Socio-economic atlas of Kenya launched in Nairobi

The socio-economic atlas of Kenya was launched on 10 November 2014 by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. The report exposes huge disparities in the poverty levels across the country. Nairobi, the capital city, is the most affluent with residents having access to most of the social amenities.

The socio-economic atlas uses data from the 2009 Population and Housing Census and the 2005/6 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey. The atlas attempts to capture the state of the population across a number of indicators, including access to basic services. It shows, for example, that whilst the population of Nairobi has increasing access to electricity, sanitation, clean water and technologies (such as mobile phones and cars), people in other Kenyan counties such as Narok, West Pokot, Baringo, Kitui, Bomet, Homa Bay and Migori are lagging behind. In such counties, only about one-quarter of households have access to clean, safe water.

We at Development Initiatives welcome the publication of the atlas as an important step in making data and information on poverty in Kenya more accessible to policy makers, researchers, academia and the general public.

The atlas presents an opportunity for us to further interrogate poverty indicators and engage with policy makers and other stakeholders to influence decision making. In 2015 we will be undertaking mapping of extractives and natural resources against incidences of poverty and access to services in East Africa. The exercise will be used to understand the risk and vulnerability statuses of populations, linking access to services to the humanitarian sector as well as resource allocation at the county levels. We look forward to using the atlas and engaging with statistics bureaus and related ministries across the East African Community to advance this work.

A link to the report can be found here. The report highlights can also be accessed here.

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