Poverty is a blight, and one that disproportionately affects sub-Saharan Africa. It is a vast and complex issue whose tentacles reach into many areas, including climate change, sustainable development and–crucially–global security. The link between poverty and violent extremism is compelling, and means that if we want to address extremism, we must fight inequality too.
In 1953 South Korea emerged from the ravages of a debilitating war, yet the total gross domestic product in nominal terms has surged 31,000 fold since 1953
Last month, Spanish charity workers rescued 167 migrants arriving from Africa aboard a small boat.
The Horn of Africa is often synonymous with extreme poverty, conflict, demographic pressure, environmental stress, and under-investment in basic social services such as health, education, access to clean water and infrastructure.
Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line
by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the economy.
A malnutrition emergency
Food security in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since the end of 2016. UNICEF reports a significant increase in severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 110,000 children under-five need treatment, up from 75,300 in August 2016.
After three years of drought and failed harvests, Kenya is in the grip of a national crisis.All eyes are on neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan – where the needs are indeed greater and more acute – but we must not forget the nearly 3 million Kenyans whose lives have been blighted by these extreme conditions.
Consider this. The communities around the Kenya-Ethiopia border in Moyale-Borona area, have long been associated with internecine violence, extreme poverty, and environmental stress. These have led to disastrous societal consequences, including displacement, criminality and violent extremism.
Consider this: gender inequality is costing sub Saharan Africa US$ 95 billion annually
in lost revenue. In a corporate setting, that extent of losses would call for a serious reset of the business’s operational approach.
On 06 February 2017, the world marks the 14th International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
It is estimated that 3000 Kenyans are born every day, a million a year
. With a median age of 18 years, Kenya is witnessing a massive youth bulge, which could either be a demographic dividend
, or a disaster.
Consider this: every year, nearly one million Kenyans are pushed below the poverty line
as a result of unaffordable health care expenses.
In Kenya the Gini coefficient of inequality is at around 0.45%
. Therefore, the economic growth statistics present an unequivocal picture of a highly unequal society, whose development strategy is largely leading to accumulation of wealth by a few and worsening the poverty of the majority.
Today 05 December is International Volunteer Day, and every year we recognize the invaluable contributions of volunteers to peace and development.
Consider this paradox. Every year 1 million young people join the job market in Kenya, yet Kenya has the largest number of jobless
youth in East Africa.As the government puts in place measures for addressing the issue of high youth unemployment and poverty, The private sector needs to join forces to sustainably grow its business and markets. Businesses and the societies that they operate in are symbiotic and it is now an established maxim that business cannot succeed in societies that fail.
President Uhuru Kenyatta warmly welcomed dozens of U.N Agencies, development partners and senior Government officials to the State House on 02 November 2016 to discuss the joint development plan from 2014 – 2018.
Today 21 September 2016 is the International Day of Peace.Kenya has the largest number of jobless youth in East Africa
, putting a strain on the economy’s growth and also threatening peace and security when hopeless youth gravitate towards violent extremist groups.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya
was launched on 14 September 2016, Representing President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution and planning Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri, said Kenya was way ahead of implementing the SDGs through its Vision 2030
, and the devolved system of Governance
On August 27 Kenyans will be celebrating not just the promulgation of the new Constitution six years ago, but also the tangible gains made throughout the country.
Consider this: in 1956 Sweden and Kenya’s population was roughly at 7 million. Today Sweden has about 9.8 million, while there are about 44 million Kenyans.Fertility levels are declining gradually and Kenyans are living longer. It is estimated that there will be 85 million people in Kenya by 2050, with three quarters of these being below 35 years. While Kenya’s median age is 19, Sweden’s is 42.
The increased budgetary allocations to the health sector by county governments point to an acknowledgement not only of the enormous challenges facing the sector, but also of good health as a prerequisite to overall development.