Right now, someone, somewhere is talking about Kenyan roads. It’s a universal constant. Meet anyone who’s been to Kenya and it will be one of the first subjects you’ll talk about. “I’ll tell you about a road: it’s not a road, it’s a rock and if you try to drive over it, it’ll take you four weeks…to go one mile…with one vehicle…the world’s best 4×4.” “Ha! Call that a road? That’s like walking over a rubber-covered carpet draped over a freshly concreted drive. I’ll tell you about a road. It’s not a road, it’s an idea. It’s a gaping, concept and you can only cross it with jet propulsion, low gears and prayer” etc. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Africa
Pascale Palmer writes
There’s a gloomy sky over Durban today on the penultimate day of talks. Richard Black of the BBC is saying that the talks “lack urgency” and from where I’m sitting he seems to have a point. An NGO Tweeted this morning that they had heard delegates in the corridors saying that this is the most relaxed COP they had ever attended. “Relaxed” isn’t really the word I want to hear to describe talks that can decide whether our futures are safe or not.
Kevin Kinusu writes
The Africa Pavilion, which was launched by three African leaders – Jacob Zuma from South Africa, Idriss Déby of Chad and Vice President Fermando da Piedade Dias dos Santos of Angola – was set up to ensure Africa’s voice is heard. It’s also a chance for my continent to show how it can play a real part in finding ways of dealing with the challenges of climate change.
Roeland Scholtalbers, CIDSE Media & Communication Officer writes
There is much at stake as the international community gathers in Durban, South Africa, for the yearly UN summit on climate change. The Kyoto protocol, the only binding international agreement on emission reductions, expires next year, while more ambitious science-based emission cuts are urgently needed to halt advancing climate change. International climate finance needs to be firmed up to ensure reliable funding for developing countries to tackle the impacts of climate change.
Joseph Kabiru writes:
There was a sense of déjà vu and disappointment as the Trans African Caravan of Hope finally arrived in Durban on Saturday November 26 for the Climate Change Conference.
As the hosts of what has been dubbed the ‘African COP’, there had been great expectations from African civil society groups that the South African government would receive we travellers at the highest levels of government. Indeed, those hopes had been raised in Nairobi by a South African embassy official, who had intimated that none other than the South African Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe would receive the petition we had collected during our long journey.