Nic Hailey discusses North Eastern Kenya with stakeholders in Nairobi

Rift Valley Institute with Nic Hailey
The meeting explored ways which the UK could better understand, support and partner with north-eastern Kenya. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Yesterday, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, attended a meeting along with Garissa MP Aden Duale and Isiolo Deputy Governor Simba Guleid at Hotel InterContinental to discuss how to better understand, support and partner with north-eastern Kenya.

According to a report by the World Bank, nearly 70 percent of the region’s residents live in poverty and have poor access to basic services. Regular droughts pose a significant threat to livestock, which is the main source of food and income for nearly all the people who live in the area.

Rift Valley Institute with Nic Hailey
Aden Duale and Simba Guleid both spoke at the meeting. Photos: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Socio-economic indicators also fall significantly below the national average with the female literacy rate at 41%, well below the national average of 89%.

Primary school attendance was rated at only 55%, with secondary attendance much lower at 19%. These are far below the national averages of 82% and 37% respectively. Just over half of residents have access to safe water and the average poverty rate in 68%.

Rift Valley Institute with Nic Hailey
The meeting took place at Hotel InterContinental in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Yesterday’s meeting also involved UK registered charity the Rift Valley Institute (RVI), which is an independent, non-profit organisation, founded 2001, currently working in seven countries in Eastern and Central Africa. Their Rift Valley Forum for Research, Policy and Local Knowledge, was established in 2012 to provide a new space for critical discussion of political, economic and social issues in Eastern and Central Africa.

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