A Working Paper on Kenya’s E-Commerce Sector

The Kenyan e-commerce sector has been a death bed for many startups – both large and small companies have failed in a bid to launch viable online businesses. Google’s Getting Kenyan Businesses Online failed to gain traction, Mocality (an online business directory)lacked a sustainable revenue stream and had to shutdown, Sahara books didn’t have enough ...

Kenya's Death Market

The Daily Nation publishes 30 deaths (on average) everyday. In publicly announcing the demise of the dearly departed ones, the bereaved intentions are untold. They may simply be informing relations and acquaintances on the passing of a mate, or myriad of other reasons such as fundraising for medical and funeral costs. Whatever the objectives, these ...

AirBnB: Nairobi vs Kampala

There is an oddity to the tale of Nairobi’s real estate sector. Despite being the largest city in East Africa and a tourist hub, Nairobi trails Kampala in AirBnB occupancy rate. Statistics obtained from AirDNA, an AirBnB data aggregator, shows Nairobi’s occupancy rate is at 38 percent while Kampala’s is at 43 percent. Nairobi has ...

Nudging Kenyans to Geotag Tweets

In Twitter’s opt-in geolocation feature, most Kenyans and by extension the world prefers to geotag only 1% of their tweets. This is a great problem for Twitter applications that hope to ride on its location data. While volunteering for #whatisaroad — a project on mapping potholes in Nairobi via Twitter, a problem arose. The Twitters users who ...

Finding The Origin of Kavirondo

In the Beginning During the colonial period, the Luhya and Luo tribes of Kenya were collectively referred as The Kavirondo. The name withstood time and even had an independence movement name (Young Kavirondo Association). If you ask the general public in Kenya the meaning of the word Kavirondo, the common answer would be the Kiswahili ...

The Problem at Sachangwan-Salgaa

There is a 20 km stretch of road along the A104 highway between Sachangwan and Salgaa in Nakuru County that has gained a reputation as the habitation ground of grisly road accidents. The commonplace blame is on a steep unwinding section of the road that currently hosts a black stop signage to caution drivers. Other ...

The Kenyan Hansard Analytics

The political dust has settled in Kenya, the legislative wing of the government is now on full throttle with the re-introduction of the ICT Practitioners Bill and the Presidential ascent of the new Marriage bill permitting polygamy. These debates have intrigued Bobbie Macdonald – a comparative politics PhD student from Stanford currently residing in Kenya. ...

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