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By Our Reporter

A section of luo Members of Parliament are up in arms against Kisumu County police and the Provincial Administration for having “hidden and failed” to invite them to Deputy President William Ruto’s function last week in Kisumu and missing the generous handout from the DP.

Ruto who was being hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kisumu towards the the construction of their Western Kenya Headquarters caught many by surprise whewn he landed directly at the venue with a chopper after seeing off President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kisumu’s International who flew to Rwanda after they had flown in from Nairobi then headed to Funyula.

Surprisingly none of the luo Members of Parliament nor any Senator attended the function save only for Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Otieno Awiti and the host Jack Ranguma.

The MPs who were in various functions within and out of their constituencies were said to be making ranting calls to their men on the ground demanding to know if they could catch up with Ruto.

However Ruto took only thirty minutes to raise over kshs 20 million and left for Nairobi as most of the MPs were on their way to his function not to contribute towards the harambee but to see him with a view of “milking him”.

“My boss was disappointed as we were making our way from Kericho to Kisumu only for us to reach Kaitui and see the DP chopper heading to Nairobi, he was on his private errands and had hoped to get some little money from the DP” lamented one aide of luo MP.

Ruto had earlier been accompanied by his youthful MPs who gave generously during the function.

One MP called a senior police officer within the County and threatened him with a transfer if that is how they will be handling them in regard to both the Presidential and the DP tour.

“How can they hide such a visit from me yet I am an MP within this area, either they did it intentionally or they had firm instructions to keep us in the dark “said another MP.

Another one is said to have called a Provincial Administrator within the county crying to him why he was never told of such a visit.

“Bwana Governor, you know how generous that man usually is, surely what wrong did I do to you to hide such a visit from me, imagine I have been trying to see him for the last four months in his Nairobi office in vain over money’ said another.

But a section of the area Police and the provincial administration have told off the MPs saying there mandate doesn’t extend to telling the legislatures who is to visit the county.

“They are with them in Nairobi, they can be going to to the said offices and look for the itineraries of anyone senior in the government who is to visit their constituencies, ours is coordination and security provision” said a senior police officer within the county who never wanted his identity revealed.

Later most of the MPs were seen physically going to leading hotels within Kisumu town with a view of “being lucky” to see any senior government officer who could have spent a night in Kisumu

young East Africa entrepreneurs & scientist business fund support for startup

From: sebastian marondo

Dear all,

Kindly be informed that, BAIP group seeks to support young businesses and science projects in rapidly growing countries of East Africa and Southeast Asia by combining them with European information technology businesses, scientists and professionals, funding them and investing in their development.

Therefore, BAIP group is inviting East Africa young entrepreneurs and scientists to pitch us their ideas to be selected to participate in the Investment Summit which will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in September 2014.

During the Summit, Entrepreneurs with the best, the most promising ideas with the highest growth potential will be selected and connected with European IT businesses and professionals, business mentors and investors, their know-how, experience and funds in order to turn their ideas and businesses into profitable enterprises.

For more information about BAIP group and the application process, please see the presentation:

Kindly share this invitation with young entrepreneurs and scientists that could benefit from this program to check the presentation and pitch us their ideas.

Best regards

Why foreign aid fails – and how to really help Africa

From: Yona Maro

The idea that large donations can remedy poverty has dominated the theory of economic development — and the thinking in many international aid agencies and governments — since the 1950s. And how have the results been? Not so good, actually. Millions have moved out of abject poverty around the world over the past six decades, but that has had little to do with foreign aid. Rather, it is due to economic growth in countries in Asia which received little aid. The World Bank has calculated that between 1981 and 2010, the number of poor people in the world fell by about 700 million — and that in China over the same period, the number of poor people fell by 627 million.

In the meantime, more than a quarter of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa are poorer now than in 1960 — with no sign that foreign aid, however substantive, will end poverty there. Last year, perhaps the most striking illustration came from Liberia, which has received massive amounts of aid for a decade. In 2011, according to the OECD, official development aid to Liberia totalled $765 million, and made up 73 per cent of its gross national income. The sum was even larger in 2010. But last year every one of the 25,000 students who took the exam to enter the University of Liberia failed. All of the aid is still failing to provide a decent education to Liberians.


Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

Aid from Japan to South Sudan

From: Sudan Press
Subject: Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced approximately $25 million assistance in response to deteriorating situation in South Sudan

Embassy of Japan in South Sudan
14 January 2014
January 14, 2014 (SSNA) — On 14 January, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his speech made during his visit to Ethiopia following Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique, announced that Japan is preparing to implement immediate assistance amounting to approximately $25 million to respond to the deteriorating situation in South Sudan. Among the assistance, about $20 million is planned to be utilised in response to the urgent appeal made by the United Nations on 31 December 2013 (Response Plan). The assistance is expected to cover the most pressing humanitarian needs stipulated in the Plan, such as food and nutrition, health, water and sanitation, protection, logistics and refugees.

Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan Takeshi Akamatsu said, “Japan has been gravely concerned over the dire humanitarian situation throughout South Sudan. We in this connection commend the dedicated work of the United Nations and the wider humanitarian community. Our assistance, expressed by Prime Minister Abe and responding to United Nations’ urgent call, should contribute to improving the difficult situation that many South Sudanese civilians have been facing”.

As stated by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in his statement on 24 December, Japan reiterates its strong appeal to all parties concerned to end the violence and resolve the issue through dialogue. Japan supports the efforts made by relevant countries and institutions, particularly the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), towards a peaceful resolution of the situation and calls on the parties of South Sudan to sincerely respond to the efforts.


About Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Africa, please refer to: (including the full text of his speech “Japan’s Diplomacy towards Africa: Strengthening Each Individual, One by One”)
For more information, please contact:

Hisako Ishizaki, First Secretary, Economic Cooperation Section, Embassy of Japan in South Sudan, , or Shojiro Nishimura, First Secretary, Political/Economic Sections, Embassy of Japan in South Sudan, mobile: +211-(0)956481145, e-mail:

Six African countries get new support to bolster private sector’s role in climate action

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Mozambique

TUNIS, Tunisia, November 28, 2013/ — With African Development Bank (AfDB) ( support, six African nations – Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Mozambique – made it through a global competition run by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to provide dedicated funding to engage the private sector in effective climate solutions. The seven project concepts endorsed for full project development in Africa focus on forests in Burkina Faso, DRC and Ghana, renewable energy in Kenya and Mali, and climate resilience in Mozambique.


The multilateral development banks (MDBs) ran the four-month competition to provide funding to garner more effective private sector involvement in projects in renewable energy, sustainable forests, and climate resilience. The selected African project concepts – a third of the 15 final winning concepts globally – will now go forward for further development by the AfDB as their CIF implementing partner.

“At AfDB, we went an extra mile through this process, and despite the time and resource limitations we carried out business identification efforts on the ground. We now look forward to working with the seven private sector sponsors in the countries to develop the concepts for full funding by next year,” said Mafalda Duarte, AfDB’s CIF coordinator who spearheaded the African project concept submissions in the competition. “At AfDB, we believe that private sector engagement in climate action is critically important to stimulate markets, increase investment potential, develop climate-friendly business models, and ensure a sustainable shift for effective climate solutions.”

The CIF, along with AfDB and the other MDB partners, undertook the competition in order to help alleviate the large number of risks preventing private sector’s entrance into renewable energy, energy efficiency, forestry, and climate resilience investments, particularly in developing countries. There are upfront risks for early entrants, large capital costs, a lack of suitable financing and insurance products, and a return on investment that is often slower than other better-known investments, such as fossil fuels. Mitigating these factors, along with addressing the lack of understanding of the value of climate investment and the need for new types of investment products, were the underlying reasons the CIF decided to set aside the special funds.

“Going forward, more efforts like the CIF set-asides are needed to raise awareness about business opportunities for potential private sector sponsors in developing countries, particularly for climate adaptation,” added Duarte. “We applaud these initiatives, and efforts like the set-asides must be developed across a broader horizon than the CIF pilot countries, reaching out to a wide swath of the developing world to stimulate large-scale change.”

Selected project concepts under the competition will now be fully prepared and will be presented for final funding to the CIF governing bodies in 2014.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

About the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

Established in 2008 as one of the largest fast-tracked climate financing instruments in the world, the $7.6 billion CIF provides developing countries with grants, concessional loans, risk mitigation instruments, and equity that leverage significant financing from the private sector, MDBs and other sources. Five MDBs – the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and World Bank Group (WBG) – implement CIF-funded projects and programs.

Contact: Mafalda Duarte, Chief Climate Change Specialist and CIF Coordinator, ONEC

For further information on the CIF projects supported by the AfDB, visit our January 2013 semi-annual report “Financing Change: the AfDB and CIF for a Climate-Smart Africa” ( and our October 2013 brochure “Growing Green: the AfDB and CIF for a Climate-Smart Africa.(”

About the African Development Bank Group

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) ( is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 34 African countries with an external office in Japan, the AfDB contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 53 regional member states.

For more information

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Introduction to the Geopolitics of Foreign Aid

From: Yona Maro

Foreign aid is an essential element of foreign policy for many countries. Since World War I, the richest states in the world have used transfers of goods, services, and funds as a means of interacting with other countries. Over time, increasing numbers of states have given increasing amounts of resources to other states. Aid has come in the form both of loans, often at reduced interest rates, and outright grants of resources.

The latter form of aid, which has become an increasingly important one, is relatively new for states, beginning in mass after World War II. Furthermore, countries have employed aid to address a variety of different policy goals: some aid is military assistance, some provides humanitarian and disaster relief and some is geared toward economic development and long term change. Because aid resources are often fungible, it is hard to pinpoint which goals aid actually achieves. But aid has always had geopolitical ramifications.


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Can Foreign Aid Make Elections More Competitive?

From: Yona Maro

AidData recently launched a new online platform and GIS module, which makes it significantly easier for researchers to upload, download, join, and visualize high-resolution, spatial data. The launch of “AidData 3.0” inspired me to take the GIS module for a test drive to explore the following question: how does the sub-national distribution of foreign aid affect the competitiveness of elections in developing democracies? I suspect that aid projects are attractive to candidates because they can (1) take credit for the completion of a past project in their constituency that is highly palpable to voters (the credit-taking hypothesis), or (2) manipulate who benefits from future projects, either by awarding contracts to supporters or engaging in corruption in order to enrich themselves (the rent-seeking hypothesis).

An alternative hypothesis is that aid reduces competitiveness because the incumbent takes all the credit for the project, thereby disadvantaging competitors (the incumbency-advantage hypothesis). The null hypothesis – that aid has no effect on electoral outcomes – is also plausible. Given the vast array of issues at stake in a typical election, such as national economic policies, security, etc., one might not expect aid projects to have any discernible impact.


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A World to Gain: A new agenda for aid, trade and investment

From: Yona Maro

The Netherlands wants to move forward in the world, and move forward with the world. We are involved in global problems. Ours is one of the most open countries in the world. We depend on other nations’ development for our own wellbeing and prosperity. Sustainable, inclusive growth is in our own interests and in the interests of others.

In 1981, 1.9 billion people were living in extreme poverty. By 2010, this figure had dropped to 900 million, and it will probably drop even further – to 600 million – by 2015. This means that the Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015 will have been achieved. And achievement of other MDGs – for example on access to water, sanitation and primary education – is within reach. But this is not true of every MDG. We are still lagging far behind in reducing infant, child and maternal mortality rates, and in increasing access to reproductive health care.

Nearly three-quarters of the people living in extreme poverty are to be found in middleincome countries. They are not yet reaping the benefits of their countries’ economic growth. The people in question are mainly women and members of other vulnerable groups. Here the emergence of a middle class is important to put pressure on the government in these countries, thereby promoting democracy, the rule of law and women’s empowerment. Income inequality has however increased in many middle-income countries. The situation in fragile states and countries in conflict is extremely alarming. These countries are in danger of falling far behind the rest of the world – politically, socially and economically. They also pose a threat in terms of regional stability, radicalisation and terrorism, cross-border crime, and illegal migration, trade flows and supplies of raw materials.


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Who Benefits from Aid for Trade? Comparing the Effects on Recipient versus Donor Exports

From: Yona Maro

Recent studies offer an ambiguous picture on the effectiveness of foreign aid in strengthening the export capacity of recipient countries. Moreover, the literature on aid for trade (AfT) has often neglected that exporters in the donor countries may be among the main beneficiaries. We hypothesize that AfT is as much in the self-interest of donor countries as it may have promoted the exports of recipient countries. We simultaneously estimate and compare the effects of AfT on trade in both directions. We find that AfT increases recipient exports to donors as well as recipient imports from donors. The first effect tends to dominate the latter, which contradicts the skeptical view that donors grant AfT primarily to promote their own export interests.


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From: isaac nkoroi

TradeMark East Africa Challenge Fund (TRAC) invites the private sector and the civil society to apply for grant funding to support innovative trade projects that can boost regional trade in the East African region and the region’s trade with the rest of the World.


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TradeMark East Africa Challenge Fund (TRAC) invites the private sector and the civil society to apply for grant funding to support innovative trade projects that can boost regional trade in the East African region and the region’s trade with the rest of the World

The Grants of between US$250,000 to US$350,000 per project will be offered to private companies, private sector organizations and civil society organizations on a 50% matching basis for private companies and private sector associations and 70% for civil society organizations. The grants will be awarded under three Windows

Window one: Business innovations that will increase Trade. The project should be innovative, aim at increasing cross border trade, has great potential for social welfare gains and has potential for commercial viability

Window two: Catalyzing innovation in services that enable cross border trade. The project should be innovative and should aim at reducing the cost of trade in East Africa. Potential beneficiaries will include firms operating in Finance, ICT, Insurance, Professional, and logistics services. Projects will be required to demonstrate the potential to increase access to and/or reduce the cost of services needed to trade across borders

Window three: Innovative ways of gathering evidence and mobilizing public opinion.TRAC will support innovative projects that can gather evidence of the way barriers to trade harm the public interest and mobilize public support for reforms that will lead to greater regional integration.

The TradeMark East Africa Challenge Fund (TRAC) is a project funded by TradeMark East Africa. TRAC invests in innovative projects that can boost regional trade in the East Africa Community (EAC) and the region’s trade with the rest of the world. Innovative projects, proposed by private firms that have the potential to boost cross-border and international trade will be eligible for funding. Innovative projects that benefit large number of men and women and promote climate resilience and environmental sustainability will be given preference. Women owned or managed businesses are particularly encouraged to apply

The guidance for the technical evaluation panel and the online application form are available from our website:

Online applications shall be received from 7th
October 2013 and close on 18th
November 2013.
For inquiries, clarification and further information, please contact us at: Email:

Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013

From: Yona Maro

There is a general consensus in the economic literature that strong links exist between trade, economic growth and poverty reduction. Countries that have embraced an outward-oriented development strategy, with trade liberalisation at its heart, have not only outperformed inward-looking economies in terms of long-term aggregate growth rates, but have also succeeded in lowering poverty rates and registering improvements in other social indicators.

There are many channels through which trade-induced growth leads to poverty reduction. Indeed, exports act as the conduit through which countries exploit their comparative advantage, improve their overall efficiency and productivity, and enable industries to employ their resources more efficiently and profitably. These factors expand demand, spur consumption, and reduce risks associated with reliance on the domestic market. They also increase employment in labour-intensive sectors and raise wages and standards of living. Imports permit countries to gain access to a wider range of goods and services and allow local firms to benefit from more, cheaper and newer technologies that increase productivity and competitiveness.

The 2013 report Aid for Trade at a Glance: Connecting to Value Chains analyses the strategies, priorities, and programmes from the public and private sectors in developing and developed countries to connect developing country suppliers to value chains. The report suggests that the increasing fragmentation of production processes offers developing countries new trading opportunities, but also present risks. Value chains reinforce the rationale for keeping markets open and highlight the costs of burdensome procedures that create “thick borders”.


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Date: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Subject: Kenya lawyers
To: jaluo

By Agwanda Saye
Over 6,000 lawyers countrywide will offer free legal services towards creating public awareness from September 23.

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Secretary/CEO Mr. Apollo Mboya said that 6,209 Advocates with valid practicing certificates will offer pro bono (free) services during the annual LSK Legal Aid Week.

“The Lawyers will offer the free services to the public between September 23 and September 27, 2013 at LSK Branches countrywide,” Mr. Mboya said.

The LSK CEO said that Attorney General (AG) Prof Githu Muigai will launch the legal awareness week on September 23 at the Milimani Law Courts Parking yard. The theme of the legal week is Access to Justice through Pro Bono Representation.

“It is important for the public to know their rights to justice and fundamental rights as enshrined in Chapter Four of the Constitution,” Mr. Mboya said. The lawyers will advise the public on all aspects of law.

Mr. Mboya said that lawyers in Nairobi will be advising clients at the Milimani Law courts Parking Yard. “We shall inform the public the venues in other counties in due course,” The CEO said.

He said that the right to legal representation is provided for in the Constitution, which the public must be aware of. He said that Article 159 of the supreme law provided for traditional dispute resolution mechanisms, which many are not aware of.

“We urge the public – especially those who cannot afford legal services – to turn up for free legal advice,” Mr. Mboya said.

Mr. Mboya said that the objective of the Legal Awareness Week is to promote the mandate of the LSK by extending legal literacy and awareness to members of the public. “We will also advise the public on various aspects of the law and civic education,” Mr. Mboya said.

The CEO said that LSK branches countrywide shall also offer the pro bono services and coordinate their activities at branch level.

Mr. Mboya said that organizations involved in legal work will also be given a chance to show-case their services with a view to promoting a better understanding to the public of the role lawyers play in the advancement of legal literacy and advocacy.



From: Chak Rachar
Date: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 6:47 AM
Subject: Foundation on poverty alleviation
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By Chak Rachar

A Christian movement based within Western Kenya based in Kisumu advocating for the needs of the poor communities in Kenya and Africa has embarked on a recruitment mission of Christian women within the seven constituencies making Kisumum County namely;Kisumu Central,East,West,Nyando ,Muhoroni ,Nyakach and Seme laying a lot of emphasis on Christians women empowerment .

According to the Chairperson of the Africa Churches Foundation Bishop Pheobe Onyango their mission is purely pegged on their relationship with their partners through mutual respect, trust and accountability.

Bishop Onyango while Speaking after leading a procession which led to recruitment of other women Christians within Muhoroni Constituency in the company of Tony Rozee leader of Connect International Ministry and who is also a senior leader of the New Forest Community Church in Hampshire in United Kingdom added that they are currently prioritizing to serve the most marginalized and exploited members of the community.

“The African Churches Foundation women initiative which I am presently involved in is a wing within ACF structure which champions women spiritual and development programme and the key therematic areas are; spiritual growth, access to education,socio-economic empowerment programmes,Health/ Reproductive issues, sexual and gender based violence and transformative leadership and governance” she added.

She further said that among the core values of ACF are; networking and collaboration, active participation, support for the needy and the poor.

“Muhoroni is the last constituency in our itinerary after transversing Nyando,Kisumu East,Kisumu,Central and Kisumu West together with Seme and Nyakach” she added

She further added that presently ACF women initiative is involved in water and sanitation, women empowerment, Health, spiritual development and disaster relief and recovery.

Asked about the achievement so far of the women initiative, Onyango said that so far they have been able to mobilize and organize women within and outside Kisumu County as well as initiation of income generating activities at the constituency level.

“In order to ensure sufficient, safe and nutritious food which is both available and affordable, we are in the process of offering training in agriculture eg irrigation,water harvesting ,organic fertilizers ,diversification of farm products ,animal rearing and even product marketing” she added.

Bishop Onyango also stressed that ACF women Initiative will work with their partners to restore local environments as well as promoting access to quality basic education through support for pre-primary education, community managed primary schools where government schools are not available, teacher training as well as adult literacy classes and life skills education vocational education and training.

She added that presently they are partnering with churches, Faith Based Organizations, Government, Development Agencies, International bodies as well as Local and International Business Partners.


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By Chak Rachar.
Kisumu County women under the banner of African Churches Foundation has embarked on giving relief and other forms of assistance to widows and orphans within the seven constituencies making Kisumu County.

According to Bishop Pheobe Onyango who is the Chairman of the Foundation their move has been necessitated by the need for better living by the concerned and they are set to transverse Kisumu East,Central and West,Seme,Nyakach ,Nyando and Muhoroni Constituencies.

“We are appealing to the Provincial Administration as well as well wishers to come in and support us in this our endeavor as not only food will we be giving but we have a long term program of even building houses for the widows” she added

Meanwhile, Bishop Onyango has condemned the action by Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh saying it was not proper and criticized calls for Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to resign.

Bishop Onyango says Kidero need not to resign and called for respect among the leaders.

She says biblically men are above women and that is irreversible noting that the issue should not be politicized.

Addressing a press conference in Kisumu with over 300 women members of the foundation, Onyango says there is need for reconciliation between the two leaders.

She says they are not either happy that Kidero slapped Shebesh but also cautioned women to be respectful to women.

Onyango says women should not abuse gains that have been made in their empowerment to disrespect men.

DHL delivers light to Africa

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

DHL Express is supporting Little Sun by moving 4,000 lamps to Ethiopia and South Africa from Germany as part of Deutsche Post DHL’s activities around the United Nations World Environment Day

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 7, 2013/ — DHL (, the world’s leading logistics company, often uses its dedicated network to deliver hope for those in need. Recently, the company has been using its logistics expertise to deliver ‘light’ to thousands of people in Sub Saharan Africa.



“Studies by organisations including the United Nations indicate that over 1.6 billion people still don’t have access to light; 30% of whom live in Africa,” says Sumesh Rahavendra, Head of Marketing for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa. “Using solar powered technology to give these people access to light is not just sustainable but also healthy, compared to conventional fuel sources. We have therefore partnered with two ‘light-giving organisations’ – Little Sun and Solar without Borders – on a pro-bono basis to provide much-needed solar-powered light to people in Sub Saharan Africa.

Little Sun is a social business that produces Little Sun lamps and distributes them worldwide by establishing sustainable trade routes, allowing off-grid distributors to make a profit while bringing light to local users.

“To date Little Sun runs active projects in six African countries, and pilot projects are under way across Africa and in South East Asia,” says Felix Hallwachs, CEO of the project. “Together with our partners we have brought 25000 solar lamps to users in Africa, in a trade-not-aid system that empowers all participants. Working with DHL is an opportunity to engage a strong and large partner into the Little Sun network, supporting the beginning of further distribution projects. DHL is contributing to kick-starting long-term sustainable development opportunities.”

DHL Express is supporting Little Sun by moving 4,000 lamps to Ethiopia and South Africa from Germany as part of Deutsche Post DHL’s activities around the United Nations World Environment Day.

In a similar move, the courier company has also partnered with Solar Without Borders, a Belgian non-profit organisation. After executing all kinds of solar projects from Guatemala to Mongolia, Solar Without Borders have combined their expertise and developed the ‘Solar Kiosk’, a central solar installation per village where 100 self-developed solar lamps can be charged.

“In this way we want to provide the most vulnerable people with decent, affordable and environmentally-friendly lighting,” says Gilles Loobuyck, the project manager in Sierra Leone. “After offering local training, the solar system and solar lamps can be made locally. Beside ‘getting people out of the dark’, Solar Without Borders aims to encourage the transfer of knowledge, creates employment and stimulates entrepreneurship.”

“Giving back to the African communities is not just a slogan for us at DHL Express,” concludes Rahavendra. “Both Little Sun and Solar without Borders have great products that they are looking to distribute across Africa. Incidentally, international express distribution is what we do best; a great marriage of a product and service to benefit the communities we serve.”

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

Media Contact:

Lee Nelson. Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa
Tel +27 21 409 3600 Mobile +27 72 361 0178

DHL –The Logistics company for the world

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From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Catholic Relief Services is in the midst of distributing a projected $2.789 million grant to one of the leading voices in the international abortion movement, LifeSiteNews reports. The U.S. Bishops’ foreign relief agency is distributing the funds to Population Services International, a $670 million organization that markets abortion drugs in the developing world.

This takes place barely a month when the Catholic Bishops in Kenya took a united stand against a series of advertisements by the pro-abortion lobbying group Catholics for a Free Choice promoting condom use in the country.

The advertisements read “Good Catholics use Condoms”, and have been seen on billboards across Kenya, as well as appearing in leading newspapers in the country. Cardinal John Njue, the Archbishop of Nairobi, who serves as president of the Kenya Episcopal Conference wanted those adverts pulled out.

It is also taking place at the time a Polish priest is contesting his removal from the position of pastor following a blog post in which he reportedly denounced the Polish bishops’ condemnation of the sins of abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and in vitro fertilization, according to the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Fr. Wojciech Lemanski, 53, has been removed from his leadership position of the parish of Jasienica by Henryk Hoser, Archbishop of Varsovie-Praga, for “lack of respect and disobedience,” and for causing “serious damage and confusion at the heart of the community of the Church.” Fr. Wojciech Lemanski was reportedly removed for dissent.

Lemanski initially refused to vacate his parish, but has now decided to leave in accordance with canon law while disputing his removal with the Vatican. The temporary administrator sent to oversee the parish by the archdiocese was refused entry by parishioners supportive of Lemanski.

The removal follows a series of conflicts between Lemanski and the archbishop, which the priest claims were provoked by his work to commemorate the killing of Jews in Poland during World War II, a labor that was recognized by the Polish government in 2008. Archbishop Hoser denies the claim.

Jesuit professor Stanislaw Obirek supports Lemanski and is expressing hope that Pope Francis will support the priest in his struggle against Archbishop Hoser. “The priest Lemanski opposed the language used by the Polish church which is hurtful for people who think differently, particularly on the subject of in vitro fertilization, abortion, or homosexuality, a language of hate,” Obirek said, according to AFP.

Obirek believes that the conflict represents “a new stage in the confrontation between an open Chuch,” represented by Pope Francis, “and a closed Church,” represented by the Polish bishops.

On the U.S. Bishops’ foreign relief agency distributing the funds to Population Services International, when questioned about the grant, CRS initially claimed PSI had merely sold them mosquito nets to combat malaria, but when presented with more information, the Catholic agency acknowledged that the abortion giant took a decidedly more active role.

Founded in 1970 by porn baron Phil Harvey, who initially used his porn profits to fund PSI, the organization networks and trains local providers throughout the world to offer “safe abortion.” The group’s “charity” work largely involves “stimulat[ing] demand” for contraceptives and abortion drugs among the world’s poor and then selling them the products.

Asked on Friday to explain the grant, CRS communications director John Rivera told LifeSiteNews that in late 2011 they had purchased water purification packets from PSI in Panama to help with water contamination following a major tropical storm.

PSI is open about its promotion of abortion even on its own website. On its page about “reducing unsafe abortion,” the firm explains that it “works to increase access to WHO-approved medical abortion drugs.” Its website also mentions its provision of medical abortions in Cambodia and Nepal, noting that in Cambodia it launched the country’s “first safe medical abortion drug, known as Medabon.”

The website says their work in India focuses “both on the demand and supply side” of the medical abortion and IUD markets, explaining that they promote the use of the products by “target[ing] audiences with information and messages using inter-personal; mid and mass media.”

As with its controversial grants to the pro-abortion group CARE, CRS’ $2.7 million grant to PSI Guinea is “pass-through” funding, meaning that CRS acts as a principal recipient to a funding agency and then doles out part of the funds to sub-recipients.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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EU to give millions of Euros for the rehabilitation of water towers in Mt Elgon and Chrangayi regions

Reports Leo Odera Omolo

The European Union will fund the rehabilitation of the Cheranganyi and Mt Elgon water towers program in Western Kenya to the tune of 2.5 million Euros {K shs 278 million.

The two water towers are reported to have been massively depleted of the indigenous trees by illegal loggers threatening the survival of the rivers that depend on them including the world famous Nile River.

The project is to be undertaken by the Moi University, Eldoret in collaboration with the Forest Research Institute {kefri}

This was disclosed last week by the Dean of the Environmental Studies at the Eldoret based University Vinah Vindoi who disclosed that the project will be implemented over a period of six year and will benefit the local communities through the creation of jobs and rehabilitation of the much vandalized and depleted forest resources.

He said there has been discrimination in dissemination of information to the local communities leaving the room and vacuum which has turned into wanton destruction the two important water towers.

He said once the key objective of the project in sensitizing the local communities to the real need of conserving and protecting the towers, this could turn out to be the most important part of the rehabilitation objectives.

The local communities will then aide the conservation efforts by the government and other stakeholders.

Prof Sindoi said that KEFRI will conduct further research and recommend the type of tree seedling that will be suited for the area. The tree will be replanted in the area set aside as the commercial areas or zones and will be sourced from the local communities.

HE urged the local communities to take the conservation work seriously. The locals have bee accused of destroying hr forest through charcoal burning and illegal loggers.

Meanwhile another important project to get rid of Lake Victoria water hyacinth is also taking shape soon. The project is just about to take off in Homa-Bay and Kisumu Counties.

And this time around the Kisumu based Lake Victoria Environmental Program LVEMPI is determined to ensure that the dreadful weeds, which invaded the lake two decade ago, and since caused problems for the fishermen, and made navigation of small vessels well as ships difficult, is permanently eradicated.

THe weed which has been a menace to fishing expedition in the areas affected like Homa-Bay and Kisumu Counties will be removed manually and biologically.

This comes after all the previous effort to clear the lake of the weed had flopped. LVEMP is expecting to receive a machine for this purpose from the Kenya Marine and will also use the weevils to feed on the weeds.


Kenya: Nairobi based businessman donated 10,000 pair of rubber-sporting shoes to all primary and nursery schools in Seme constituency

Reports Leo Odera Omolo

A Nairobi based businessman Mr Edward Omol has made a hefty donation of 10,000 pair of rubber-sporting shoes worth K,shs 2.6 million.

The shoes which is to be distributed to the nursery and primary schools pupils in the entire Seme constituency within Kisumu County included those small sizes fitting nursery schools children to the medium numbers that is fitting lower, medium and upper primary pupils.

Mr Omolo who contested the newly created Seme parliamentary seat in March this year, on a ODM ticket but lost to the incumbent Dr. Nyikal said children learning under a highly hygienic conditions stands a better chance of furthering their education to e higher height of success.

The distribution will be done on the basis of 360 per each school. The donor conducted the distribution of the shoes while accompanied by four Assembly representatives from the entire Seme constituency and members of the school committees, PTA chairman and opinion leaders in a colorful ceremony which started at Kirindo Primary School.

The donor handed his donations to the School’s committee chairman Kilion Otieno and another Kisumu and Mombasa based businessman, Mr George Abaja who is a director of a construction firm.

Also accompanying him were four County Assembly representatives Benter Nduta ,Ogoli, Okoth Diang’a and Makadede four local Assembly representatives. All the four thanked the businessman and asked him to maintain the same spirit of helping the unfortunate people.

Other schools which benefited from this hefty donation were Bundi, Jimo, Kayila Siala, Reru, Gumo and Kayila. THe businessman also donated 20 green houses to be used by other school’s pupils in growing vegetables, fruits and other cash crops and promised to donate more

This was the largest donation ever made for the schools in the region by an individual and it has since rekindled politics of the area a fresh with a lot of murmuring going around.


Letter From Tanzania IV: A Visit to Morogoro

from: Jovias Mwesiga

This is the fourth of several blog posts written from Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, Tanzania. I’m visiting Tanzania thanks to CARE USA, which has paid for my trip with the help of a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its purpose, for me at least, is to explore one country’s need for humanitarian aid and development assistance and to examine America’s political will and commitment to deliver on its promises.

The impact of American development aid to Tanzania, and the vast distance yet to go, were both evident in abundance during the fifth, and last, day that I spent in Tanzania.

In the morning, we flew from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, a one-hour flight from the capital in a twin-engine Cessna but a world away. Nestled at the center of a group of five Tanzanian districts, Morogoro is a bustling town with a busy marketplace and a network of paved thoroughfares that lead to dirt roads leading in every direction. But the primary activity here, among the 2 million people who live in the five districts around Morogoro, is agriculture. When I asked Mvomero district’s Anthony Mtaka, the district commissioner—the equivalent of a state governor in the United States, though appointed by President Kikwete—what percentage of the 300,000 people in his district were farmers and peasants, he didn’t hesitate. “Ninety-nine percent,” he answered.

As in most of Tanzania, the majority are desperately poor, subsistence farmers. Nearly all of them farm tiny plots, growing barely enough to feed their families, if that, and few have any substantial surplus to bring to market.

One exception is the Uwawakuda irrigation cooperative farm. More than 900 Tanzanian farmers, including 414 women, have banded together to farm a 5,000-acre spread whose productivity is fed by a pumping station and irrigation system that provides underground water to the farm. Originally installed three decades ago during the era of Tanzania’s president and founder, Julius Nyerere, the pumps are creaky now, and thanks to a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) new ones are being installed. It’s a star attraction for USAID’s Feed the Future program. According to the local officials who run it, the American help will rebuild the pumps, pave an access road, and rehabilitate the drainage canal that supplies the network of rice farms in the complex. In addition, USAID has put in place a model farm that teaches members of the coop the best practices in rice farming. A phalanx of women farmers greet us as we arrive at the model farm, singing and clapping and performing a series of original songs they’ve prepared for the occasion, and one of them, Victoria, with tears in her eyes, describes a litany of gains she’s been able to achieve as a member of the relatively prosperous coop, with USAID’s assistance.

Problem is, for the rest of the 2 million people in and around the area, things are bleak.

A drought, worsened by climate change and rising temperatures, has wracked the region. When I asked George Iranga, who manages the project, what happens to the farmers outside the coop, who don’t have access to irrigation, he says that they are struggling. That’s an understatement. Iranga says that the government in Dar es Salaam would like to replicate the gains in Uwawakuda elsewhere, but there’s no money. “Our government is doing its best to look for funding, or supply it from its own resources,” he says. Mtaka, the district commissioner, himself is a farmer, and last year he lost a great deal of money on his own farm. “We have year-round rivers here, but there is no way to get the water to the farmers. What we need most of all is irrigation technology here. If the rain doesn’t come, the farmers collapse financially.” The districts have sixteen irrigation plans on the books, and no way to fund any of them.

“The demand is too high,” says Iranga. “The government will allocate each year small bits of what’s needed.” Of course, it falls far short.

Back in Washington, USAID points to prgrams like Uwawakuda as success stories, and indeed they are. But compared to the staggering needs of a nation such as Tanzania—and multiply that by dozens of other counties across the globe—it’s a drop in the bucket.

Representative John Garamendi, a California Democrat with long experience in Africa, was part of the group visiting Tanzania organized by CARE. He says that while military-related foreign assistance is popular in Congress, humanitarian and development aid is more difficult to build support for, especially in the era of sequestration and budget cuts. “It’ll be a challenge,” he says. And while he supports the idea of increasing aid, he recognizes that it’s a uphill climb.

Still, says Garamendi, “It’s easier to prevent a war or a failed state or a humanitarian crisis than it is to deal with one that’s fully born. It is in America’s interest to prevent failed states and wars and humanitarian crises.”

Tanzania, he says, has made substantial progress. “But there’s a huge need.” The United States, along with the rest of the developed world, through the so-called G-8, provide development and humanitarian aid, help build Tanzania’s roads, water systems and infrastructure, facilitate direct forieign investment, and more, he says.

Still, in the current Washington political climate, there’s little or no chance that Tanzania will see a substantial increase in US foreign aid anytime soon. Although the United States has committed to supplying 0.70 percent of its GNP in total foreign assistance, the current actual figure is a dismal 0.17 percent, less than one-fourth of what ought to be. Until that changes, the two million farmers around Morogoro will have to deal with drought, climate change and many other problems that plague them—and that condemn Tanzania to stagnation, with more than a third of its population living on fifty-eight cents a day—pretty much on their own.

In his previous post from Tanzania, Robert Dreyfuss wrote about getting more bang for the foreign aid buck.

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