Kenya’s large economy and educated population bring great promise to the country. At the same time, Kenya faces significant challenges with inequality and poverty, particularly in the northern areas of the country, where people rely on raising livestock and are coping with climate change and drought. In urban areas, the poorest people struggle to find regular employment.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic and a locust invasion both dealt a heavy blow to Kenya, the economy started to bounce back in 2021. The war in Ukraine pushed up prices for many basic commodities like fuel, wheat, and fertilizer, all of which the country needs to import.
In 2022, severe drought across East Africa in combination with these other factors is endangering livestock and people in Kenya’s northern regions. Oxfam fights inequality in Kenya and envisions a transformed and more equal Kenyan society in which everyone, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, level of education or social standing, can access basic services and fully participate in decision-making processes on issues that affect their lives and that help Kenya reduce poverty.
What challenges are people in Kenya facing?
of Kenya’s 55 million population lives in poverty (2021)
Kenyans urgently need food assistance
of women in Kenya aged 15 to 49 experience intimate partner violence at least once in their lifetime