International non-government organization I’m Worth Defending is helping to prevent rape in Kenya. The U.S.-initiated and -funded program is teaching girls and women self-defense skills, as well as provide counseling on rape, Voice of America reports. Paris-based Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, meanwhile, is providing livelihood support and helping protect natural resources in East Pokot. The project is now in its ninth month and has so far helped communities enhance their drought and famine resistance.

Kenya’s assistant minister of foreign affairs, Richard Onyonka, is refuting claims that most of the 25 newly picked diplomats were picked for political reasons-. Onyonka stressed that the selection “this time” was based on professional merit.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will travel to Kenya to open an investigation= into the unrest after the nation’s 2007 general elections. The prosecutor will meet with civil society groups, religious leaders and representatives from the media and business community.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.