Enhancing access to safe water and improved sanitation services in Kenya


Adequate access to safe water and improved sanitation services is central to achievement of better health and wellbeing of Kenya’s population. These services facilitate prevention of waterborne diseases which in turn may reduce mortality rates and health expenditure. Adequate availability of water is also critical for sustainable economic growth and reduction of poverty – currently […]

Strengthening subnational government own-source revenue mobilisation in Kenya


A sound revenue system for subnational governments is a critical prerequisite for the success of fiscal decentralisation in Kenya. Adequate mobilisation of own-source revenue (OSR) – income generated by subnational governments from local sources in the form of taxes, charges and fees – is key to improved provision of various public goods and services to […]

Africa Office to host SDGs Kenya Forum


The SDGs Kenya Forum and Development Initiatives (DI) have agreed that the forum’s secretariat, including National Coordinator Ms Florence Syevuo, will be hosted in DI’s Nairobi offices throughout 2018. This partnership, which is expected to lead to even deeper collaboration between both organisations, will support forum members’ work around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – […]

Pro-poor analysis of Kenya’s 2018/19 budget estimates


The 2018/19 Kenya budget is an opportunity to understand how the government intends to allocate resources to its development priorities, and therefore contribute to a reduction in poverty and ensure no one is left behind. If the needs of the poorest people are not well targeted by government resources, if insufficient tax is raised (or raised […]

What do the 2018/2019 national budget estimates mean for Kenya's poorest households?


As Kenya prepares for the budget reading tomorrow, Development Initiatives has published a new report: Pro-poor analysis of Kenya’s 2018/19 budget estimates: what do the numbers tell us? The Kenya national budget for 2018/19 is an opportunity to understand how the government intends to allocate resources to its development priorities; contributing to a reduction in poverty and […]

The needs of Kenyans by county: exploring the latest poverty data


The devolution of powers from Kenya’s central government to its 47 counties has been a policy priority in the country since 2013 when the counties were established. One of the central elements behind this push was the localisation of development activities behind poverty eradication. Five years later, the country is taking stock of what changes […]

Is Elgeyo Marakwet County allocating resources to the health sector according to its health needs?

Data use

Matching available public resources to citizens’ needs – such as health – is critical to improving development outcomes and reducing poverty. And to allocate resources effectively, access to timely, accurate and disaggregated data on needs is key. Such data equips decision-makers to prepare effective development plans to guide provision of public services. Quality data is […]

Exploring inequalities in the health sector in Kenya: Who’s left behind?

Data use

Not everyone in Kenya has access to the same healthcare opportunities. There are considerable differences in distribution of health outcomes, health determinants and resources across counties in Kenya. Health inequalities have significant social and economic costs to the extent that they limit people’s ability to realise their full potential in terms of participating effectively in […]

Kenya Equity Week


Date: Thursday 16 November 2017 Time: 8 am to 11 am (EAT) Location: Ngong Hills Hotel, Nairobi About: Development Initiatives (DI) is pleased to be participating in Kenya Equity Week, which runs 13-17 November 2017. DI has been involved in the planning for Kenya Equity Week 2017, a national programme of events that presents an opportunity for reflection […]

How prepared for disasters is Kenya?


Kenya is a nation prone to conflicts, slow-onset natural disasters such as droughts and famine, and rapid-onset disasters such as floods, land or mudslides, and disease outbreaks. Its topography makes areas of the country particularly susceptible to natural disasters, with arid and semi-arid lands covering about 89% of the total land mass – home to […]