News IconKenya commits to further increasing social protection investment, Development Pathways flags funding priorities

22nd March 2018: Development Pathways has set out priorities for Kenya’s social protection sector review, as the Government moves to increase investment in programmes. Our Senior Social Policy Specialist Stephen...

News IconPresident Kenyatta launches Kenya’s national payment to new Inua Jamii 70+ programme recipients

4th June 2018: President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched the national payment to the 70 years and above new Inua Jamii  70+ programme recipients, following the enrolment of over half a million...

blog iconPensheni Kwa Wote! Building the Social Protection Floor for Older Persons in Kenya

The 31st of March 2017 marked a great step forward for Kenya with the announcement of a social pension for all older persons. Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich – the Minister of Finance – presented the 2017/18 Budget to both Houses of Parliament which included measures to address poverty through social...

blog iconAre you respecting the right to privacy as you advance social protection?

The protection of privacy in large scale social protection programmes in low-income countries is rightly under the spotlight at this time, and this demands an effective response from those designing and implementing social protection programmes, writes Richard Chirchir. Criticism regarding data handling for beneficiaries and entitlement transfers, and apparent unauthorised access to identity...

blog iconMaking smart use of technology: How electronic registration made Kenya’s universal pension possible

The Government of Kenya made a landmark decision in 2017 to provide a basic monthly pension income to its older citizens over the age of 70 years. The move represents a major step forward in the building of Kenya’s national social protection system. As the final preparations are made to...

blog iconStories of the Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ pension: Hopes for Kenya’s flagship universal pension programme

In a small rural community in Kenya’s Rift Valley, many older people are hopeful about the Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ programme and the benefits that it could bring to their own wellbeing and that of their families, writes Anh Tran. As Ellen Jerotich stated during my visit to her house...

blog iconVillage Voices: Miriam sees end to stigma with Kenya’s Inua Jamii pension

Our Village Voices series shares research findings into Kenya’s Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ pension scheme and what it means to one Rift Valley community. In this blog, Sarina Kidd discusses the experiences of a recipient of the Older Persons Cash Transfer. Miriam is seen as one of the lucky ones...

Our Work IconDeveloping an investment plan and strategy to build a Kenyan social protection system

Kenya has made significant progress in building a nationally-owned social protection system, expanding coverage of regular and predictable social transfer schemes through tax-financing.  The Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, the Persons with Severe...

Publication IconInua Jamii Senior Citizens’ Scheme

The Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ Scheme is a tax-financed pension-tested social pension offering universal pension coverage for all citizens of Kenya once they reach 70 years of age. The programme,...