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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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State of the nation: Kenya after the ‘fragile’ 2013 poll

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In this article our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, reflects back on Kenya’s experiences in 2013. He argues that the country is currently at a cross-roads, with signposts pointing both towards ethnic manipulation and civil conflict, as well as democratic consolidation and peace against-the-odds. The country’s recent elections also bear signs of these divergent paths. The future […]

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The executive is too political for technocrats to work well

Nic Cheeseman

In his article our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, turns his attention to the cabinet in Kenya. He argues that cabinets that provide places for technocrats can work well – as seen in the examples of South Korea and Botswana – but Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet is not. Although the individuals involved explain part of the problem, the […]

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Britain’s secret history: historians challenge UK government

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Professor David Anderson and others are considering mounting a legal challenge to the FCO following their intransigence over the ‘Special Collections’ they are currently holding. Despite assurances to the contrary, these 1.2 million historical files are still inaccessible to the public and no clear timetable for their release is currently available.

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In memory of Joel Barkan, a scholar who believed in Kenya’s greatness

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Following the sad news of Joel Barkan’s death, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman reflects on his life and his contribution to the study of Kenya. This remembrance was first published in Kenya’s Daily Nation.    

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