Climate Change in Africa: Copenhagen and Beyond
Affected by climate change: smallholder agriculture in Uganda
October 12, 2010 - East Africa prepares to adapt to climate change. Three studies - on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - provide information on policies, institutions and actors addressing adaptation issues and identify governance challenges in climate change adaptation in the region. more»
Global Climate Politics in the Congo Basin: Unprecedented Opportunity or High-risk Gamble?January 20, 2010 - The destruction of tropical forests contributes 15-20% to the greenhouse gas emissions generated by human activity. Initiatives to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) are widely considered vital to mitigate climate change. However, they carry considerable risks, if not designed properly. Korinna Horta more»
Perspectives: The Quarterly Newsletter from HBF's Africa Offices
October 29, 2010 - On October 04, 2010, a pink closet set up on the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus as part of the ‘Pink Week’ awareness campaign was torched after being on display for just a few hours. more»
#3.10 Perspectives: The Challenges of Change - Improving Resource Governance in AfricaJuly 23, 2010 - This issue of Perspectives sheds light on successes and challenges of various multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at improving resource governance in Africa - namely the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme in Zimbabwe, the Nigerian Extractive Industries Initiative, and the Publish What You Pay Coalition in Tanzania. more»
Extractive Resources in Eastern Africa
Web Dossier
July 22, 2010 - This dossier contains references to publicly available information on extractive resources and their exploitation in the Eastern Africa / Horn of Africa region. more»
Mining in Tanzania: Status and ChallengesNovember 11, 2009 - Tanzania’s mining sector has grown rapidly in recent years. A new study provides background information on the industry, its impacts, and the legal and political environment of its operation. It argues for a joint effort of all stakeholders to overcome typical challenges of the extractive resource industry in Africa, in order to make Tanzania the “best performer in her class”. More»
October 6, 2010 - It is not often that people, or a country, get opportunity to overhaul their governing system and to do it peaceably. Kenya is one of the few that have done it but the road to that success was long, rugged, and occasionally violent. Professor Macharia Munene more»
Women and Political Leadership in Kenya: Ten Case StudiesSeptember 30, 2010 - Despite global advances recognizing the principle of women’s political, economic and social equality, Kenyan women continue to be marginalized in many areas of society, especially in the sphere of leadership and decision making. Nyokabi Kamau more»
Usipoziba Ufa Utajenga Ukuta: Land, Elections, and Conflicts in Kenya’s Coast Province May 3, 2010 - The large-scale violence that erupted in Kenya after the controversial 27th December 2007 general elections was no single major explosion. Different parts of the country were affected in very different ways. While many parts of Kenya were burning, the Coast Province remained relatively calm, despite the longstanding history of socio-political tension and even violent conflict in this part of the country. Mwandawiro Mghanga, with an introduction by Axel Harneit-Sievers more»
The Maize Subsector in Kenya: Mending the GranaryMay 25, 2010 - As against last year, Kenya's food security outlook has much improved, due to good off-season rains in January and February, and an early onset of the long rains in March. However, fundamental reforms in the agricultural sector remain as necessary as ever. Booker Owuor more»
Maize, The Troubled Subsector: Is Our Path Worthwhile?October 9, 2009 - Maize as the staple food of Kenya is in trouble - both at production and marketing levels. The Government of Kenya has introduced subsidies to reduce high maize prices, with limited success so far. Expansion of irrigation for food production is under way. Reforms of the National Cereals and Produce Board are needed. 
Booker Owuor more»
China - African Relations
February 23, 2009 - China's role in Africa has rapidly grown in recent years. A dialogue between Chinese experts on Africa and African civil society organizations discussed opportunities and concerns in the Sino-African relationship and explored possibilities for engagement and advocacy work. more»
May 3, 2010 - As the six-year transitional period defined in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement draws to a close, Sudan is sliding into another crisis. The Heinrich Böll Foundation, which has been working both with civil society partners in Sudan and on Sudan-related issues in the German context for several years, has put together this publication in order to reflect on such scenarios. With contributions by Alex de Waal, Atta El-Battahani, Marina Peter, John Yoh, Roland Marchal, and Peter Schumann. more»
Conference: "The Great Transformation - Greening The Economy"
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Impact of the New Constitution on Political Party Organizing: Prospects for Effective Women’s Political Participation
with Hon. Rose Waruhiu, and Prof. Macharia Munene
Gender Forum, 30th September 2010

Implementing the new Constitution: Expectations and Impediments for Gender Equality
with Njoki Ndungu (former nominated MP) and Kamotho Waiganjo
Gender Forum, 26th August 2010

Lest We Forget: Reflecting on the original impetus for a new constitutional order
with Prof. Yash Pal Ghai and others
Gender Forum, 29th July 2010

The Kadhi’s Courts Controversy: Debating the (Mis)conceptions
with Abdalla Murshid, Maimuna Mwidau and Bishop Abarijah Kinoga
Gender Forum, 24th June 2010

Myths and Facts about the Proposed Constitution
with Harun Ndubi and Peter Kariuki
Gender Forum, 27th May 2010

The Maize Subsector in Kenya: Mending the Granary
Expert Roundtable with Booker Owuor and others
Ecology Forum, 13th May 2010

Saving the Mother; Saving the Child; Saving the Constitution:

Evaluating Article 26 of the Draft Constitution on the Right to Life
with Prof. Joseph Karanja; Judy Thongori; Rev. David Oginde; Anne Mbugua; and Alice Wahome.
Gender Forum, 29th April 2010

Usipoziba Ufa Utajenga Ukuta:
Land, Elections and Conflict in Kenya's Coast Province
Book Launch, with Mwandawiro Mghanga
Mombasa, 22nd April 2010

Beijing +15: Deliberations on the 54th CSW
with a special emphasis on women's political participation
Gender Forum, 25th March 2010

What has Changed? An Update on the Constitutional Review Process
with Grace Maingi – Kimani, Catherine Mumma, and Kamotho Waiganjo
Gender Forum, 25th February 2010

Reviewing the Copenhagen Climate Conference: Which Way Forward?
Ecology Forum, 21st January 2010

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