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British media coverage of the post-election violence in Kenya, 2007-08
Journal article, Created By Somerville, Keith and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
The post-election violence in Kenya in December 2007 through to April 2008 was reported extensively but erratically in the British media. While BBC News Online, the Guardian, Telegraph and Independent gave regular coverage with online updates on their websites, other mass circulation media like Sky, the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail were|more sparing in their coverage. But a common factor to all was a tendency to rely on simple, all-encompassing descriptive and analytical language to frame the reporting of the conflict focusing on tribal and ethnic issues...
Bulldozers, homes and highways: Nairobi and the right to the city
Journal article, Created By Manji, Ambreena and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
[Bulldozers, maisons et autoroutes : Nairobi et le droit à la ville.] Au Kenya, la construction de routes, vue généralement comme un “bien humain non qualifié”, est intimement liée à une narration de “l'Afrique qui monte”. Dans cet article, je soutiens que la construction de routes est une tentative de confirmer l'autorité politique dérivée d'une impulsion développementiste de longue date, dans laquelle l'accumulation privée et les travaux publics spectaculaires vont de pair. A la lumière des transformations massives en matière d'infrastructure, je développ...
Briefing: Using opinion polls to evaluate Kenyan politics, March 2004–January 2005
Journal article, Created By Branch , Daniel and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
Becoming indigenous in the pursuit of justice: The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the Endorois
Journal article, Created By Lynch, Gabrielle and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
The February 2010 ruling of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Kenyan government's violation of the Endorois people’s rights is the Commission's most substantive and radical decision to date, with important implications for international jurisprudence, national politics, and local strategies – as well as potential socio-economic realities and inter-communal relations. The ruling combined a liberal interpretation of the African Charter with far-reaching recommendations and the request for a government progress report. It was the first time that the&#x...
Building peace from the ground up
Journal article, Created By Harsch, Ernest and Published By United Nations Department of Public Information in English language
Competing orders and conflicts at the margins of the State
Journal article, Created By Asebe Regessa Debelo and Published By ACCORD in English language
n this paper, the interplay between various competing orders among three ethnic groups on the margins of the Ethiopian state that have overlapping presence along the Ethiopia-Kenya border is analysed.|The paper probes into complex and intertwined causes of inter-group conflicts by going beyond the commonly asserted resource scarcity and ethnicity assumptions, arguing that any attempt to establish sustainable peace becomes futile without assessing inter-group conflict within a context including historical, environmental, political, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions. The paper al...
Centre for Minority Rights development (Kenya) and Minority Rights Group International on Behalf of Endorois Welfare Council v Kenya: A Landmark Decision from the African Commission
Journal article, Created By Ashamu, Elizabeth and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
This is the first judgment from the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to address the rights of indigenous peoples and their claims to land and natural resources. It is also the first ruling by an international tribunal which finds a violation of the right to development. The Commission examined the Kenyan government's eviction of the indigenous Endorois community from their ancestral land around Lake Bogoria to establish a game reserve. Finding violations of the rights of the Endorois to religion, culture, property, natural resources a...
Comparative table of banking legislation in Africa
Journal article, and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
This Table summarises the effect of legislation in the different countries covered in regard to: the definition of “bank” and “banking”; how banks are distinguished from other financial institutions; restrictions on use of “bank”, etc.; statutory requirements for formation of a bank; licensing or registering of banks; control over banks’ ratios, reserves, deposits, etc.; and provisions for the protection of customers.
Customary law and the joys of statelessness: idealised traditions versus Somali realities
Journal article, Created By Schlee, Gunther and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
There is some truth in the statement that in Somalia the periods and regions least affected by struggles about the state have provided better living conditions than the ones more affected by statehood. It is also true that the state, especially in the final stage of its existence leading up to its collapse in 1991, was of a predatory nature and, rather than contributing to development, affected it adversely. There is no doubt that no state at all is better than some of the experience the Somali have made with actually existing ...
Courting the Kalenjin: The failure of dynasticism and the strength of the ODM wave in Kenya's Rift Valley province
Journal article, Created By Lynch, Gabrielle and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
This article explains the strength of the ?ODM wave? in the 2007 Kenyan election and the popular rejection of Daniel arap Moi's call to re-elect President Mwai Kibaki across the Kalenjin areas of the Rift Valley. It examines the election campaigns, voting patterns, and aftermath of the contested election, and reveals why most Kalenjin dismissed Moi's pleas as self-interested and were instead drawn towards the pledges and leadership of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). The article discusses how a strongly ethnicized discourse of ?persecution? and ?bia...