• Thirsty? So is Kenya’s growing economy

    Thirsty? So is Kenya’s growing economy

    Continued growth and investment in our country’s largest urban centres is placing an increasing strain on water and wastewater systems. For example, water supply in Nairobi today is estimated to be 20 percent below total demand. If current trends continue, this deficit is expected to be more than 60 percent by 2035. This supply-demand gap […]


  • Underwriting Africa’s future through Agriculture

    It is now widely recognized by experts and policy makers that agriculture will underwrite Africa’s promising growth prospects; that the dream of Africa rising can actually fly on the wings of the sector’s vast untapped potential across the continent. With 60 per cent of the world’s uncultivated arable land and low crop yields, the prediction […]


  • Opportunities for young leaders will favor the prepared

    Opportunities for young leaders will favor the prepared

    Earlier in the week, social media was awash with the news that Centum’s CEO is the best paid executive in Kenya. From the reactions I could tell that some people were stunned while others were motivated. But I also know that some dismissed the story as a fabrication to gain public relations (PR) value. The […]


  • Strategic Communications spicing political campaigns

    The campaign season is here with us. Increasingly, Kenya’s General Election slated for next year is showing signs that it will be very competitive. The sophistication that comes with electoral campaigning has also moved up a notch higher. In more ways than one, our polls also seem to be mirroring the American campaign pitting Hilary […]


  • Let’s work together to invest in Africa’s health

    Let’s work together to invest in Africa’s health

    At the turn of the millennium, Africa was hurtling down an incline towards a precipice. The 1990s had been labelled Africa’s “lost decade,” and for good reason. Besides declining economic growth, diseases were on the upswing. HIV, tuberculosis and malaria – some of the most devastating diseases facing our people were killing millions every year […]


  • Maintaining the momentum: Building on year one of the SDGs

    Maintaining the momentum: Building on year one of the SDGs

    One year ago, leaders of 193 countries came together to commit to ending poverty, combating climate change, and fighting injustice. They agreed a plan for the future of the world and its people. The plan – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, offers a better future for billions of people around the world and for […]


  • Real estate as a stock investment opportunity in Kenya

    Real estate as a stock investment opportunity in Kenya

    Given the popularity of real estate as an asset class around the world it is perhaps surprising that there are not more pure real estate firms listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. On closer inspection however, there are a number of those firms listed on the NSE which offer indirect exposure to real estate through […]


  • TICAD VI: An inclusive outcome that must be implemented

    TICAD VI: An inclusive outcome that must be implemented

    TICAD VI saw heightened activities as African leaders, civil society and other interested actors engaged with Japan on mutual areas of cooperation – engagements that led to the Nairobi Declaration. The Nairobi Declaration is hinged on three pillars: promoting structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialization; promoting resilient health systems for quality of life; […]