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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Malawi Prays for Flood Victims

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African Economic Giants Awakening from Slumber

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.

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  • 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.

  • Rethinking Global Commitment on Development Issues

    By Cucu Wesseh

    Aid being tied to the purchase of goods and services to the donor country increases overall costs by 25%. Moreover, most donors channel aid through NGOs from within their own countries. This has major consequences in ensuring sustainable development in the global South.

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