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Linking Local Aspirations to Global Frameworks for Sustainable Development

Sep 05, 2019

Linking Local Aspirations to Global Frameworks for Sustainable Development

Kenya is a global player in various international frameworks associated with the pressing national concerns such as the climate change and sustainable development. The government has its long-term development blueprint, the Vision 2030 which charts the country’s social, political and economic pathways to sustainable development.

Doctor’s Perspective: Importance of Trees on Human Health

Sep 05, 2019

Doctor’s Perspective: Importance of Trees on Human Health

The importance of trees on our health may sound a bit overrated but the brutal truth is that we can never survive without trees. Besides being a source of fruits which we eat every day as a source of vitamin C, trees have a great positive impact on the climate. They provide oxygen to the environment hence enhancing the quality of air. This is in addition to other benefits such as soil and water conversation, as well as climate amelioration.

Is your Business Investor Ready?

Aug 14, 2019

Is your Business Investor Ready?

Nearly every business is looking for financing. There is always a need to expand the production capacity in various aspects. A huge disconnect however exists between the enterprises and the financial institutions. Businesses are looking for financing but investors indicate they are not finding appropriate businesses to put their money into. This then begs the question:  what has caused this disconnect and how can the gap between the demand and supply sides of investment be bridged?

Private Equity and Mezzanine Financing: Is it the answer to Kenya’s SME financing challenge?

Aug 08, 2019

Private Equity and Mezzanine Financing: Is it the answer to Kenya’s SME financing challenge?

The lack of access to finance is one of the most prevalent challenges entrepreneurs and business owners face. Due to the interest rate regulation, Kenyan banks are now much more selective, preferring to focus their efforts and credit on larger corporates which have good borrowing standing and the advantage to offer collaterals.

The Link; Climate Change and Wildfires

Aug 08, 2019

The Link; Climate Change and Wildfires

Fire was one of the first anthropogenic tool used by man and has been in existence for about 400 million years. Ever since, it has been an important factor contributing to the Earth’s climate and changes in the biomes. The question on whether fire has ecological benefits as a natural factor remains unsettled thus shaping the current global perception of epidemic wildfires of suppression.

Tackling Plastic Pollution

Jul 25, 2019

Tackling Plastic Pollution

At human convenience, we quench our thirst from home or office dispensers. We also at times prefer ‘take away’ beverages. In public gatherings, fast food outlets and coffee cafes, we get served using disposable cups and plates. It looks trendy, fashionable and offers a great sense of comfort. Oblivious of the fate of the packaging used, the habit has come to haunt us in the disguise of public waste. It is taunting us, the human littering species.

How much information do you have on your potential markets? Essentials of a Market needs assessment.

Jul 24, 2019

How much information do you have on your potential markets? Essentials of a Market needs assessment.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) defines needs assessment to be a systematic investigation of an audience with the aim of finding out individual knowledge, skills, interests, attitude or abilities that are relevant to a particular issue, organization goal or objectives.    In this case our interest is Market Needs Assessment (MNA) where we look into introducing a product or service to the market and therefore it becomes important for us to understand the nature of the market one is venturing into.

Why is Measuring Impact in SMEs Important?

Jul 18, 2019

Why is Measuring Impact in SMEs Important?

Worldwide experience proves the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the national economies. SMEs are critical in creating employment opportunities in economies marred by high unemployment rates. Besides jobs creation, there are other benefits have been attributed to SMEs. The rise and emergence of the term social impact has brought about a different perspective to the value that SMEs create besides profits.

Give Youth Skills to Achieve Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Jul 18, 2019

Give Youth Skills to Achieve Inclusive and Sustainable Development

The World Youth Skills Day was marked on Monday July 15th 2019. This provided a moment to reflect on efforts being spearheaded nationally and globally in engaging youths towards sustainable development through the provision of skills.  Without inclusivity, development cannot be sustainable; it will only prove disruptive. Yet inclusivity cannot be achieved without carrying everyone along, including the youth.

Carbon Footprint, What You Can do to Reduce Yours

Jul 18, 2019

Carbon Footprint, What You Can do to Reduce Yours

Last week, I planted a number of trees equal to my age. I developed this idea after seeing a group of young people planting trees as part of their three-day social occasion to make it a carbon-neutral event. I was absolutely challenged. Although I knew I could not entirely eliminate my individual Carbon footprint only with my less than thirty trees, I considered it to be a good starting point.