Transparency is vital to a government. It allows the public to become informed citizens and enables them to hold the government accountable if they act inappropriately, like the corruption found in Kenya’s response to the drought. Transparency at all stages of government, not just in the aftermath, is crucial and is something that the Kenyan government needs to work to improve.


By Charles Gichane

NAIROBI, KENYA MARCH 21 – Transparency International-Kenya (TI Kenya) has recommended that the government increase the capacity to respond adequately to early warning systems of drought.

Speaking at the launch of the 2011 Food Assistance Integrity Study, TI Kenya Chairman Richard Leakey said this will give the government adequate time to address food insecurity problems.

“We hope this study will improve the information flow and accountability mechanisms at the community beneficiary levels and promote the participation of citizens in monitoring humanitarian assistance,” he announced.

He noted that the lack of action on early warnings in 2011 led to a rushed, expensive and politically pressured response that contributed to greater risks of diversion.

This was one of the recommendation outlines in the report which also cites corruption and politicisation of food assistance as one of the significant challenges to drought response.

“Let us not let people die so…

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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