The Conversation

How politics shapes the way African cities are run

Everyday politics boil over into multi-party politics and municipal governance

Why embracing indigenous languages could have major benefits for Kenya

Kenya is a multilingual country with over 42 different indigenous languages. In addition, foreign languages are used ...

How Nigeria has got better at running elections that are freer and fairer

The conduct of periodic, competitive, participatory, credible and non-violent elections is one of the used to ...

Shutting down the internet doesn’t work – but governments keep doing it

As the internet continues to gain considerable power and agency around the world, many governments have moved to ...

What’s at stake in Kenyan court case on gay rights

The much-awaited court ruling on a petition seeking to decriminalise homosexuality in Kenya has been . The petition ...

What mapping Kenya’s child deaths for 50 years revealed – and why it matters

The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday is closely monitored as a marker of social ...

What to expect as 84 million Nigerians go to the polls

Nigerians go to the polls on February 16 in the first of two sets of elections to choose the president, national ...

Fresh insights into the lives of Kenya’s urban teen mothers

Teen pregnancies are a in Kenya. Based on the most recent , one in five girls in Kenya between 15 and 19 years has ...

Can bees do maths? Yes – new research shows they can add and subtract

Despite having a brain containing less than one million neurons, the honeybee has recently shown it can manage complex ...

How we can “bank” water underground for use later on

Groundwater been seen as the underground resource that never runs out. This “out of sight out of mind” attitude means ...

How partnerships enriched the learning for Nairobi slum children

Eight years of research in low-income neighbourhoods of Nairobi have opened my eyes to the significant role of school, ...

Kenyan approach holds promise for boosting early childhood education

There has been by countries in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade to improve early childhood education. This ...

Tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe’s ‘man with the talking guitar’

Musician , who died at the age of 66, was a great cultural ambassador for Zimbabwe. Known to his fans as Tuku, he was ...

How Kenya’s tourism industry has felt the impact of terrorist attacks

The impact of Kenya’s recent will be felt greatly by its tourism industry. Terrorism, and insecurity generally, ...

Gbagbo’s acquittal suggests confusion and dysfunction at ICC

The international community has to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) of former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo ...

Dusit attack: Raid shows al-Shabaab still a potent threat to Kenya

Thewas a tragedy. But also, to some extent, unexpected. Kenya suffered relatively frequent attacks between 2013 and ...

Kenya’s security forces did better this time - but there are still gaps

The Riverside terror attack on January, 15, 2019 was staged to reclaim the ground that terrorists have lost in . But ...