Paul Tiyambe Zeleza - Vice Chancellor USIU-Africa

Over the past two weeks, the world media has been transfixed by two images that would have been unthinkable until recently: an American president at war with his G7 allies and basking in a delirious bromance with a ruthless North Korean  dictator. What does one make of these images, of the deluge of daily news about global developments that are so overwhelming that it’s often hard to keep up, let alone understand? 

Besides the twittering outbursts and theatrics of the unpredictable President Trump, the great power rivalries within the teetering Western alliance and with a towering China, which seem to be slipping into fierce trade conflicts, world news headlines are dominated by an endless cacophony of catastrophes in various world regions: the endless wars, migration crises, and human rights abuses and atrocities committed by intolerant governments, terrorist organizations, and fundamentalist civil society zealots. 

There are of course other powerful stories and forces, slow, subterranean and structural, which are upending the current global order with profound consequences for national, regional, and world political economies. They include the rise of dangerous populisms and the recessions of democracy, the generation of unprecedented wealth and deepening inequalities, the development of planetary consciousness and growth of political tribalisms, and the contradictory trajectories of the digital revolution that is simultaneously unleashing remarkable economic productivity and social connectivity and threatening to overwhelm humanity with the transformative powers of artificial intelligence, robotics, and the internet of things. 

Dear USIU-Africa Community,

We did it! We raised Kshs.1,283, 409 in cash and in-kind food donations valued at Kshs.48, 924. 

The USIU-Africa community donation will feed 1,332 individuals. Thank you very much for your overwhelming support.

Dear USIU-Africa Community,

As you may be aware more than 2.7 million Kenyans are facing starvation and are in dire need of urgent and immediate relief. The situation is critical, leading the government to declare drought a national disaster.

More than 357, 285 children are acutely malnourished with at least three counties of Turkana, Marsabit and Mandera reporting a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) Rate of above 30%. GAM rate is one of the basic indicators for assessing the severity of a humanitarian crisis. The situation has escalated from disaster to alarm which the Kenya Red Cross Society describes as, “an extreme drought situation where all water sources have dried out and 90% of the total population not only rely on relief food but also need water supply for survival”.