problems Our Solutions
- An Economic and Public Policy Agenda for Kenya - A Publication Compiled By The
Institute of Economic Affairs.
Conservation and the Maasai in Kenya. Tradeoff or mutualism?
- "This paper explores two large classes of policy failure which have caused deviation from Pareto optimality between principal
stakeholders in the southern Kenyan Maasailands. First, an inappropriate settlement and privatization scheme attempted to
give Maasai title to land historically theirs while ushering them into the Kenyan market economy, but instead caused
fragmentation of their rangeland ecology and culture. Second, wildlife conservation in Amboseli National Park and the Masai
Mara Game Reserve is dangerously unsustainable in large part through shortsighted, inadequate and poorly implemented
policy. The situation has created conflict between conservation interests and the Maasai, and funnels the economic benefits of
tourism away from those who bear the costs of lost land rights." - by Ted Cheeseman
Protect Kenya's Parks!
- "Kenya’s parks are in grave danger. This crisis is a threat to Kenya’s unique biological diversity and the world’s last great
ungulate populations. Also, because tourism is Kenya’s largest earner of foreign currency, poorly protected parks
threaten to undermine Kenya’s economic stability as a whole." - by Ted Cheeseman
Koobi Fora Field School
- "six-week summer field school in Koobi Fora, Kenya, the site made famous
by Leakey in the 60's."
Karen Blixen Museum, Kenya
- "This museum was originally the home of Karen Blixen, who came to Kenya from Denmark in the early
part of this century; the present museum site is at the heart of the larger coffee plantation run by Blixen
between 1914 and 1931. The house and surrounding land was donated by the Danish government to
Kenya at independence; the house was restored by the Danish government and was used during the filming
of Out of Africa, which immortalised Karen Blixen's book by the same name."
Kenyan Metereological Department - climatolical data.
- Provides Kenyan climatological data to users upon request
International Computer Education in Kenya
- A Program Research Abstract - by Ronald E. McNair
Kenya : Political Violence Spirals
- Amnesty International - Report - AFR 32/19/98
- "Within a few weeks of the second multiparty Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Kenya on 29 December 1997 parts of
the Rift Valley were again affected by politically motivated ethnic violence. The attacks followed a similar pattern to the
political violence in the area in the run-up to the previous elections in 1992 and beyond, when supporters of the ruling Kenya
African National Union (KANU) attacked members of ethnic groups considered to support the opposition. The involvement
of high-ranking government officials in the 1991 to 1994 clashes was proven..."
State-Sponsored Ethnic Violence in Kenya
- "Violent conflict between ethnic groups in Kenya since the advent of a multi-party system in 1991 has been deliberately manipulated
and instigated by President Daniel arap Moi and his inner circle in order to undermine attempts to create an atmosphere conducive
to political pluralism..." - 11/18/93
Kenya Human Rights Initiative
- The Kenyan Human Rights Initiative (KHRI) at Cornell University is "a network of worldwide volunteers promoting awareness
of the political and human rights situation in Kenya."
- Publications and news releases on Kenya
Human Rights Developments
- "The lead-up to Kenya’s second multiparty election, on December 29, 1997, was fraught
with violence and intimidation, and marred by government reneging on promised legal
reforms to allow genuine political liberalization. Several peaceful pro-democracy rallies were
brutally dispersed, an estimated one million eligible youth were denied registration, and over
100,000 people were displaced in the Coast Province following ethnically-driven attacks on
groups largely affiliated with the opposition..."
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library - Kenya
- Site covers status of human rights organizations in Kenya.
US Department of State Human Rights Reports
- Report on Human Rights in Kenya.
Defending Human Rights
- "A wide array of local human rights organizations were engaged in monitoring human rights in
Kenya, but some came under threat during the year, particularly those associated with the
NCEC. On January 19, a leading member of the NCEC was abducted by four armed
plainclothesmen who drove him around in his car and threatened him for approximately two
hours before abandoning him and taking his NCEC documents. In March, President Moi
threatened to deregister a number of human rights NGOs following their support of the
NCEC, including the Kenya Human Rights Commission..."
Derechos Human Rights - Kenya
- Contains Human rights information on Kenya.
The Role of the International Community
- "In the lead-up to the election, Kenya’s main donors played a positive role in pushing the
government to concede to domestic demands for genuine pluralism. Donors took a more
unified public stand around human rights than in the past, although they stopped short of
placing human rights conditions on donor aid. In a series of joint statements in 1997, several
donor countries criticized police brutality, government harassment of the opposition, and the
need to respect the rights to life, speech, assembly, and association..."
Koigi wa Wamwere
-A Page devoted to one of the leading Kenyan Human Rights activists.
- Early Days of the Mau Mau Insurrection.
History of Kenya
- The History of Kenya - an illustrated timeline.
Women's Organizing Abilities: Two Case Studies of Kenya and Malawi.
- A research project by Mario I. Aguilar & Laurel Birch de Aguilar for Organizing for Development.
"The purpose of this comparative study is to examine how
two separate societies express women's roles in decision-making. The choice for the two case
studies involve one matrilineal, agriculturist society, the Chewa of the central region of Malawi;
and one patrilineal, pastoralist society, the Waso Boorana of Garba Tulla in northeast Kenya.
Both case studies indicate how an actual community decision is made, with emphasis on the
gendered roles in the decision-making process. In Malawi, the case study is of the selection of a
new village Chief, and in Kenya, the case study is of the selection of a new community elder."
Western Province, Kenya
- A Bibliography of Western Province of Kenya compiled by Candice Bradley, Assistant
Prof. of Anthropology at Lawrence University.
Kenya - NEAP Overview
- An overview of Kenya's proposed National Environmental Action Plan.
Kenyan Study Area - Eastern Arm of the Great Rift Valley
- "Cuthbert Idawo, a visiting scientist from the Kenyan National Environment Secretariat, accessed the Landsat archive to
document environmental change in the eastern arm of the great Rift Valley of Kenya, northwest of Nairobi, between the cities
of Nakuru and Naivasha. The study area is approximately 75 km by 100 km and includes, from northwest to southeast, the
three lakes Lake Nakuru, Lake Elmenteita and Lake Naivasha. A Landsat multispectral scanner (MSS) image was selected
for 9 September 1972 and a Landsat thematic mapper (TM) image was selected for 1 March 1989"
Turtle Conservation at the Kenyan Coast
- "The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is managing a project at the Kenyan Coast in which the local community is
involved in efforts to conserve the rare and endangered sea turtles."
WRITENET Country Papers - Kenya since the elections (Jan 94)
- By Richard Carver - WRITENET (UK)
- "Kenya's return to multi-party politics was consummated by the presidential and
parliamentary elections held in December 1992. Faced by a divided opposition,
President Daniel arap Moi and the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU)
succeeded in retaining control of both the presidency and the legislature."
Contastation over Political Space.
- The State and Demobilisation of Party Politics in Kenya
- CDR Working Paper 98.12, November 1998 by Karuti Kanyinga
- "This paper appraises political liberalization and subsequent contestation over political space in Kenya.
The discussion centres on how, from the colonial period, elite politics have precluded organization and
crystallization of popular democracy. The paper specifically examines the historicity of political
factionalism and attendant decline of multi-partyism. It also looks at the socio-economic conditions
responsible for the weakening of opposition politics."
Ethnicity and Ethnic Kings:
- The Enduring Dual Constraint in Kenya's Multiethnic Democratic Electoral Experiment
- "This study examines the extent to which elections in Kenya are dominated by ethnic-oriented practices and as such undermine the
possibility of the establishment of a viable national-oriented democratic electoral system. The central thesis of the study is that lack
of sustainable democratic electoral system in Kenya was initiated prior to Kenya’s independence and reinforced thereafter by the
Kenyan leaders themselves. The study is divided into three parts. First, part one examines elections and its relation to democracy.
The second part examines the extent to which electoral processes between 1960's-1970's created conditions inconsistent with
democratic electoral system. Similarly, part three deals with the impact of elections on democracy in Kenya, 1980's-1997."
Briefing Paper No. 32 Abstract
- Linkages Between Research, Farmers, and Farmers’ Organizations in Kenya: A Summary of Findings
- "This Briefing Paper summarizes the findings of a study that identified and assessed linkages between agricultural
research institutions and farmers’ organizations in Kenya. Part of an ISNAR project on linkages with farmers’
organizations, the study was conducted jointly with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). The paper
presents the policies of the main actors involved in agricultural research and farmers’ organizations, along with
their approaches to linkages. Eleven linkage mechanisms are identified and analyzed: training seminars, farming
systems surveys and trials, research and technocal committees, center advisory committees, on-farm adaptive
research, field studies, training and visit workshops, district meetings, research-extension liaison positions,
demonstration seminars, and ad hoc contacts. The main conclusion is that linkages between research and
farmers’ organizations could make relevant technologies available and accessible to different categories of
farmers, but this potential cannot be realized unless associated problems are adequately addressed. A number of
lessons for successful management of linkages are provided."
Harambee - Pulling Together for Kenya
- A REPORT OF THE KENYA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH PROJECT
Copyright © University of Missouri-Columbia
- "This publication reports how Kenyans have benefited from the National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) at the
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). Started in 1987, NARP is a cooperative undertaking of KARI and several
international donors who have sponsored separate but coordinated activities to reach the project’s goals.
This report will focus on those parts of the project supported by the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID), which supported NARP in three ways: strengthening of KARI’s research management including development of a
socio-economics unit; commodity research in maize, sorghum/millet, horticulture and small ruminants; and assisting with the
design and implementation of an Agricultural Research Fund."
Community-Based Waste Mangement for Environmental
Management and Income Generation in Low-Income Areas: - A Case Study of Nairobi, Kenya
- Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture
- "This study focuses on the problems and opportunities of community-based waste management in Nairobi, Kenya.
Within several of the city's informal settlements, women's groups have started composting organic wastes as
means of improving community environmental conditions and generating income through the sale of the compost.
The central purpose of the study is to assess the success of these composting projects in meeting their
environmental and community development goals. A complementary purpose of the study is to add to the limited
amount of research on waste in East Africa."
Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Livelihoods:
- A Review and Analysis of Development Policy for the Arid and Semi-arid Areas of Kenya
- "This report is part of the policy analysis output of the IISD-
UNDP pilot project designed to test and develop an approach to
promote sustainable livelihoods in communities in marginal lands
bsed on local adaptive strategies."