Rather that jumping from project to project in search of a short-term response, there is a need to embrace practical and proactive long-term solutions to the challenges of recurring drought in the ASALs.
Pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya have an intimate interaction with climate change. Since pastoralism is intrinsically dependent on climate, the community has developed an adaptive set of mechanisms for dealing with climate change over the years. But state policies have frayed the edges of the community's framework for dealing with climate, leaving them far more vulnerable to the changing climate. The Elephant in conversation with Gregory Akal, a journalist and Climate expert.
A lengthy destabilization of Ethiopia's regime reverse the gains made by security partners and countries in the fight against Al-Shabaab, and create a crisis that Kenya is ill-prepared to face.
Kenya's mainstream media needs to move away from looking at the region through the lens of conflict and drought and present a complete picture of northern Kenya and the people. That will require hiring more people from the area in leadership positions and paying the local correspondent a fair wage. The Elephant in conversation with Osman Mohamed Osman, a PhD student in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. His work has been published by The Elephant, Al-Jazeera English, CNN, Quartz, among others.
Devolution in northern Kenya has tremendous potential for transforming the lives and livelihoods of the people in northern Kenya. To realize the full extent of devolution, leaders in northern of Kenya need to embrace accountability, and the national government needs to embrace equity. The Elephant in conversation with Dr Abduba Mollu Ido, governance, management and institutional development specialist with hands-on experience spanning 20 years.
Calls for economic sanctions to be imposed on Ethiopia fail to recognise that they have had not had the intended impact elsewhere in the region, only increasing the hardship of ordinary citizens.
The government’s decision to withdraw all non-local teachers has played into al-Shabaab’s hands and consigned the region’s youth to a life of poverty.
Devolution, access occasioned by new highways, a rise of local elites, has created a boon for sub-counties and towns within the counties in the North. The growth of LAPSSET is promising to more than triple the transport and communication infrastructure. And even though the northern counties are still reeling from decades of exclusion, a new hope emerges as modernization gradually takes root.
Pastoralist communities are effectively losing their rights to their communal lands through an obscure and predatory engagement process that involves conservation NGOs and self-seeking community leaders.
The fortress conservation model, created with support from some of the world’s biggest environmental groups and western donors, has led to land dispossession, militarization, and widespread human rights abuses.
Before Nashulai, Maasai communities around the Mara triangle were selling off their rights to live and work on their land, becoming “conservation refugees”.