Given the allegations of COVID-related graft in Kenya, it is not surprising that many Kenyans have little trust in their government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic and that some believe that the government is paying for good PR about patient recovery to demonstrate to donors a continued need for COVID funds.
Poverty is the main factor in the transmission of coronavirus. What we need is a “vaccine” against the disruption of livelihoods, and a model might just be staring us in the face.
If the coronavirus has taught us anything, it is that not even a pandemic can erase the inherent racism in the Western media and in humanitarian organisations.
A feature on police brutality in Kenya since the COVID-19 curfew.
More than 600 economists and academics from around the world call for Africa to acquire monetary sovereignty in order to revive its development after Covid-19.
Local banks are seeing a growing percentage of their borrowers falling behind or ceasing making payments on their loans. This is making it increasingly difficult for these lenders to issue new loans at a time when struggling businesses need all the help they can get.
If the new regulations by the Central Bank of Kenya put microfinance institutions under stress, low-income households’ will be unable to access credit, and their ability to maintain livelihoods will be affected.
NGOs have been notably absent in the fight against COVID-19, despite claims they exist solely to ensure accountability and transparency by government.
City dwellers in Kenya are rushing to their rural homes in droves because of economic and social disruptions caused by coronavirus lockdowns and curfews. Many may never return to the city.
The impact of the COVID virus on production, demand, supply, credit market and labour demand continues to be felt differently by different sectors. This calls for a halfway review of its respective effects and how best we can craft the path towards full recovery. As narrated by Darius Okolla.
The Corona Café 3 reimagines the Kenyan education system. Reflecting on local and continental lessons learned and experiences, and factoring in global drivers that influence our education system, the discussion looks at disrupting educational practices by exploring how COVID-19 has influenced and enriched our thinking on critical issues such as the purpose of education, virtual learning and the education divide.
The advent of the circumcision season has presented an impossible choice between tradition and civil obedience to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Dr Grieve Chelwa explores how COVID will impact African economies and the unstoppable rise of China in its relationship with Africa and how this won't likely be reversed as the West retreats without much prospect of a return.
The tale of Elkhorn is not one of a town laid low by rampant diphtheria but one of business as usual in spite of that awful disease. This once-thriving mining town in the United States became collateral damage in the capital wars among the one-percenters of the Gilded Age. With COVID-19, it’s happening again today, but at a vastly greater scale and with devastatingly widespread consequences.
The closure of places of worship in Kenya has had a profound impact on the Church, which is struggling to retain followers and survive under harsh economic conditions. What will a post-coronavirus Church look like?
As COVID-19 cases rise across the world, the act of wearing a mask has come to mean more than just health. It has become symbolic of the corona discourse.
With high levels of mobile phone and internet penetration, coupled with advanced digital technologies in the financial sector, Kenya has favourable conditions for cash transfers to the most vulnerable populations. However, corruption and lack of reliable data on beneficiaries can derail efforts to make all Kenyans food secure during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has hastened the national discussion on the formation of alternative political movements and leaderships that will guarantee the national peace that the elite have shown themselves to be incapable of providing.
The coronavirus has laid bare the government’s failings in the education sector over the last 60 years. Even now, faced with the challenges brought by COVID-19, it has opted to place the responsibility of ensuring that students can safely return to school squarely in the hands of school managements.
The disruption of national food supply chains due to COVID-19 lockdowns and curfews has negatively impacted market traders, but it has also spawned localised – and more resilient – supply chains that are filling the gap in the food system.
On-demand e-commerce has led to the rapid expansion of food delivery platforms and companies in Kenya’s urban areas. While these companies offer choice and convenience to their customers, they exacerbate class divisions. In addition, the technology required to use these services places consumers at a risk of third parties using their personal data without their knowledge or consent.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the global farm-to-plate conveyor belt, including related value chain and support industries. This has led to the overhaul of certain sectors and the expansion of others. On the upside, the disruption has also encouraged citizens to audit the resilience of their local food systems and their capacity to feed people over the long haul.
COVID-19 has had a huge and immediate negative economic impact on low-income households, especially in urban areas. The Kenyan government’s mediocre response to this economic shock has not only increased people’s vulnerability, but has also laid bare the government’s inability to provide basic services.
Waiting for increasingly elusive work at stakeouts without shelter and facing police harassment is the itinerant washerwomen’s daily lot in this COVID-19 season.
Communication on the prevention and management of COVID-19 needs to borrow a leaf from the lessons learnt in dealing with HIV, eschewing fear-mongering and stigmatisation and instead focusing on the social and behaviour change that will help us to contain the spread of the coronavirus even as science seeks a remedy.
The Corona Café discusses social inequality in our society and how the COVID-19 crisis in Kenya has revealed the fragility and inequity our social and political system's in remedying this. Panelists, Dr Wangui Kimari, Mr Abubakar Zain, Moderator. Mshai Mwangola.
When the coronavirus came calling, many Christian communities set themselves apart and declared that they had special divine protection, with some claiming the virus to be a hoax or that it could be defeated not by science but by faith and supernatural means.
Africans can lead the charge to decolonize the profit-driven biomedical system by challenging European and American claims to prioritized access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Leadership is a process; it emerges in everyday actions and decisions as we navigate COVID-19 and other crises. These young leaders are the dream of our ancestors realized today, rising despite encumbrances brought by the life-threatening pathogen.
COVID-19 has forced news organisations to adapt to changing times; many are closing down or letting go of their employees. Can journalism be declared redundant at a time when it is needed the most?
The Elephant in conversation with Ngala Chome - a writer, scholar and a Doctoral Candidate at the History Department, Durham University.
Dr Wandia Njoya in conversation with Prof. Lewis Ricardo Gordon an American philosopher. He has written particularly extensively on Africana and black existentialism, postcolonial phenomenology, race and racism, and on the works and thought of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon. His most recent book is titled What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction To His Life And Thought.
The Elephant in conversation with Mwalimu Mutemi wa Kiama, an activist, social and political commentator and founder of the grassroots organisation The Wanjiku Revolution.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has had one unexpected effect in Tanzania: it has emboldened Zanzibaris’ relentless struggle for self-determination.
The full extent of the impact of the coronavirus crisis in Nairobi low-income areas is yet to be seen but as Juliet Atellah analyses, it will be important to track.
Many middle class Kenyans are converting their car boots into mini fruit and vegetable markets. In these times of coronavirus, car boot sales have become an adaptation mechanism: they give people an opportunity to earn some hard cash and maintain their sanity.
Aly-Khan Satchu and Julian Rowa unpack the various facets of the economic meltdown Kenya is in that has been accelerated by the Coronavirus pandemic leaving the Government with no fiscal flex room. And yet a policy-making crisis of imagination is also apparent - the 2020 budget was identical to the 2019 one as if nothing is happening.
Using mathematical modelling, Professor Waititu simulates the progress of the coronavirus outbreak.
Following the outbreak of a pandemic in the city of Wuhan during a Chinese winter that will forever remain etched in the annals of history, Madagascar has been dramatically thrust to the fore on the international stage with its announcement of the development of a herbal remedy for COVID-19.
The stimulus package targeting artists recently announced by the government is clearly driven by a Machiavellian policy rather than humanitarian considerations. The government’s intention is not to cushion the artists financially but to stifle critical narratives while using their talents to trumpet the directives of the ministry of health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 has upset the basic economic relationship that existed between different sectors in the wider economy. As Dr Mariam Omollo and Dr Charles Warria explain, this heightens the need for new data on the evolving relationships between known variables and market indicators, as moderated by Wanjiru Gikonyo.
The Elephant in conversation with Fr Gabriel Dolan, a catholic priest, social commentator, writer and social justice advocate based in Mombasa, Kenya.
As the trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, the African Union must activate Africa’s global human capital in a think-and-do tank to support the efforts of its member states. Such a mechanism, if done well, can outlast the crisis, strengthen the legitimacy of the AU, and complement future external technical assistance.
Science-based containment strategies, including nationwide surveys, significantly reduced COVID-19-related infections and fatalities in Uganda and Rwanda. In contrast, the Kenyan government turned the public health crisis into a “law and order” issue, while the leaders of Tanzania and Burundi went into denial mode.
The Corona Café discusses the public healthcare system and its response to the COVID-19 situation in Kenya and challenges us to think critically beyond the crisis in order to put in place a robust healthcare system that will serve Kenyans well into the future. Panellists, Dr. Richard Ayah, Dr. Nelly Bosire, Dr. Eric Masese Moderator. Mshai Mwangola
The Elephant in conversation with Kalundi Serumaga, a writer, playwright, social critic based in Kampala, Uganda
The Elephant/Africa Uncensored in conversation with Prof Attiya Waris and Dr Mary Nyamongo. Prof Attiya Waris is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi Law School and Director of Research under the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research; and chair of the UON Committee on Fiscal Studies. Dr Mary Nyamongo is a social anthropologist, Adjunct Faculty member Strathmore University and founding director of African Institute for Health & Development.
COVID-19 has compelled us to think about the home as an enclosed political economy. The pandemic has placed an additional strain on the caregiving role and labour of women, who have been disproportionally affected by domestic and other forms of violence. What might a just home in a post-COVID future look like?