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Kenya has one of the largest and most diversified economies in east Africa, with the potential to reduce poverty significantly among Kenyans and other east Africans. With this in mind DFID Kenya concentrates on improving basic needs e.g. health, education as well as catalysing private sector growth.

Healthy ageing is more than the absence of disease

Anne lives in Kenya’s Central Province. She is 65 years old and looks after 8 grandchildren and mother-in-law and works as a HIV peer educator. Picture: Phil Moore/Age International.

An astonishing transformation is taking place that has until now been absent from mainstream development thinking: global ageing. Its absence is even more surprising as the evidence makes clear that demographic changes are affecting developing countries the most. Currently about …

We cannot end FGM without supporting survivors

Pictures of girls at Samburu Girls Foundation in Kenya

We often associate FGM with the harmful physical effects suffered by more than 125 million women worldwide. There is much less awareness about the psychological effects that can haunt a woman throughout her lifetime. I know from experience that sometimes …

The changing face of Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya

Children in class in one of the schools in Kuria on the Kenyan-Tanzanian border where FGM is rampant. Picture: Judy Kosgei

I called her today, the phone rang twice and she picked it up the third time. Like always the conversation started with: “How are you?” The 44-year-old calmly answered my call. “I am well, just calling to say hi,” I reply …

Random acts of violence: women and girls take the hit

A young Somali woman hides herself behind a curtain. Picture: Sven Torfinn/Panos

When I was travelling in Kenya recently, I had a graphic reminder that gender-based violence and HIV is right there in front of us in many African countries; we just don’t all notice it all the time. I went through …

How can we scale-up fortuitous partnerships?

Motorbikes are much easier to navigate on rural roads and these 'boda boda' motorcyclists are making the most of the opportunity. Picture: Jenny Mathews/Panos.

A couple of weekends ago, the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang made his first ever trip to Africa, visiting Angola, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya. This was a significant date. 50 years ago, the then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai made the …

Millie Banks – the successor to Dora the Explorer – arrives in Kenya

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DFID Kenya had the pleasure of welcoming celebrity Millie Banks to her new home in Nairobi recently. For those of you for whom tales of Millie’s celebrity status hasn’t yet reached – and there can't be many left – Millie …