How the UK helps empower Kenyan women

HSNP beneficiary
Tarri of PISP (SPR HelpAge, Marsabit) interviewing a HSNP beneficiary buying milk. Photo: HSNP

Today is International Women’s Day on which we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

The UK, through the Department for International Development (DFID), is supporting initiatives to ensure women and girls are empowered economically. The initiatives include support for increased access to financial services and financial literacy training leading to increased incomes and access to economic assets.

In Kenya, DFID supports the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) which supports more than 450,000 people, 60% being women with regular cash transfers every two months in Marsabit, Wajir, Mandera and Turkana.

HSNP’s objectives have been split into two phases:

Phase 1

To reduce poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, and promote asset retention and accumulation for beneficiary households

To produce wider positive impacts on indicators of wellbeing and wealth (such as resilience to shocks, health and education uptake, and access to financial services).

Phase 2

Reduce extreme hunger and vulnerability of the poorest households through the regular payment of an unconditional cash transfer

Ensure effective, financially secure and well-targeted use of safety net and cash transfer programmes to support some of the most vulnerable and poor in Kenya

Implement a scaled up, integrated, effective government-led and financed safety net programme.

To find out more about Hunger Safety Net Project’s work, please visit their website.