Reuters: Youth key to the success of the SDGs in Kenya
Consider this: in 1956 Sweden and Kenya’s population was roughly at 7 million. Today Sweden has about 9.8 million, while there are about 44 million Kenyans.
Fertility levels are declining gradually and Kenyans are living longer. It is estimated that there will be 85 million people in Kenya by 2050, with three quarters of these being below 35 years. While Kenya’s median age is 19, Sweden’s is 42.
Kenya’s mushrooming population presents an extraordinary opportunity and several challenges. The opportunity lies in the potential for a so-called demographic dividend of sustained rapid economic growth in the coming decades.There is reason for optimism that Kenya can benefit from a demographic dividend within 15 to 20 years. It is estimated that Kenya’s working age population will grow to 73 percent by year 2050, potentially bolstering the country’s GDP per capita 12 times higher than the present, with nearly 90 percent of the working age in employment. (NCPD Policy Brief: Demographic dividend opportunities for Kenya, July 2014.)
But Kenya’s demographic dividend is not guaranteed by its changing demographics alone. Key actions are required if children of today – who will be entering the labor force a decade’s time – are skilled, dynamic and entrepreneurial.
Mr Kenneth Frazier-CEO Merck Today is 19 August and it is World
Humanitarian Day. At a time when the pursuit of profit seems
to override any other corporate mission, Kenya’s fragile, unstable and hard to
reach North-Eastern counties is about the last place any company would consider
spending any amount of resources. Consider this. In 2014, one of the North
Eastern counties called, Mandera, had a maternal mortality ratio of 3,795 deaths per
100,000 live births, surpassing that of wartime Sierra Leone. It is inhabited by a nomadic community, riven
by internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism and cross
border terrorism. Widespread
illiteracy and cultural practices like female genital mutilation and child
marriage ensured women and girls would remain trapped in poverty and
desperation. Only the bravest and optimistic of humanitarian
agencies maintained a presence, amid shrinking budgets for international
development. In 2014, UN agencies in Kenya, like UNFPA, UNICEF
and WHO were looking…
"Image of a
'stone pelter' tied in front of a jeep as a 'human shield',will 4 ever haunt
the Indian Army & the nation!" Indian Army's Lieutenent General HS Panag, PVSM, AVSM,
(Retd) via twitter. The recent image of a young
Kashmiri man tied to an Army jeep as a human shield was heartbreaking to see.
This is not the Army I know. I am an Indian Army veteran
having served in the Special Forces. I have been in combat and have been
decorated for gallantry. That image is contrary to what
the Indian Army personifies. The Indian Army is a fine institution to which I owe
my foundation to. Countless cheer leaders and
trolls have taken to twitter to insult and abuse military veterans who have
objected to the way the Kashmiri man was treated. One of India's highly regarded retired military generals, Lt Gen HS Panag was humiliated on twitter for having
responded to this human rights violation in Kashmir. abhijeetVerified account@abhijeetsingerApr 16 More