Posts filed under ‘debate’
Public Lecture: The Fight Against Terrorism & the Rule of Law by Hon. Didier Reynders (Belgian DPM), Nov. 21 2016 @ Strathmore Auditorium
* Hon. Didier Reynders is the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
Development and its Discontents: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Nov. 17 2016 @ Rift Valley Institute
Date: November 17, 2016
Venue: Seminar Room, Rift Valley Institute
Location: Laikipia road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entry: Prior registration, RSVP here
Over the past decade, African countries have experienced significant economic growth rates. Despite this, most face a myriad of developmental challenges, and public dissatisfaction with how governments are addressing corruption and delivering public services. There is a common perception that government is run for the benefit of the few, rather than all its citizens.
On Thursday 17 November 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will launch a new report by the Pew Research Centre that investigates public attitudes to social and economic development in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. Based on the annual Global Attitudes survey by the Centre, the study surveys opinions about the economy, government, corruption, perceived barriers to getting good jobs, access to clean water, health care and education, and civic participation.
Katie Simmons, the Associate Director of Research at the Pew Research Centre, will present the findings of this report.
Kenya’s Constitution: Origins, Objectives and Impact by Professor Yash Pal Ghai, Nov. 19 2016 @ Nairobi National Museum
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Refreshments for sale at 3:15pm; Talk at 4:00pm
Donation: Ksh 200 Student, Ksh 400 KMS member and Ksh 500 Guest (MPESA no: 400800 Account no: 6571570019)
Tickets: 0724 255299, 2339158 or email@example.com
Yash Ghai will discuss why Kenya needed a new Constitution and briefly describe the process, including the hurdles that faced it. He will describe what the new Constitution tries to achieve, taking issues like national unity, respect for diversity, integrity, popular participation and social justice.
He will also give an interim progress report on these issues, and the resistance the Constitution faces, especially from government and politicians, as well as from continued corruption.
Yash Pal Ghai is Kenyan. He studied law at Oxford and Harvard and taught in Dar es Salaam, where many distinguished East African lawyers were his students. Later he taught at universities in Sweden, the UK and Hong Kong, and as visiting professor in many more.
In Kenya he chaired the first phase of the constitution making process from 2000 to 2004. Much of the fruit of that stage of the process can be seen in the Constitution adopted in 2010. Yash Ghai has advised on constitution making in 20 or so other countries.
Book Launch: Parliament of Owls – A Collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’, Nov. 17 2016 @ Goethe Institut
A collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’
Parliament of Owls, published under the Contact Zones Series established by the Goethe-Institut Kenya and Native Intelligence, is a collection of poems by Adipo Sidang’ one of the most talented Kenyan poets of his generation. In the words of Tony Mochama (writer), “Parliament of Owls heralds the arrival of a new emperor on the African poetry scene … and this emperor, Adipo Sidang’, is hooting the naked truth”.
– The collection of poems will be discussed by Dr. Tom Odhiambo (literary critic) and Khainga O’Okwemba (poet and journalist).
The Romance of the Great Outdoors
Reading in Unusual Spaces is a new literary series aimed at taking literary discourse and experiences to public spaces such as amusement parks, forests, markets and shopping centres. Each session is based on a specific theme.
In our third and final session in 2016, literature enthusiasts will engage with the public at Olepolos Country Lodge to experience “The Romance of the Great Outdoors”.
Curated by Tony Mochama
Pan-African writers’ collective, Jalada Africa shall host an evening of readings, conversation, and performances based on a fable, Ituĩka Rĩa Mũrũngarũ: Kana Kĩrĩa Gĩtũmaga Andũ Mathiĩ Marũngiĩ (The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright) by the eminent author and scholar Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
The fable has been translated into 55 languages, making it the single most translated short story in the history of African writing.
The event will feature a two-part conversation between Jalada’s Managing Editor, Moses Kilolo, and Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o on identity, languages, translations, and the role of the writer in times of political upheaval.
Translators will share insights on the process and challenges of writing and translating in local languages in a digital world.
Dramatized multilingual readings will re-imagine the fable for the stage, as a way of celebrating the power of cultural diversity in imagining better worlds.
Music by Dempsey.