Kiambu County Becomes Home to Africa’s First Semi-Aerobic Landfill

The ‘Fukuoka’ landfill method refers to mechanisms where leachate (waste water) is quickly removed from waste materials. The process leads to faster decomposition of waste material, improves quality of the waste water and reduces emission of methane gas[1]. It emerged from joint research by Fukuoka University and Fukuoka City, Japan, in the 1970s, on the … More Kiambu County Becomes Home to Africa’s First Semi-Aerobic Landfill

Supporting Youth Engagement in Water and Sanitation in Africa Through Inclusive Policies

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) is aware of the important role youth can and do play in promotion of management of water resources as well as greater access to water and sanitation. They recognize them as agents of change with their creativity and innovation, dedication, energy and ability to raise awareness and alter … More Supporting Youth Engagement in Water and Sanitation in Africa Through Inclusive Policies

CSO Capacity Building and Inclusive Extractive Industries in Africa

The growth in extractive industries has intensified globally. Despite government claims that these industries contribute to economic growth, a study by the World Bank showed that mining of metals, minerals and fossil fuels has actually slowed down African countries’ efforts to reduce poverty.[1] There is a need to re-evaluate national priorities from an extractive model … More CSO Capacity Building and Inclusive Extractive Industries in Africa

Enhancing African CSO Participation in Addressing Climate Change

Africa’s contribution to environmental pollution through carbon emissions is negligible. Despite this, it is increasingly facing severe effects from climate change and its impacts as a result of its low adaptation capacity. According to the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the continent is to suffer, with a high degree of certainty, from climate change-induced … More Enhancing African CSO Participation in Addressing Climate Change

Briefing Paper: Industrial Scale Composting

Introduction Composting is the natural, aerobic (occurs in presence of Oxygen) process of decomposition and recycling of organic materials by microbes to produce humus rich soil amendment known as compost. Composting organisms require four equally important ingredients to work effectively: ▫ Carbon — for energy: the microbial oxidation of carbon produces the heat, if included … More Briefing Paper: Industrial Scale Composting

Scene-Setting Situational Research and Analysis on Youth Entrepreneurship in Kenya

Kenya is a lower middle income country that has been experiencing economic growth but suffers from a high rate of unemployment, of which the youth are disproportionately affected. Of those youth a large number are in casual work or under-employed. A large number of the jobs in the economy are in the informal sector which … More Scene-Setting Situational Research and Analysis on Youth Entrepreneurship in Kenya

Fighting Harmful Cultural Practices in Kenya

“Give girls the wings to fly, not the pain to cry and die” – Dr. Josephine Kulea, Director, Samburu Girls Foundation Gender-based violence is a wide-spread global problem cutting across countries and cultures that violates and compromises the health, well-being, dignity and autonomy of its victims. Affecting women at a disproportionate rate, statistics show that … More Fighting Harmful Cultural Practices in Kenya

Scaling up sustainable agricultural practices in Tanzania

  In Tanzania, agriculture is the main driver of the economy. It provides 26.9% of the country’s GDP and employs 80% of the country’s labour force. Endowed with abundant fertile land, water resources, agricultural entrepreneurs and access to international markets through its major sea ports, Tanzania’s agricultural sector has great potential. However, despite these factors … More Scaling up sustainable agricultural practices in Tanzania