Two COVID19 Lessons that were long Overdue to Kenya’s Justice Sector

Jackline Kagume and Kipkogei Kemboi
Post Date: 28 May 2020

There have been agitations in the past for Kenya's justice to modernise and meet the demands of the current existing criminal justice dynamics. The two most recent decisions made since emergence of COVID19 pandemic in Kenya are to release prisoners and use of technology to undertake court proceedings.


COVID-19: Could the fear of infection from bank notes hasten the replacement of cash with digital transactions?

Fiona Okadia
Post Date: 18 May 2020

A decline in cash usage is expected to continue amid the growing popularity of digital payment platforms and as people avoid physical contact during The coronavirus pandemic.
The reduction in price through a policy change coordinated between the government and the supplier of services provides an opportunity to illustrate both the income and substitution effect in mobile money supply. This shows that this policy change might create large changes in the dynamics of payment and money transfers in Kenya. This change may also tilt mobile money usage further based on the perception of the health risks in use of physical cash.


Efficient Allocation of Resources across Counties based on Population at Risk and Health Care Capacity is key in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Noah Wamalwa
Post Date: 06 May 2020

The constitutional right to the highest attainable standard of health is now confronted by the COVID-19 pandemic which is exerting adverse impact on the economy and indeed the health system. Towards this end, efficient allocation of resources to priority areas is vital in the fight against the scourge.  

Towards this end, efficient distribution of the resources ought to be based on evidence of counties that face the relative high population risk from being infected relative to the health care system capability in responding to the pandemic. 

While county governments are responsible for the provision of primary and intermediate medical services, it is evident that the risks of infection, the epidemiological burdens and investments in capacity differ, partly being explained by historical legacies and geographical factors.

IEA-Kenya together with Urban Institute, a think tank based in Washington DC, have developed Health Care Capacity Index and Population Risk Index. While the Population Risk Index aims to assess the relative risks that population in the 47 counties face with regards to the spread of the COVID-19, the Health Care Capacity Index assesses the relative capacity of the Counties to respond to these risks. 


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