Here are some of the propositions Dr Aligula and the KIPPRA team have offered for improving public transport:
A Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit System.
(Listed here as an investment opportunity.)
In Part 1 of the series, the tech-driven platforms showcased at the Tech 4 Traffic event were profiled. The fact that from a policy perspective, we have the problem figured out all wrong was also introduced, as was shared by Dr. Eric Aligula,acting Executive Director of the Kenya Institute for [...]
Two months ago, I challenged myself (and others) to translate one online conversation,rant or suggestion I had started/participated in/offered into an offline action. This was in a bid to prove to myself, and others that in an era of collaborative economy, we are empowered to do much,much more than just complain, opine or observe.
‘The Obama administration says it is launching a new partnership with sub-Saharan Africa to improve democracy, economic growth, security and trade in the region.’ VOA News. You can download the U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa document here.
African voices have weighed in on this strategy. Below are thoughts by Professor George [...]
The U.S., for its part, has also crafted three special initiatives to help Africa since the 1990s. The basic reason why many well-intentioned aid programs came to grief was that the commitment on the part of many of African leaders to put their own houses in order was simply not there. They took the aid [...]
Africa’s Own Mega-Plans. Since independence, African leaders have announced all sorts of grandiose initiatives and mega-plans at various summits. Nothing subsequently was heard of them after the summits: The Lagos Plan of Action (1980); the African Priority Program for Economic Recovery (1985); the African Alternative Framework to Structural Adjustment (1989), the Abuja Treaty (1991) and [...]
Sensing an opportunity with the G-8 in disarray, China declared 2006 as the “Year for Africa” and convened an Africa Conference in Beijing in October. To feed the voracious appetite of its economic machine galloping at a dizzying 9 percent clip, China was trolling for resources in Africa. It wooed African leaders with euphonious verbiage [...]
Rock and movie stars also hopped onto the aid bandwagon. Back in 1985, there was “Live Aid” intended to save the famine victims in Ethiopia and a “Special Session on Africa” held by the United Nations to boost aid to Africa. Nothing more was heard of them in subsequent years. A year later [...]
First, the international efforts. Africa’s plight seems to follow a ten-year attention deficit cycle. Every decade or so, mega-plans are drawn up and rock concerts held to whip up international rescue mission for Africa. Acrimonious wrangling over financing modalities ensues. Years slip by and then a decade later, another grand Africa initiative is unveiled.First to [...]
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