Mark Kapchanga
Mark Kapchanga is a senior economics writer for the Standard newspaper in Kenya and a columnist for the Global Times, an English-language newspaper in China. He is pursuing a PhD in investigative business journalism at the University of Nairobi.
Leading by example

Leading by example

Innovation: local heroes Kenyans are used to finding local solutions to everyday challenges and COVID-19 has inspired innovators to find creative ways to cope with the pandemic Onyango Okoth was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 14 July after he visited a hospital in Kisumu for what he claims was a routine medical check. The father of […]

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C-19: Work and Jobs in Kenya

C-19: Work and Jobs in Kenya

In 2019, no less than 38.57% of young Kenyans (or 5,341,182 of 13,777,600) were out of work, according to census data. Article 260 of Kenya’s Constitution defines a youth as a person aged between 18 and 34.

COVID-19: In Kenya, social media are aflame

COVID-19: In Kenya, social media are aflame

The Kenyan Twitterverse turned into a furnace on 15 June after the Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, displayed his Covid-19 test results on social media and appealed to the people to take tests, sanitise and observe social distancing.

Caught in the crossfire

Caught in the crossfire

Kenya: Armed and dangerous Desperate and ruthless gangs find firearms widely available in Nairobi’s slums, presenting a constant security risk to the city’s residents A message posted on a Kenyan Facebook group known as Dandora Love People on 31 March, 2017 read like the opening lines of a scary movie script. Written by a member […]

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Kenya: rich tax

Kenya: rich tax

Since Kenya reintroduced a 5% capital gains tax (CGT) in January, its stock market has plummeted. The Nairobi Securities Exchange lost a massive 6.75% of its value in May when foreign investors withdrew 1.5 billion Kenyan shillings ($15m) from the market, according to Standard Investment Bank, a financial services firm based in Nairobi, the capital. […]

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Opportunity knocks

Opportunity knocks

Kenya: accelerating investment growth This East African country is enjoying a boom in foreign investment, but corruption and political instability still pose risks By Mark Kapchanga Kenya is on track to triple its foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2016 as compared to 2014 on the strength of renewed investor confidence, the Kenya Investment Authority […]

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Mark Kapchanga
Mark Kapchanga is a senior economics writer for the Standard newspaper in Kenya and a columnist for the Global Times, an English-language newspaper in China. He is pursuing a PhD in investigative business journalism at the University of Nairobi.
Africa: COVID stories from the trenches

Africa: COVID stories from the trenches

  Pushed to the limit, Friday Ochieng' fixed his eyes to the ceiling of his home. He felt like crying but he could not; in his Luo culture, it is taboo for a grownup man to weep. A month earlier, the father of five had buried his wife after she lost a decade-long...

Leading by example

Leading by example

Innovation: local heroes Kenyans are used to finding local solutions to everyday challenges and COVID-19 has inspired innovators to find creative ways to cope with the pandemic Onyango Okoth was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 14 July after he visited a hospital in Kisumu...

Caught in the crossfire

Caught in the crossfire

Kenya: Armed and dangerous Desperate and ruthless gangs find firearms widely available in Nairobi’s slums, presenting a constant security risk to the city’s residents A message posted on a Kenyan Facebook group known as Dandora Love People on 31 March, 2017 read like...

Kenya: rich tax

Kenya: rich tax

Since Kenya reintroduced a 5% capital gains tax (CGT) in January, its stock market has plummeted. The Nairobi Securities Exchange lost a massive 6.75% of its value in May when foreign investors withdrew 1.5 billion Kenyan shillings ($15m) from the market, according to...