Nairobi, a world-class city of commerce, culture and contrasts, is energized by a growing and demanding middle class. Pulsating with the creativity and aspirations of a youthful population, Kenya's dense regional cities are also gaining economic momentum. Kenyan runners are helping to make this happen.
Edward Jackson is an Ottawa-based university professor, management consultant and author. His blogging interests include progressive politics, local economic development, social capital markets, higher education, program evaluation, gender equality, China, Africa, aid policy, jazz, travel, fitness and sports. He can be reached at Edward.Jackson@carleton.ca Follow @EdwardTJackson on Twitter.
Forget Gates and Zuckerberg. These young philanthropists do things on the ground, using their celebrity and foundations to battle hunger and disease, and expand access to education and sports, among an array of social causes.
02/05/2016 12:33 EST
The pre-election debate on improving the Canada Pension Plan is important and overdue. Despite the Harper government's reluctance, there is a broad consensus that, as a national newspaper said recently, "raising mandatory CPP contribution rates and boosting future payouts are the most prudent, most effective and least costly fix." But that's not enough.
06/16/2015 12:34 EDT
with the activities of its charities section having been so thoroughly politicized by the Harper government, we can no longer call the CRA an effective instrument of public policy. Its campaign of vexatious audits of the political activities of progressive charities represents has created a chill in political dissent, and is a new low even for the Conservative regime.
07/25/2014 05:38 EDT
Living while being gay still gets you killed in many parts of the world. Pulsing with hate, powered by bigotry, mobs have brutally attacked and killed fellow citizens solely because the sexual orientation of their victims differed from that of the majority. In hostile settings it makes sense for minority groups to join together in common businesses, networks and programs. There is some safety in numbers. There is also economic leverage.
09/12/2012 05:04 EDT
Only days ago, under the Black Star of African emancipation, John Dramani Mahama spoke these words when he was sworn in as President of Ghana after the unexpected death of his predecessor, John Evans Atta Mills, aged 68. the country is heading into a presidential election only six months from now. What Ghana does next matters to the citizens of the Republic. It matters to the African continent. And it matters to the world.
07/31/2012 03:53 EDT
In the 30 years between 2020 and 2050, coping with stepped up economic incursions and acquisitiveness by China could well become the prime function of the Canadian state on almost every important policy front.
02/13/2012 05:42 EST
I played junior hockey and grew up in the traditional culture of the sport. And I want the NHL to ban all fighting -- any time, everywhere, forever. However, the owners want to maintain fighting as part of the game. And their enforcers will continue to die young.
12/11/2011 12:50 EST
To what extent is a given budget cut driven by ideology? The introduction of the omnibus crime bill and the elimination of the gun registry are red meat tossed to the Conservatives' electoral base. What other programs will need to go in order to satisfy this core constituency?
12/06/2011 10:37 EST
Today, veterans are coming back to a country that never really suffered during the war. Forget those elegant, top-down accounts of the noble victories of commanders. For the military employees who actually do the fighting on the ground, war is horrific beyond imagination. And the horror is coming home.
08/03/2011 08:04 EDT
The celebrities' call to action on the famine in Somalia is welcome, but the bottom line is that these countries need sustained economic growth. Such strategies are not without risks, however. Businesses must not be permitted to abuse human rights. Foreign investment must not undermine sovereignty.
07/27/2011 08:59 EDT
Derek, if you think 3,000 hits is an achievement (and of course it is!), try helping 30,000 young people to stay away from drugs and become leaders in their communities. That's really changing the bigger game.
07/15/2011 12:26 EDT
Though the movement faces menacing, mutating challenges everywhere, global feminism -- I'm talking about today's 2.0 version -- is a dynamic force driven by passion. This is heavy lifting. It requires focus, strength, resilience, and commitment to a larger, shared goal.
07/10/2011 06:41 EDT
Discrimination takes the form of harsh anti-lesbian talk that creates and sustains a climate of intolerance and fear. And in some countries, such discrimination can spark deadly violence and loss of life. Maybe Canada can contribute to this struggle, as it will host the 2015 Women's World Cup.
06/30/2011 11:54 EDT
We're seeing the beginning of a prolonged, multi-pronged attack on unionized workers by the Conservatives. Their anti-worker war machine is revving its engines. Sirens have sounded. The first missiles have been launched.
06/22/2011 02:10 EDT
Both winning teams were obviously close-knit and held each other accountable. They sacrificed their bodies, playing through an array of injuries. There was something else, though. The champions played with less hubris and more honour.
06/16/2011 11:14 EDT
Six emerging economies will account for more than half of global growth by 2025. But "emerging" is really a misnomer. These economies exercise their expanding power every day on every continent in every sector. The only thing "emerging" about them is how powerful they could become.
06/08/2011 09:20 EDT
The NDP needs to shift to a global frame as it tools up for its new role as official Opposition. In doing so, the party should consider five factors.
05/26/2011 08:06 EDT
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