Kenya

Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies of East Africa, with a coastline facing the Indian Ocean and tourism as a driving force. It encompasses savannah, lake lands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, and mountain highlands. It is also home to such wildlife as lions, elephants, and rhinos. From the capital Nairobi, safaris visit the Masai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania's 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.

With a promising future for the nation, the country still grapples with issues of corruption, poverty, unemployment, the unequal distribution of income and resources, as well as ethnic conflicts. The nation is also host to the second largest slum in Africa, Kibera, located in Nairobi.

Country facts

Nairobi
Capital

52 573 973
Population

37%
Live in extreme poverty

18,2%
Above 15 years of age cannot read or write

147 of 189
Human Development Index

Our work

1997
Worked here since

59%
Women and girls

74%
Below 18 years

1 Local partners

Strengthen local communities and contribute to economic development through self-help groups.

Preschools and education for children. The adolescent empowering programme Bonga for young people.


Selected results (2019):

7308 girls and boys have been supported in their education.

1854 people have gained access to financial resources through savings and loans groups.

404 girls have completed our adolescent empowerment programme, Bonga.

More about our work

In Kenya, we work with girls, women, and boys among the Masai people in the Masai Mara Nature Reserve. Education, especially for girls, and economic growth for women are two of our focus areas.

Our adolescent empowering programme, Bonga, offers education aimed at girls 'and girls' rights. The teaching equips them both with life skills and vocational skills.

Education is important in the fight for rights, against child marriage, and not least against female circumcision, which is very widespread in these areas. In Masai Mara we support our own girls' school - Mara Girls Leadership School. In 2019, the Mara Girls Leadership School was rated the overall best school among 24 schools within the Narok West Sub-County.

Through the work with the nature reserve Naboisho Conservancy, we also contribute to creating jobs, managing natural resources, and creating a good interaction between the local population who run livestock and game preservation.


 

Read more: http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/KEN