Spotlight on Kenya

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 […]

Devolution is working for Kenya, but quality data can make it work even better

Data use

Before the dust completely settles on the just-concluded fifth annual devolution conference in Kenya, I want to present a few insights from my personal observations during the event. The conference was held in the week of 23 April in Kakamega County, and it was successful in many aspects – compared with previous sessions characterised by […]

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 […]