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From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Cancer is becoming a burden the country can hardly bear. Rev Fr Gradus Ochieng battled with it, finally he had to die. This year alone the number of Kenyans who have died of cancer is numerous. Veteran journalist Jerry Okungo died from it. Kenya-based BBC broadcast journalist Anne Waithera died of it at the age of 39 in a Nairobi hospital. She had been battling cancer for the past two years.

The next patient to die from cancer this year is Brenda Ochieng, beloved wife to Mr Michael Ochieng. Brenda was diagnosed with leukaemia in March last year. She was put on medication and has been in and out of hospital since.

Brenda’s ailment is the latest in a family that has been devastated by cancer since 1972, when her grandfather, William Wamunga, died of bone cancer at Kakamega General Hospital. In 1986, Mzee Wamunga’s second eldest son Hazron (Brenda’s uncle) was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Economically, footing chemotherapy bills has supped many of families’ finances and investments, yet chemotherapy is the only hope for those already suffering from cancer. In Kenya it is estimated that 2000 people die of cancer daily.

It demonstrates a situation which should by now be declared a national disaster. The rating is higher than deaths caused by road accidents or HIV and Aids. Between 2000 and 2006, the Nairobi Cancer Registry recorded 10,484 cases of cancer in both men and women.

The statistics also show that many catholic nuns are dying of the cancer of breast; uterus and endometrial problems which doctors say are the main diseases of the nuns. The doctors recommend that nuns like other women should go for frequent check ups.

Just as breast and cervical cancer are alarmingly prevalent among women, prostate is slowly becoming men’s main killer decease. Like nuns, doctors recommend that priests should also go for frequent check ups.

Many doctors are associating cancer to lifestyle. Some of the reasons as to why there is a high prevalence of cancer cases as; many sexual partners, early sex debuts, use of contraceptives and staying too long without having a child in the case of women.

Among the many types of cancers, the greatest killer of Kenyan women today, is cancer of the cervix according to doctors despite being vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that causes cancer of the cervix; one can still get it if they indulge in irresponsible sex.

Even though one qualifies to be vaccinated against HPV virus, there are many other factors that cause cancer of the cervix. HPV virus can be passed from mother to child during delivery. It can also be passed from one spouse to another since it is sexually transmitted.

That is why it is important that people are educated about HPV vaccine. Doctors say most cancers of the cervix can be prevented if women have Pap smear tests regularly. Today even children are suffering from the disease.

The reason why children are also dying of cancer is because lactating mothers are taking contraceptives that are passed on to children through breast milk. That is also why women are advised to avoid contraceptives as possible.

Doctors say that cancer is a disease of the cell. The cells grow out of control and change in the genetic make-up. They look and function differently from the normal ones and can spread to other parts of the body. Some cells in any organ can become abnormal.

Doctors cite some of the factors that can predispose one to cancer as smoking, alcohol and chewing harmful substances like miraa, (khat) industrial toxins, obesity, lack of regular exercises and pollution. Many nutritionists blame poor diet and lifestyle. Lifestyle is one of the major contributors to cancer.

Unlike in 1960s when cancer was a rare case, today because we live in a world where technology has taken over everything like refrigerators, microwaves and refined foods that have low nutritional value, is why cancers is spreading faster than ever been before.

For instance microwaving food stored in polythene bags produces so many carcinogens that lead to any form of cancer. The accumulations of additives, sugars and fats from preserved food stores toxins in our bodies that pile up and eventually lead to cancer.

Since nutrition contributes a lot to brain development, if a child is not given proper nutrition the brain development and learning is very low. Nutrition can never be treated totally if a child does not have good nutrition in the first five years of its life.

Even though clinical management of cancer requires a multidisciplinary team consisting of medical oncologists, surgeons and surgical oncologists, radiotherapists, pathologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, counselors, and palliative care specialists, among others, Kenya lacks enough oncologists due to high cost of training.

Yet, the few trained Kenyatta National Hospital medical physicians responsible for cancer treatment are overwhelmed by the workload due to the rising number of cancer patients in the country. Again, that all of the oncology specialists in Kenya are located in Nairobi, it is making it almost impossible for the largest number of the population to access their services.

Since cancer symptoms show at a snails pace, it is why many die without ever knowing they had the disease. That is why having routine medical screenings is one way to safeguard ones health and detect early symptoms of cancer development.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

From: Yona Maro

The 10th Session of Working Group II (WGII-10) was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. At the Session, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) was approved and the underlying scientific and technical assessment accepted.


Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA


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By Our Investigative Reporter

Nyando MP Fred Outa who is at the centre of the storm loudly supporting the controversial Solid Waste Management is to sell to Madam R the company which was awarded the multi-billion Solid Waste Management his land at Namba Okan at a cost of kshs 800 million hence his strong agitation for Madam R.

The area MPs ;John Olago Aluoch, Aduma Owuor and himself have so far been enjoined in the case as interested parties together with six Ward Reps;the ever hungry Prisca Auma Misachi, Yona Maina Koko ,Jane Omollo and the fatherless “Banian” Aslam Khan.

Outr has of late locked horns with Kisumu Governor Jack ranguma who has so far disowned the tender award vowing that he will fight the Governor to the full until he achieves his desire of selling the land to Madam enterprises.

All those who are enjoined in the petition have been promised good cash rewards if the tender will finally be awarded to the said company.

The MPs have been promised kshs 10million each while the Ward Reps are to take home kshs 5million each.

“I am surprised that our leaders can stoop this low and be bribed and okay such a project just because one of their own is to sell his land to the Company and they share the loot from the tax payers money from Kisumu” lamented aConty Rep who was approached to be a friend of the Court but declined.

So far no Environmental Impact Assessment report has been conducted and submitted to the National Environment Management Authority, lead agencies like Kisumu Civil Aviation Authority, Water Resource Management Authority and Kisumu County on the said land the MP is selling.

Ranguma has vowed that the project will only take place over his dead vowing that the award of the tender was un procedural.

This comes at a time Kisumu High Court ordered the Kisumu County Government to respond to a petition filed by businessman Erick Okeyo regarding the controversial solid waste management project.

High Court Judge Aggrey Muchelule has given the lawyers representing the County government (Wasuna Advocates) three days to file a response against the allegations made by the petitioner.

Okeyo through his lawyer Charles Njuguna wants the county government compelled to produce certified copies of the advertisements for invitation to tender, the valuation report of the tenders, and proof of public participation in the process.

Muchelule ordered lawyers representing both parties to move with speed because the matter is of public interest since it involves huge amount of money and must be expedited as soon as possible.

However Advocate Yogo representing Madam R enterprises which was allegedly offered the Sh. 18 billion tender maintained that no tender was signed and that the county government has not spent any money on the project.

Kenya Power Shift Camp on Climate Change

From: Emmanuel Dennis

Are you passionate about the environment, climate, biodiversity and ecosystems?

Are you willing to spend three days in nature?

Do you want to learn about some of the practical skills on how you can protect the environment and become a climate change agent and model in your community?

This year’s Kenya Power Shift Camping Forum, taking place on 25-28 March in Nairobi is a good opportunity for you. We will be collaborating with the various climate change networks in the country in bringing together 120 young climate change activists and environment friends from across the Country.

The Power shift will offer opportunities to network and share experiences on one of the worst Global crisis. It will be an opportunity to share and learn on skills needed on Adaptation or Mitigation efforts across the country.

It will also be an opportunity to come and have fun.

Would you be willing to participate and bring your energies and passions for other enthusiastic climate agents?

Please do have a look through the event brochure that gives you an overview of the camp. With 3 weeks to go to the opening day, participation is being booked up very quickly with already 30% of the limited spaces allocated; please click here for the registration form.

Let us bring the knowledge on how to curb climate change in Kenya to be a reality for today and the future.


Emmanuel Dennis Ngongo
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Tanzania makes its stand clear on Nile Water

From: Abdalah Hamis

The government wants the Nile waters to shared by all countries it passes through.

The affirmation was made last week by President Jakaya Kikwete when having talks in Dar es Salaam with Egyptian Envoy to the president, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy who had been sent by Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour to present a message to President Kikwete on strengthening various matters of bilateral relations between the two countries.

After their talks, President Kikwete commented on the use of Nile waters stressing the position of Tanzania that it was the right of every country where the river flows through to use that water for its development.

“All countries where the river flows , in one way or another, have the same rights to use the river water for their country’s development,” this is Tanzania ‘s position, said President Kikwete, adding that he believes in fair use of water in all countries where the river flows.

Previously Egyptian Foreign minister, Mr. Fahmy had told President Kikwete about the importance of the Nile river in Egypt, stressing that his country, Egypt, gets rains three days only on average per year.

“All the water we use comes from the Nile river. So, you can understand the importance of the river for fairness and prosperity of our country,” he noted. Egypt depends on the Nile for almost 95% of its water.

Egypt has a natural historical right on the Nile river, and principles of its acquired rights have been a focal point of negotiations with upstream states.

The fact that the right exist means that any perceived reduction of the Nile water supply to Egypt is tampering with its national security and thus could trigger potential conflict.

There have been occasions when Egypt has threatened to go to war over Nile water.

Already one of the Egyptian online, Ahram Online has quoted President Kikwete as saying Nile Basin countries should consult and decide on a mutual agreeable arrangement prior to the construction of any dams that impact several countries.

The online was reporting the visit of the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mr. Fahmy to Tanzania after he met with President Kikwete.

“The Tanzanian president was understanding on the situation and stressed that no country should suffer or be harmed from the consequences of the Renaissance Dam,” Foreign ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Ati was quoted.

President Kikwete’s stand on Nile River was utilization comes at a time when there is moving crisis over the Grand Renaissance Dam Ethiopia aims to build.

The planned Grand Renaissance Dam is a $4.2 billion hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile.

The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May last year, when images of the dam’s construction stirred public anxiety about possible effects on Egypt’s share of Nile waters, the country’s main source of potable water.

Fahmy carried a message from Interim President of Egypt, Mansour requesting the government of Tanzania to assist in asking the African Union (AU) to re-admit his country’s membership.

Upon his arrival in Dar es Salaam, the Egyptian minister had audience with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Mr Bernard Membe and informed him about the quest for Egypt to regain her AU membership.

He said factors that led to suspension of the membership, (military coup) were no longer valid. “It was people’s decision to defend their country from extremists,” he said, adding that the country was presently geared towards preparation for national referendum before elections next year.

The Nile river is subject to political interactions. It is the world’s longest river flowing 6,700 kilometers through ten countries in northeastern Africa — Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt with varying climates.

The meeting also discussed various issues related to bilateral agreements between the two governments whereby; four businessmen from Egypt were also connected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), to explore investment opportunities in the country.

In 2010, Ethiopia, along with five other countries based along the river Nile (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi in 2011) signed a Cooperative Framework Agreement that addressed issues of using the water in ways that do not cause significant harm to other countries reliant on the water. Basically these countries were fed up with always having to ask permission from Egypt before they could attempt to use the river in any development project. The agreement lays the foundations for creating a Nile River Basin Commission that would manage all water rights and development projects along the river.

Ethiopia claims that the $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam would benefit agriculture and any energy consumers in East Africa, whilst at the same time not affecting the flow of water downstream; even Sudan has shown its support for the project.

Egypt claims that it signed a 1959 agreement with Sudan that granted them the rights to 55.5 billion cubic metres of water from the total 84 billion cubic metres flowing through the river. However, Ethiopia and other upriver countries have rejected the agreement.


From: Abdalah Hamis

This statement gives a review of the performance of the October to December (OND), 2013 short rainfall season, the ongoing seasonal rains over central, western, southwestern highlands, southern region and southern coast, and an outlook for the March to May (MAM), 2014 long rainfall season (Masika). Click here to view/download a copy of the full report

Google Launches Global Forest Watch Website With Real-Time Deforestation Data

From: Yona Maro

“Google has come up with a new website to help keep a watch and also to track deforestation in real time and across the world. It is named as Global Forest Watch and is leveraged with the data of deforestation. It contains curated maps along with in-depth reporting of the current scenario of any region.”

By Cody Chan, The Algamest, February 23rd, 2014


Yona Fares Maro

Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

World Energy Council: African energy leaders see global climate framework uncertainty, high energy prices, and commodity prices as top critical issues

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, February 18, 2014/ — African energy leaders see global climate framework uncertainty, high energy prices, and commodity prices as the critical issues driving Africa’s energy agenda this year, according to the 2014 World Energy Issues Monitor, released by World Energy Council (WEC) (

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The African views are in contrast with the global view, where high energy price volatility has for the first time replaced climate framework as the top critical uncertainty.

Bonang Mohale, WEC Vice-Chair Africa, commented at the report launch at the Africa Energy Indaba:

“Our African survey finds that, in contrast with the global findings, climate framework has become an even more critical issue. Africa is dramatically vulnerable to climate change, and Africans are becoming more aware that climate change is an urgent and real issue rather than something that only countries with large emissions should worry about.”

In Africa, electricity supply remains a critical concern, with growing demand, lack of required investment, and increasing power shortages across the continent. Renewable energy remains a high-priority issue.

As a change from last year’s findings, African national governments and regional institutions are taking actions in energy efficiency and regional interconnection, while investment cooperation with China and India is viewed with increasing importance.

The report captures the views of over 800 energy leaders including ministers, chief executives and the heads of the WEC’s national members committees covering 84 countries.

In its global findings, climate framework uncertainty is now perceived by energy leaders to have less impact than in the previous three years of the study. Meanwhile, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) continues to be viewed as a technology having limited impact.

Energy leaders are also increasingly concerned about the sector’s ability to access the capital markets for funds towards energy infrastructure, when set against a continued recessionary backdrop.

Christoph Frei, WEC Secretary General, said:

“The fact that both climate framework and CCUS are perceived to be issues of less impact is bad news not only in terms of emissions mitigation, but also for the development of robust and resilient energy infrastructure. Our energy systems are in a state of massive expansion and transition, and the signals we see today provide clear evidence of the urgent need for more robust, coherent, long-term frameworks for planning our future investment.”

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About the World Energy Council

The World Energy Council (WEC) ( is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all.

Formed in 1923, WEC is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders.

WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.

Further details at and @WECouncil


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Reports Leo Odera Omolo

Two night guards sustained grievous bodily harm during a tough fight with the hyena who sneaked into their makeshift house and snatched the carcass of a gazelle antelope which they had hunted and killed for their meal.

The incident took place in Narok North in the heart of Maasailand, not far away from the famous Maasai Mara Game reserve. The beast ventured in a makeshift house, where the guards lived, while they were asleep and snatched the carcass of an antelope.

The commotion then followed when the hyena was dragging the carcass out of the house. The guards were woken, but, it was too late because the hyena had already dragged meat into the thicket. They quickly armed themselves with bow and arrows, spears and machetes and gave chase.

Battle ensued and the guards manage to retrieve the carcass. ”We bravely followed it into the forest. The incident took place at a place called EOR-Kule in Narok district, Narok Count. The hyena did not gave up. It followed the guards and the carcass menacingly up to their s door steps, forcing them to light up a bonfire to keep the hyena at bay.. The beast then fled and disappeared in the nearby forest.

The two guards were treated of their injuries at the Narok district hospital and discharged. The senior game warded of the KENYA wildlife Service, KWS}Mr Benard Koruta, advised those who live next to the forest to be more cautious, adding that the current biting drought in the area was responsible for the rise in human-wildlife conflict.

In November last year a woman successfully fought off three hyenas which attempted to drag away her three year old son into the forest. Another Maasai woman braved a fight with a grown up male leopard which mauled her savagely last month.

And last week, two Maasai Morans were mailed by a lion they were trying to kill as part of their cultural initiation into manhood.. The two Maasai Morans are still being treated for their injuries at the Narok district hospital.


Tanzania: Creating Drought-Tolerant Maize

From: Yona Maro

In Morogoro, a drought-prone area in Tanzania, farmers are using certified maize seed and urging other farmers to grow a new drought tolerant variety, TAN250, which they say is like “an insurance against hunger and total crop failure, even under hot, dry conditions like those of recent years.”



Writes Leo Odera Omolo

A new partnership for African development (DEPAD) will this morning hold a two days meeting in Kenya, which is expected to finalize strategy aimed at improving returns for small scale players for the fishing industry across African Continent.

The meeting scheduled to be held in the Kenyan resort town of Naivasha about 100 kilometers from the capital Nairobi on today and tomorrow, is expected to agree on fisheries policy for Africa that will then be localized by individual countries on the continent.

The December 17 and 18 meeting aimed at incorporating the views of the small scale sector and fishing dependent communities and generate a shared vision on a Pan-African strategy to guide exploitation of a gigantic resources. The meeting brings together policy makers, government representatives and non-state outers from across the continent.

The strategy expected to boost the management the fishing industry that for long been neglected.

The meeting is expected to finalize the Pan-African strategy is critical for once approved by stakeholders at the second conference of African Ministers of Fisheries and Africa culture (CAMFA), scheduled to be held in February 2014.

The strategy is expected to boost the management of Fishing industry that has long been neglected, according to NEPAD and African Union Interactrican Bureau on Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) statement.

A recent United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) state of Fisheries and aquaculture report noted that many fisheries in Africa are characterized by weak management system and threatened by over-exploitation in situation has gradually worsened since 1974 eroding initial successes seen in fisheries projects and turning them to failures.

The meeting is part of the wider efforts following the comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Progarmme which was endorsed by the African Heads of State and Government in Maputo Mozambique in 2003 as a framework for Agriculture – economic development.

Despite the potential of the fishing Industry in Africa it has largely been sidelined in the National Development Plans of many African Countries and players still use old fishing methods giving them original returns and at the same time causing damage to the breeding grounds for fish.

The statement adds that the meeting will respond directly to the CAMEA resolution urging African member states to urgently incline small scale fisheries their natural strategies.


Financial Inclusion for a Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Africa – New publication

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

A new publication released today by the Complex of the Chief Economist of the African Development Bank

TUNIS, Tunisia, December 10, 2013/ — A new publication, Financial Inclusion in Africa, released today by the Complex of the Chief Economist of the African Development Bank (AfDB) ( finds that for sustained and inclusive development to thrive, a great deal of innovation is needed to ensure that appropriate financial services and instruments are put in place for the benefit of the poor and other vulnerable groups in Africa.

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The publication is edited by Thouraya Triki and Issa Faye from the African Development Bank’s Research Department. It brings together a wealth of knowledge on financial inclusion from experts and practitioners from the broader development community, including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Alliance for Financial Inclusion, Overseas Development Institute, Inter-American Development Bank Group, Dalberg and AfDB.

The publication describes the multi-faceted nature of financial inclusion through a compilation of chapters that approach the topic from different perspectives. “We sought to cover different groups that have been historically underserved or unserved by formal financial institutions including small and medium enterprises, women, rural areas and agriculture, and fragile states,” explained Issa Faye, Division Manager at the Research Department of the AfDB.

The book is structured around three main parts. The first part lays the theoretical foundation for the subsequent analyses by explaining the multifaceted aspect of financial inclusion and how to measure it. The second part looks at some transformational mechanisms and approaches designed to serve the underserved while the third part discusses strategic issues such as the relationship between financial stability and inclusion, the potential transformative role of technology and the role of Development Finance Institutions.

The publication draws on recent data collection efforts made by the development community to document the state of financial inclusion in Africa. “Thanks to these new datasets, we were able to rigorously analyse financial inclusion for different segments of the population, users groups, and sub-regions. Such exercise was not possible until recently,” said Thouraya Triki, Chief Country Economist at the AfDB.

The findings and policy recommendations provided by this publication are aimed to inform the current discussions on the state, the opportunities and challenges for accelerating financial inclusion on the continent.

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Guidelines for the Design, Construction and Operation of Water and Sewerage Systems

From: Yona Maro

Department of Environment and Conservation of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada has published a comprehensive guideline for design, construction and operation of water and sewer systems in their province. The purpose of the guidelines is to enable design of municipal water supply, treatment, and distribution systems and wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal systems in their province. Though some of the aspects may specifically suit their province, the guidelines offer comprehensive overview of the water supply and sewerage systems from inception to completion and maintenance. These guidelines can be used to improve and plan water supply and sewerage systems in the Urban Local Bodies.

The guidelines incorporate new guidelines in water and sewer industry, instrumentation & control, operator training, occupational health & safety aspects. It provides general guidance on good engineering practices for design, construction, operation and maintenance aspects of water and sewerage systems.


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Africa Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development: Schneider Electric’s BipBop access to energy program doubly recognized

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

Africa Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development: Schneider Electric’s BipBop access to energy program doubly recognized

Two projects developed by Schneider Electric in the context of BipBop, its access to energy program, were selected from the 100 projects presented

PARIS, France, December 5, 2013/ — Schneider Electric ( announces that two projects in its BipBop (1) access to energy program have been chosen to participate in the “Africa Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development” taking place in Paris on 4 and 5 December 2013. This forum was initiated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prompted by the Deputy Minister responsible for Development, Pascal Canfin, in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD).


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The “Africa Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development” aims to highlight innovative concrete examples and practical solutions on a national or local scale, in such varied fields as health, the environment, agriculture and food safety, education and new technology. In addition to the entrepreneurial nature and economic viability of these innovations, their contributions to sustainable development and their social and environmental dimensions will be recognized. The event follows on from the Development and international solidarity forums, closed on March 1st 2012 by the French President. It is evidence of France’s support, via the AFD Group, for the promotion of innovative sustainable development in Africa.

Two projects developed by Schneider Electric in the context of BipBop, its access to energy program, were selected from the 100 projects presented:

– “Energy and Microfinance” project in Cameroon – Sponsored by the PAMIGA (Participatory Microfinance Group for Africa) association, in collaboration with Schneider Electric and the MIFED in Cameroon, this project consists of offering micro-credit solutions in rural and urban areas to finance the purchase of solar solutions. Such schemes can boost the economic development of individual tradesmen and small businesses. Schneider Electric provides solutions which meet the needs identified by microfinance institutions (MFIs) and uses its local partners (distributors, integrators, installers) to assure the customers of these MFIs of the availability of these affordable solutions, combined with a quality service. The customers of these MFIs are offered two types of credit: “light” credits which offer low-energy solar lighting systems; and “energy” credits, designed to provide solar solutions suitable for the needs of an income-generating activity. This project has also been initiated in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

– The decentralized rural electrification project at Abu Monkar in Egypt – This Schneider Electric project paved the way for development of the first solar power plant built in the Egyptian province of New Valley. The solar power plant at Abu Monkar, built more than 75 miles from the nearest grid, delivers 108 kWh/day, enough to meet all the village’s basic needs (school, mosque, homes, etc.). Schneider Electric also trains the residents of Abu Monkar to ensure optimal operation and maintenance of the power plant.

“The strength of the BipBop program relies on the combination between the R&D capabilities of Schneider Electric and the engagement of our local employees who all know perfectly their own countries’ problematic and ecosystems. Answering the rural energy challenge is key both for the continent’s economical development and for the people who directly benefit from light, from a better agriculture, education or healthcare. It is an exciting challenge and I think all our employees who made these two BipBop projects happen can be very honored and proud to see their efforts recognized by the French government”, states Mohammed Saad, President of Schneider Electric in Africa.

In the context of the Forum, René Pierrot Ekoé, Sustainable Development Engineer at Schneider Electric Cameroon and sponsor of the “Energy and Microfinance” project, was selected with 20 other project sponsors to speak on 5 December 2013 and share the Group’s ideas on best practice.

(1) Acronym for Business and Innovation for the People at the Base Of the Pyramid

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Clean Kenya @ 50; an Invitation

From: odhiambo okecth

Dear Friends and Partners.

Listen up and kindly read this.

When we launched The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign in September 2010 in Nairobi, we went against all the grain and we are happy with the success story we recorded for the 1st Circle of The Clean Kenya Campaign- TCKC.

L-R; Cllr Charles Atula- Chairman Environment Department, Ms Petronila Nafula- CCNSET, Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa- Mayor of Nairobi, Odhiambo T Oketch- TCKC and Eng Christine Ogut- Director Environment Department during the launch of Clean up Nairobi Initiative on 18th September 2010 in Eastleigh

We chose not to respond to any call for proposals and instead, opted to invite support and partnership from those who believed we were doing the right thing. And we got this beyond our imagination. Men, Women and Institutions came forward and we are happy we all jointly made The 1st Circle of The Clean Kenya Campaign a success.

We were also far more impressed by the voluntary response and participation from many Kenyans in the Towns that we visited- Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisii, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nyeri, Naivasha and Kiambu.

L-R; Mr. Bilafif-The Director of Environment- Municipal Council of Mombasa, Hon Amason Kingi- the Minister for Fisheries Development and Odhiambo T Oketch during the official launch of the Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign on 20th Feb 2011 at Mackinon Market in Mombasa

It was the same story everywhere we went; many people enthusiastically joining with us to help make some change. And the response from the Government and the Municipal Councils was equally great. They came with working tools and equipment besides their staff members also joining with us. The Corporates were not left behind- some donated working tools which we promptly gave to the Councils.

We must also appreciate the many political leaders who joined with us. We have noted that the Governors have energized the process and now, it is time to join up with them.

Even though The 1st Circle of The Clean Kenya Campaign was by and large a success story, we had our low moments when mercenaries on hire berated us. But we took those in our strides and soldiered on. We also had severe financial challenges to effectively run the Campaign the best way we wanted. But still, we must appreciate our Partners who ensured the work was done. We want to make special mention of The Public Service Transformation Department, Akiba Uhaki Foundation, A Better World/SOFDI, Phoenix Aviation and the many more who joined with us. You are our heroes.

Odhiambo T Oketch sharing the problem in Eldoret with Hon William Ruto and other Local Leaders during the Launch of The Clean-ups in Eldoret in May 2011 at Huruma Grounds

We are launching The 2nd Circle of The Clean Kenya Campaign and it is going to be exciting, informative and educative. We want to roll out our experience with the 1st Campaign and work for results within 11 Months.

We want to also address those areas that did not give us structured strength. We are starting by forming an Organizing Committee that will be broad based. We will have our 1st meeting at the Nema Offices in Nairobi at Nyayo House on the 3rd Dec and the rest will follow in an organized manner.

Secondly, we are reaching out to all those who gave us support in the 1st Circle and to all new Partners so that we can structure our support and partnership for The 2nd Circle. This will help us plan for the 11 Monthly Campaigns we are going to organize for the next 11 Months.

Nyeri Mayor Cllr Edward Muteru leading by example in Nyeri during our Campaign there in August 2011

We are motivated by the experience we have gathered from across the World. Such Campaigns are supported by a Team of Dedicated Friends who offer their Financial Support on a Structured Monthly Basis. We are hence inviting Two Categories of Structured Members;

a] Individuals

Gold Members of TCKC- Those who will enroll at Kshs 2,000.00 and above per Month

Silver Members of TCKC- Those who will enroll at between Kshs 1,000.00 and Kshs 1,999.00 PM

Bronze Members of TCKC- Those who will enroll at between Kshs 5,00.00 and Kshs 999.00 PM

b] Corporate and Institutions- We will reach out to these Partners and work on some Structured Partnership/

All those who would like to support us can reach us through our Barclays Bank of Kenya Mpesa Pay Bill No. 303030 payable to our Account No. 082 152 5543. Or still, you may call the under signed for details.

The 2nd Circle of The Clean Kenya Campaign will be led by;

Mr. Odhiambo T Oketch- Executive Director

Mr. Daniel Moi- Finance and Administration Manager,

Ms Winnie Gikonyo- Project Manager- Mobilization and Registration

Mr. Chris Sunday- Project Manager- Environmental Management, and

Ms Anne Elizabeth Cook- Head- Strategy and Planning, and

The Organizing Committee

All Kenyans are invited to help by keeping their immediate neighbourhoods clean

Mmmmm. The Clean Kenya @ 50 is going to cover 11 Villages in Nairobi and it is going to be real transformative.

Odhiambo T Oketch,
Executive Director,
The Clean Kenya Campaign-TCKC,
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel; +254 724 365 557,
Mailing List;
The Clean Kenya Campaign is an Initiative of KCDN Kenya

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

African Development Bank (AfDB)


From: Abdalah Hamis

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Your Excellency Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland;

Your Excellency Mr. Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General;

Excellencies Heads of State and Government;

His Excellencies John Asha, President of the United Nation General Assembly;

Honourable Marcin Korolec, Minister for the Environment of Poland and COP 19/CMP9 President;

Honourable Ministers;

Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;

Distinguished Delegates;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

I sincerely thank you Mr. Prime Minister and the people of Poland for the warmth of reception and gracious hospitality accorded to me and my delegation since our arrival in this beautiful city of Warsaw. On behalf of African Heads of State and Government who I represent here today, I wish to express our deepest appreciation to your Excellency and your esteemed Government for a job very well done of hosting and organising this Conference so well. We congratulate Poland for assuming the Presidency of COP 19/CMP 9 and pledge our full support and cooperation.

Allow me also to commend the State of Qatar for the good work done at COP 18/CMP 8 and during the intervening period to this meeting. In a very special way I would like to pay special tribute to my predecessor the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for the wonderful job he did representing the views of our dear continent, Africa. I will try to do my level best to ensure that his legacy lives on.

Furthermore, we express our deepest sorrow and condolences to the people of the Philippines and Vietnam for loss of lives and property caused by the recent devastating typhoon. It speaks volumes about the urgency of taking appropriate measures to deal with climate change. Otherwise there will be more end even worse disasters now and in future.

Mr. President,

It is an open secret that climate change poses one of the biggest threats to humanity’s well being and its very existence. Africa suffers more than any other continent on this planet. Africa displays a wider range and diversity of challenges and adversities caused by climate change. The sad thing is Africa suffers so much, despite having the smallest carbon footprints. Africa’s per capita emission is, on average, less than 1 ton per annum. And, with our current growth rate, our per capita emission is not likely to exceed 2 tons, by 2030.

Mr. President;

Africa does not want to be on the receiving end with regard to climate change and its effects. We have been taking measures both policy and otherwise to respond to the needs for mitigation and adaptation. Unfortunately we are constrained in terms of limited financial resources technology and skills. I would like to use this opportunity to make two humble appeals. Fortunately they are not new. First, making available adequate, sustainable and predictable financial resources, transfer of technology on concessional basis, establishment of modalities for financing Green Climate Fund (GCF). We also call for equitable opportunities in carbon trade.

UNEP Adaptation Gap Technical Report shows that in a below 2°C warming pathway, adaptation costs in Africa is estimated to be USD 35 billion per year by the 2040s and USD 200 billion per year by the 2070s.Going by experience, these resources are unlikely to be realized. For example, over the last three years, the financial pledges made have not been met. Also, over 70 percent of what has been delivered, has gone towards addressing mitigation than adaptation. And much of it has gone to more advanced developing countries than Africa.

This must change if we really want to move forward. We need a Convention Framework that recognizes the vulnerability of African States and address their limited capacity in mitigation and adaption.

Mr. President,

The second appeal is about the Framework continuing to embody the principle of “Polluter pays and that of common but differentiated responsibilities”. This is important because it is in the interest of all countries, those in the Kyoto Protocol and those outside it to increase their carbon reduction ambition targets. Our position in Africa is that developed countries should pluck-up political will and take appropriate action to reduce Green House Gases (GHGs) by between 25 percent and 40 percentby 2020 and by between 80 percent and 95 percent by 2050 below 1990 levels in line with the recommendation of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In this regard, we urge all parties to ratify the Doha Amendments for the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol.


It is heart warming indeed, to note that many African countries are already making serious efforts to reduce green house emissions besides contribution to mitigation and adaptation. Besides putting in place national climate change policies, and strategies that provide the financial technological and capacity needs to address climate change we have set aside millions of hectares of land as forest reserves and national parks that are sequestering carbon dioxide emissions produced elsewhere.

We know, also that a lot of efforts have been made and continue to be made to address the devastating effects of climate change at the global scale, and a lot of progress is being made as well. However, much more remains and needs to be done. The world looks to this COP 19/CMP 9 to take bold decisions to advance the cause of fighting for the wellbeing of this planet we all call home. This meeting provides us with anotheropportunity to renew our commitment to addressing the threats. We should rise to these expectations without failure. It is our humble view in Africa that a successful outcome here at Warsaw will be an important milestone in our journey to Peru next year and ultimately, to Paris in 2015 where we must ensure that we get a new legally binding agreement. Failure to succeed at Paris will be heartbreaking indeed.

Mr. President;

Specifically at this meeting Africa would like to go home with consensus on the seven key areas of discussion and negotiation:-

1. You will agree on the institutional arrangement to address loss and damage due to climate change.

2. You will agree on the institution to administer forest related activities. An institution for ensuring and supervising financial support to developing countries to deal with issues related to REDD+ should be agreed.

3. We hope you will agree on reporting mechanisms and guidelines which will allow monitoring of actions to reduce emissions in developed countries.

4. Elements and framework on how developed countries will increase their emission reduction ambitions need to be elaborated.

5. There is an urgent need for Green Climate Fund to be capitalized. It is an empty shell at the moment. We must ensure that its coffers are adequately filled. Also, you must agree on how the promised USD 100 billion annually by 2020 will be realised and disbursed.

6. The Climate Technology Centre and Network should ensure mechanism to address barriers related technology transfer, including the issue of intellectual property rights are addressed.

7. At this COP we also need to ensure that elements for increased emission reduction ambitions are agreed.

Mr. President;

Let me end by reiterating that Africa welcomes the United Nations Secretary General’s call for a Leader’s Summit in 2014. We hope that the Warsaw Outcome will address the way forward in implementation of the Doha Gateway, including access to finance, technology transfer and an inclusive roadmap with clear commitment in all areas at COP 20 in Lima, Peru and a meaningful agreement at COP 21 in Paris.

Africa looks forward to constructive engagements and successful conclusions of the conference.

I thank you all for your attention.

Climate change in Africa: AfDB excels as premiere institution financing low carbon development in Africa – Report

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

AfDB excels as premiere institution financing low carbon development in Africa – Report

The AfDB mobilized US $1.7 billion of climate mitigation finance – more than any other development institution on the continent – in 2012

TUNIS, Tunisia, November 15, 2013/ — Multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided almost US $27 billion worldwide, in financing to address the challenges of climate change in 2012, according to the second joint MDB report on climate finance ( The report was released today, in line with the commitment by MDBs to enhance the transparency of their investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation.


The report analyzes the financial commitments by the institutions to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the information provided has been expanded since the first edition to include better sectoral and regional breakdowns of MDB financing.

Of the total US $27 billion in climate finance, 78 per cent – or over US $21 billion – was dedicated to mitigation, while 22 per cent – or nearly US $6 billion – was applied to adaptation. Of the total commitments, eight per cent – or US $2 billion – came from external resources, such as bilateral or multilateral donors, including the Global Environment Facility ( and the Climate Investment Funds (

In terms of regional coverage, Sub-Saharan Africa received almost equal amounts of adaptation and mitigation finance, 31% of total adaptation finance and eight per cent of total mitigation finance, respectively, or US $1.8 billion under each area. Responding to the specific needs of African countries, the AfDB ( mobilized US $1.7 billion of climate mitigation finance – more than any other development institution on the continent – in 2012. This financing will mostly go toward addressing the infrastructural deficit on the continent, largely in the energy sector. The Bank is responding to the need of African nations to diversify their energy sources and increase the level of energy security across the continent by prioritizing investments in clean and renewable energy sources.

Regarding adaptation finance, the AfDB has established itself as the leading provider of climate adaptation finance on the African continent, where for every one dollar of external financing mobilized the AfDB has also contributed over six dollars of its own resources.

From 2011 to 2012 the AfDB increased its climate finance levels by 50 per cent and while climate finance represented 20 per cent of the Banks’ total lending in 2011 it represented roughly 34 per cent of the Banks’ total lending in 2012.

Speaking of the AfDB’s commitments in climate change as reflected in the climate finance levels, Mafalda Duarte, Chief Climate Change Specialist of the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, said “We are very proud of our increasing contribution to the momentum being built up in Africa towards development embedded with climate action. In 2012, we have committed US $2.2 billion worth of investments to climate smart development in Africa through financing to be provided for programs in renewable energy, resilient rural, coastal and forest landscapes, and globally scalable knowledge on low-carbon and climate resilient solutions. This is a record we hope to improve upon to better serve African countries and to further cement our position as the premiere African development institution.”

The report can be downloaded here:

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


The report was prepared by a group of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) comprising the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Media contacts:

Ian Hamilton

Penelope Pontet de Fouquieres

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 29 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:

African Development Bank (AfDB)


Writes Leo Odera Omolo

KISUMU City has lost its old glory, credibility and reputation as one of the cleanest towns in Kenya and is now soaking in filthiness with waste paper littered everywhere.

Refuse collection is something of the past. Rubbish is heaped in almost every street giving stinking smell. Brief walks through the Central Business District {CBD} confirm that the town is in a total mess if not neglect. Street lights go off quite often giving leeway to gangs of criminal elements to harass pedestrians walking home.

Petty kiosks are mushrooming everywhere wherever there is a small piece of land space, and most of these kiosks turns out to be the hideout for criminal thugs.

The shortage of water is one of the most worrying subjects, which the residents have to contend with. This is so despite of the fact that the beautiful City stands next to the eastern shoreline of Lake Victoria.

The current pathetic situation, according to residents is being attributed to the recent change of the town’s administration from the former Municipal Council to the County government under the new devolution brought about by the new constitution.

The County government is being accused for having allegedly removed nearly all the former chief officers of the defunct municipality and replaced them with ex-civil servants former NGO”s employees with no experience for managing an urban centre of Kisumu size.

Members of the Kisumu County assembly are said to have developed the love for frequent flight to foreign capitals, holding of endless seminars and workshops with no bearing to the services to the people. Upon their returns from such fruitless trips the County leaders goes home quietly without briefing the residents about the experience and new methods gained from such trip. The residents see such foreign trips as the sources of money minting and fleecing the county resources.

Car Washings is the latest most booming business in Kisumu, an those This is where NEMA stands accused of sleeping on its duties and mandate of ensuring that such businesses are conducted in an environmental friendly manner.

The town is also experiencing frequent sewerage blockade. At time sewerage bursts goes unrepaired for weeks while spilling dirty waters through the residential estates. Fears now persist that should there be an outbreak of cholera epidemic many people will would suffer. The town has the history of experiencing of frequent outbreaks, especially during the heavy rain seasons.

Members of the County cabinet or executive are mostly ex-civil servants and men and women from Diasporas whose qualification cannot be verified, but are known top be related or friendly to the top officials. Many interviewed residents see the current members of the County executive as spent forces which could not turn the City around to reclaim its old glory.

Traffic signs are nowhere to warn motorists of the danger ahead., and motorists now drivers their vehicles anywhere because most of the roads in the City center had no warning sign such as one way traffic, major road ahead etc, and now wonder there is sharp increases of cases whereby frequent head-ob collision between motorists and motorbike riders.

Matatu drivers, particularly those operating ferrying passengers from the town’s center to places like Kondele and Manyatta peri urban areas often stop anywhere in the middle of the roads while picking up passengers. This includs round-abouts. There are matatu terminals in every street whereas the town’s by-laws requires Matatu to pick up passengers in designated spots including the main bus terminal. At time these vehicles stops just in the middle of round-about, even during busy hours. Disaster is in the waiting, but this could be avoided if the town\ administration could collaborate well with police traffic section in Kisumu to ensure that no vehicle is allowed to pick up passengers at the round-about.

Kisumu Town Clerk Christopher Rungana could not be reached for his immediate comment. The County governor Jack Ranguma was nowhere to be reached for comments.

Residents fear that the City might not succeed in attracting investors. No sensible investor would risk his money investing in a town where there is inadequate basic services such as water supplies and town street lights.

It appears as if the refuse collection gangs previously working for the Municipality have been disbanded and the business of reuse collection contracted to private businesses.


Kenya to Host the Regional Youth Green Growth Forum from 2nd-5th December 2013.

From: George Ndungu


From 2nd-5th December 2013, young people will gather in the UN Complex Gigiri, Nairobi, for the Regional Youth Green Growth Forum 2013. Convened by the Organization of African Youth, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and partners, the main objective of the forum is to provide a platform for young people to learn, share and identify tools to foster inclusive green growth in Africa and build partnerships to put the tools into practice in their work.

Under theme, “Harnessing the Potential of Youth as Partners for Inclusive Green Growth and Climate Resilience,” the forum will unleash the potential of young people and provide them with knowledge and skills to enable them drive the sustainable development agenda in their various communities.

We will have three days of learning, dialogue and sharing best practices on 2nd-4th. On 5th we will join the UNV to celebrate the International Day of Volunteers in community activities. With the support of our partners, we have been able to reduce the participation fee to the minimum possible as follows:

Kenyans = $50
African Region =$100
International =$150.

We believe this will enable more young people to attend this life-changing event. The participation fee will cover the costs of the delegates lunch & tea, local transport and conference materials.

For those who have already registered, we are in the process of sending to you the fee payment methods. Kindly note we will only be able to send you an official invitation letter after we receive confirmation of your payment. All delegates are responsible for their own travel to and fro and accommodation during the stay in Nairobi. We will send logistical information to all delegates with more details

For those not yet registered and planning to attend the event, we have extended the deadline for registration to 15th November 2013. We will get in touch immediately after receiving your details Here is the link to the registration form:

For any enquiries you can contact the conference secretariat using email:

If your organization would love to sponsor a delegate or become an official partner: you can contact the organizers using

Also like the event facebook page for real time updates:

We look forward to welcoming you all in Nairobi.


George Ndungu,
Secretary for International Affairs and Kenya Chairperson.
Organisation of African Youth (
African Youth Representative for Rio+20.
Convener: African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda

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