How Free is Free Education in Kenya & Uganda?



Though universal primary education (UPE) is deemed free, there are several hidden costs which make the programme not absolutely free and at times out of reach for poor parents.

In Kenya and Uganda, there have been cases where students had to buy a bag of cement, toilet papers and brooms for their school. In some cases students who fail to make book donations to school are sent away. Read More

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Domiciliary Care for the Elderly in Romania: A Social Dilemma

By Luciana Grosu
Being old in Romania often equals being poor. Romania’s population is younger compared to other EU countries, nevertheless, it is aging rapidly.
There are indeed elderly people who die of hunger, alone in their homes. We often hear about such cases, but there’s not much we can do about it”, admits Lisei Maria.

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    By Winston Mwale
    Leaders from 26 East and Southern African countries are meeting in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe to make final touches to an agreement that may see the formation of what could prove to be Africa’s largest free trade area.The proposed Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) is touted to improve the economic and social welfare of the citizens of the COMESA-EAC-SADC region.

  • A Forgotten Conflict in a Forgotten Region: Western Sahara and its 9 Million Landmines

    By Adil Khan

    The Western Sahara dispute is ‘one of the world’s least reported crises’. For almost 40 years a forgotten conflict has ensued in a forgotten region. Contested by Morocco and the rebel organisation known as the Polisario Front, it is the cause of ethnic tensions, a diaspora, and a terrain contaminated with 9 million landmines. Will this conflict be allowed to continue, or will the international community intervene?

  • The International Aid Agenda and Cuban Internationalism

    The golden age of aid seems to be in jeopardy; perhaps what is needed is a revolution in the system of aid delivery. And what better country  to look to for revolutionary inspiration than Cuba?By taking a leaf out of Cuba’s book, the focus of the Western aid system could be shifted towards sustainability.

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