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The gender gap in Kenya – taking stock and moving forward

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his column for the Daily Nation our co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, argues that Kenya needs to improve its performance on gender issues. Whilst it is not one of the lowest performers, according to the global gender gap rankings, it has a long way to go in tackling the socio-cultural, political and economic barriers that prevent gender […]

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Coalition politics and the ICC in Kenya

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In this column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that President Kenyatta’s trip to the Hague told us as much about how he intends to handle domestic politics as about his intentions with regards to the ICC. His willingness to publicly state his faith in Deputy President William Ruto was an important […]

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Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Opinion polls play prominent role in Kenyan politics. But what can these polls actually tell us? That depends on how the poll was carried out. In this blog, co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that polling methods are frequently misunderstood, overlooked, or studiously ignored by the politicians and media outlets who quote them, and explores the consequences of […]

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Raila must not rush his next move

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his bi-monthly column for the Daily Nation, our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, argues that Raila Odinga has run the opposition party well in the past, despite the electoral defeats that he has suffered. Whilst Cord lost some of their edge and momentum recently but they still have an important and potentially powerful role to play in opposition. […]

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Is rise of middle class good for democracy?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his fortnightly column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define ‘middle class’ – is the common definition of $2 a day a robust measure? Should we be looking at a much higher bar? Focusing in on Kenya, he also explores the attitudes of middle class Kenyans towards democracy.

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Presidential debates in Kenya: give ‘em the old razzle dazzle

Natalie Moss

In this blog, Natalie Moss explores Kenya’s 2013 electoral debates and their coverage in the media: what can we learn from the ways in which these debates were conducted? How were they presented in the media? In whose interests were the media acting? Natalie is a PhD student at Durham University, her research examines the history of […]

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Lessons from Nigeria’s ‘war on terror’

Nic Cheeseman

In his latest column for the Daily Nation, our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, asks what Kenya can learn from Nigeria’s attempts to tackle Boko Haram. The abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok may prove to be a turning point in the ongoing conflict with Boko Haram, with a recognition of the need for better intelligence, international […]

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Recalculating Kenya’s GDP: Kenyans may pay for the appearance of wealth

Nic Cheeseman

In his column for the Daily Nation, our Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman argues that rebasing Kenya’s GDP is a positive move, which allows the country to more accurately appraise its economic progress. However, this move comes with costs, and the government must ensure that it is not the country’s poorest citizens who pay.

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Are newspapers on their way out?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

With a new series on media and democracy in the pipeline at DiA, our co-editor ponders the future of newspapers in Kenya and beyond.

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Has the CDF really changed ordinary Kenyans’ lives?

Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman, DiA’s co-editor, explores the challenges faced by the Constituency Development Fund in Kenya. This fund, was supposed to bring development closer to Kenyans and help the country to move on from harambee schemes that had been mired by politicisation and corruption. The CDF’s achievements have been mixed at best. MPs have recently moved […]

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