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The detection of cancer in David Nkwanga’s Mum (who later died in 2012) was devastating, but a turning point in his life to explore ways in which millions of women and girls who endure kitchen smoke each day, could be saved from this hazard. He saw this tragedy as an ‘opportunity’ to address the daily risks resulting from indoor air pollution. ‘It eventually led me to think: Aren’t there better and simple cook stoves that rural women could access and which could ensure their kitchens remain safe from indoor pollution?’, David pondered

On Thursday September 3, 2020 SusWatch Kenya launched a report on 100% Renewable Energy (RE) scenario in Kenya by 2050 as part of the East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action (EASE&CA) Project that is being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The scenario for Kenya by 2050 was developed in collaboration with national and county governments, academia, private sector, NonState actors and others involved in implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7.

Environmental problems that are facing East Africa includeovergrazing,deforestation, water shortages, loss of biodiversity and urban-industrial pollution.Whileenvironmental authorities remain weak, Civil Society in the region lacksadequate resources and know-how to effectively intervene in promoting viable local solutions and influencingchange.As men and women are affected differently by these problems,taking a gender perspective into account in environmental policyand practice isequally critical.

Kenyan National Assembly on 23 June 2020, passed the 2020 Finance Bill that will result in the introduction of a 14% Value AddedTax (VAT)on off-grid solarproducts.

The Kenya’s Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was published on 30 March 2020. The Bill proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax (VAT) Act, 2013, Excise Duty Act, 2015, Tax Procedures Act, 2015, Miscellaneous Fees and Levies Act, 2016 and the Kenya Revenue Authority Act, 1995. The Bill contains a raft of changes to the tax laws that will have a significant impact on taxpayers.

Uganda meets more than 93% of its energy demand from biomass. The demand for firewood for cooking exceeds supply, leading to deforestation. fuel wood is largely used for cooking in rural areas while charcoal mostly provides for the cooking needs of the urban population. High demand for fuelwood used inefficiently results in overuse and depletion of forests. Uganda is facing a significant threat to its forest cover that has declined from 24% (or 4.9 million ha) in 1990 to 9% (1.83 million ha) in 2018, accounting for a loss of (loss of 3 million ha) in just 25 years (ENR CSO Network, 2018).

According to UNECA (2020), Africa remains at the forefront of the impact of climate change, which could lead to a 15 per cent reduction in GDP in West and East Africa by 2050. Governments must prioritize fiscal stimulus that is focused on low-carbon development pathways. Emissions must decline substantially between

As Corona Virus (COVID-19) sweeps across the world, it has put to test not only existing national health systems, but is wreaking havoc on economies and ordinary lives. Furthermore, it is bringing to question the level of readiness for many countries including East Africa, to ably respond to such shocks (availability of intensive care beds, supply of drugs, masks and accessories).

SusWatch Kenya organised a civil society coalition meeting attended by representatives from eight organizations, academic institutions, government ministries and departments on February 12, 2020 in Nairobi.

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is considering the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill (2019) with the aim of enacting the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Act which will be an act of the East African Community (EAC).

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