Africa’s progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment is notable but gender inequality persists

It is widely acknowledged that “investing” in women and girls translates to broader social and economic impact, an approach referred to as “smart economics,” the “Double Dividend of Gender Equality,” or the “efficiency approach” to women in development. Most African countries continue to lag behind the rest of the world on women’s participation in

Implications of new WHO antenatal guidelines on maternal mortality

On 7th November 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines on access to antenatal care for pregnant women. The revision was necessitated by the persistently high maternal deaths globally, particularly in developing countries where deaths are still 14 times higher than in the developed regions. The WHO recommended increasing antenatal care visits

Smart innovations for sharing information on sexual and reproductive health for young people launched

On 30th November 2016, four unique innovations focused on enabling young people to access accurate, credible and unbiased Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information in stigma free environments were unveiled in Nairobi. The innovations have been developed under a UKAid-funded annual four-month innovation accelerator programme known as iAccelerator. iAccelerator is implemented by UNFPA in

High-level meetings can boost our economy, but follow-up is needed

Kenya’s Vision 2030 targets an average annual economic growth of 10 per cent and to move the country to middle-income status. However, at 5.3 per cent, the current trend of economic growth is way below this target. Moreover, this growth is not inclusive, as income inequalities continue to grow. One of the challenges inhibiting

My experience working on evidence-informed policymaking in Kenya

Evidence-based policymaking is at the heart of ensuring accountability of resources and inclusiveness of development policies. As a Member of Parliament (MP), one draws from competing sources of information, including from one’s constituents, and most often, political correctness overrides research evidence. In fact, the lack of use of research evidence in policymaking in the legislative, oversight and budgeting

Closing the gender gap and empowering women for development in Sub-Saharan Africa

In Sub-Saharan Africa, women represent slightly more than half the working-age population. Yet women are far from being equal partners with men in the economy and society, facing an array of barriers to achieving their full economic potential, from restrictive cultural practices to discriminatory laws and highly segmented labor markets. Empowering women, defined as

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