Struggles of Kenya Parliament staff in supporting MPs to use research evidence

It is widely acknowledged that research evidence is an important ingredient of decision-making in development efforts, be they policy, programme or practice decisions. It is also widely acknowledged that research evidence is not the sole ingredient in these decision-making efforts. The context of decision-making shapes if and how research evidence influences the decisions made.

Quality of education in varsities and colleges needs urgent review

In the wake of the ongoing debate on the reform of Kenya’s school curriculum, this may be the appropriate time to address the factors contributing to the declining quality of education in institutions of higher learning. The country has been undergoing many institutional transitions following the promulgation of the Constitution in 2010. Universities have

Changing the narrative on fertility decline in Africa

Today, Africa has the world’s highest fertility rates. On average, women in Sub-Saharan Africa have about five children over their reproductive lifetime, compared to a global average of 2.5 children. Research shows that the “demographic transition,” the name for the change from high death and fertility rates to lower death and eventually lower fertility rates,

It will no longer be business as usual to increase contraceptive use in Kenya

Kenya’s rapid population growth is well acknowledged as a threat to development efforts. This is the reason why government efforts through the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) have, over the years, focused on increasing use of contraception among married women and men to reduce chances of having more children than couples are

Neglect of key groups undermines progress against HIV/AIDS

Because key populations play a crucial part in spread of HIV, their involvement in tackling the virus is vital for an effective and sustainable response to the problem in the East African Community. Besides cross-border populations, other vulnerable populations that need special focus include adolescent girls, young women, migrant populations, fisher folk and people

New syllabus should focus on skills

The review process of the education system in Kenya started in earnest as recently announced by Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i. While we recognise the critical need to reform the education system, we have to think of potential practical interventions and processes that African countries like Kenya should undertake. A key aim is take

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