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.
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%.
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.