We are witnesses to the surge of tech startup ecosystems in cities around the world, in both developed and developing countries. In my previous blog post, I showed this trend and the studies that…

Victor Mulas |

In Part 2 of this series, Mugo Kibati — former Director-General of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat — says that Kenya has been laying the groundwork for a "free market industrial…

Mugo Kibati |

In 2008, Kenya launched Vision 2030, aimed at transforming the country into a newly industrializing globally competitive middle-income economy.  In part one of this series, the JKP spoke with Mugo…

Mugo Kibati |

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), including mobile phones, are increasingly seen as critical tools to improve public health and health outcomes in Africa. Several experiments,…

Samia Melhem |

In rural Kenya, a small civil society group founded in 2009 by a few University of Nairobi recent graduates, Innovation Empowerment Programme (IEP), has been trying to economically empower low…

Moseri Mac Samuel |

Globally youth are, on average, nearly three times more likely to be unemployed than older adults. In South Africa this problem has been exacerbated by the global downturn. When the economy slowed…

Ingrid Woolard |

Governments around the world may struggle to expand job creation, but the need — and challenge — is all the greater in post-conflict and fragile states, which all too often feature high youth…

Mary Hallward-Driemeier |

At the end of 2012, infoDev released a study, conducted by iHub Research and Research Solutions Africa, looking at how mobile phones are being used by those at the economic base of the pyramid in…

Tim Kelly, Tonny Omwansa |

Kenya has high unemployment and under-employment, but the jobless rate for youth is much higher than that for adults. For that reason, a pilot project—part of the Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (…

Alice Githu |

In recent years, Kenya has turned to a new mobile phone-based money transfer service to reach out to the 85 percent of the total work force that isn't covered by a registered retirement plan…

Patricia Odera |