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September 2020

Combining new and traditional mechanisms in Northern Kenya to cope during COVID-19

In mid-July we interviewed a subset of FSD Kenya/CARE’s Building Livelihoods programme beneficiaries in Northern Kenya to understand the extent to which resources built up through the programme are supporting resilience of beneficiary households during COVID-19, and how these compare and interact with traditional pastoralist coping mechanisms. While the people of Northern Kenya are no […]

Blogs
August 2020

Kenya enhances its cash transfer programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

As the world reels from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a key lesson it has taught us is the universality of our vulnerability. While most countries have adopted various measures to curb the pandemic, many of their citizens are threatened not just by the virus itself but are increasingly finding it difficult to earn […]

Blogs
August 2020

Set sights on informal sector recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic is throwing a curved ball at us. It has made planning virtually impossible. The interventions we made in March are not the ones we need today, and it is possible that in the coming days we may have to improvise strategies to deal with the pandemic. The question people are asking is: […]

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August 2020

COVID-19 and Digitisation: Will digitisation drive inclusion or inequality?

The economic fallout engendered by COVID-19 has already been dire with many going without food and/or accruing different types of debt to stay afloat. Individuals, households, firms and governments continue to try and find effective strategies to survive and eventually recover from the ongoing devastation. Amidst this devastation is one apparent bright spot, digitisation. The […]

Blogs
July 2020

Debts in Distress: How ordinary people are finding the liquidity they need to survive COVID

“Things are getting bad,” Vanessa told us.  When we spoke with her in late June, her family had just about run out of food and were waiting for the next harvest.  Her husband and herself had not managed to get any casual work in some time.  Normally, they are able to get work on neighbour’s […]

Blogs
July 2020

Understanding drivers of resilience in Northern Kenya in the time of COVID-19: Part 1

Over the past four years, FSD Kenya’s Building Livelihoods programme in Northern Kenya has explored how extremely poor households can be transitioned out of poverty and into sustainable livelihoods through stronger engagements with markets. Considerable success has been achieved so far with many beneficiaries starting new businesses, increasing savings and assets, and becoming marketable clients […]

Blogs
July 2020

Imagining Post-COVID recovery

How Financial Diaries families imagine reconstructing their income streams When we spoke with Benson in April, he was feeling optimistic about getting through the COVID-19 crisis unscathed.  He worked in a factory that manufactured paper products, and toilet tissue was in high demand.  He was sure he would keep his job.  In June, like many […]

Blogs
July 2020

Can platforms and technology accelerate the African Green Revolution?

A platform take on fixing agricultural challenges The agricultural sector in Africa is yet to take off despite being the dominant employer and the key contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP) for most countries on the continent. According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), the continent’s annual net food import bill is in excess […]

Blogs
June 2020

Becoming Business People: What we can learn about development initiatives from Northern Kenya

Laisamis is a settlement in Marsabit County in the Northern part of Kenya towards the Ethiopian border. With a population of approximately 2,700 people, it is the fifth largest urban centre in Marsabit County. Its small centre is comprised of two rows of cement and corrugated iron shops that sit along either side of the […]

Blogs
June 2020

Corona Case Studies: ‘Waiting for nothing’

Agnes [1] (45), Makueni Agnes, 45, lives in rural Makueni with her children and elderly parents.  She had once been married, but her husband proved an unreliable partner.  While women are not always welcome to come back home to live with their own parents, Agnes was.  Her parents were getting older, and there was no […]