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Launch of the Krystle Kabare Scholarship Programme


This scholarship programme has been established in honour of the late Krystle Kabare.

At the time of her untimely demise, Krystle was working as a Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways. She was passionate about improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and, in her spare time, was undertaking philanthropic work, specifically with persons with disabilities.

As a celebration of Krystle’s life, Development Pathways will contribute to the educational development of a person with a disability by providing a grant that will cover the tuition fees for a Master’s degree in either Anthropology, Economics, Health Economics, Sociology, Social Statistics or a related course at the University of Nairobi.

Eligibility requirements:

The scholarship is open to persons who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have Kenyan citizenship or be legally resident in Kenya;
  • Applicants must have been legally classified as having a disability;
  • Applicants must have attained an Undergraduate Honours Degree at the level of 2.1 or above
  • Applicants must be highly proficient in spoken and written English
  • Applicants must have an acceptance letter to the Master’s programme in Anthropology, Economics, Health Economics, Sociology, Social Statistics or a related course at the University of Nairobi.

The scholarship programme does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, sex, religion, or disability.

Financial Commitment

The scholarship will cover:

  • Whole course tuition fees
  • Study-related charges (including medical, library, activity, caution, computer, student I.D.)
  • Book allowance

When to apply

Details of how to apply will be published on this page on the 1st of June 2020.

About Krystle Kabare

Krystle Kabare, who sadly passed away on the 28th September 2017, was a very popular member of staff at Development Pathways was absolutely committed to building an effective and comprehensive social protection system in Kenya.

Krystle, worked in the technical team at Development Pathways, and approached her work with great enthusiasm and energy, and left a positive impression with everyone she came into contact with. Krystle was passionate about disability rights and extending social protection coverage to persons with disabilities, and regularly volunteered for disability-focused projects around Nairobi, where she lived. To honour her memory and commitment to support those less-fortunate, Development Pathways has started a scholarship programme.

Krystle Kabare’s Publications

In a blog she wrote, Krystle underlined that global evidence shows that universal social protection schemes are “the best means of reaching older persons living in poverty” and stressed that the Government of Kenya’s Senior Citizens’ Grant would be “transformative” in its impacts on poverty. She concluded: “As a Kenyan, I am proud to see a government that cares for the elderly who have contributed to society throughout their lives, and can now live their later years with respect, dignity and security… It is my hope that the government will progressively fulfil its mandate to realise the rights of, not only older persons, but all citizens to social security.” Click here to read more.

Krystle worked on research for the UK’s Department for International Development to examine how social protection systems and schemes can be made more inclusive of persons with disabilities. She led the Kenya case study report into her nation’s social protection system and persons with disabilities and inputted on the Zambia and Rwanda case studies. In the former, published in October 2018, she underlines that the vast majority of persons with disabilities have no access to formal social security, and sets out the case for a child disability benefit “to relieve the burden on households that incur opportunity costs due to their caregiving responsibilities”.

Krystle produced a paper on the Mbao Pension Plan in Kenya, published in October 2018, in which she reviews the design and implementation of the private savings scheme targeted at informal-sector workers. She argues that the plan is innovative but in its current form, the plan is more effective as a savings vehicle than a retirement scheme. Finally, she offers recommendations on how the scheme could be improved so that it can become “a best practice example for neighbouring countries that are also looking to increase savings and long-term financial planning”.

She was such a shining presence – a jewel sparkling in the sun,

Full of joy and brightness and a wonderful sense of fun.

An incredible human being, filled with kindness and with good,

Her spirit was unwavering and her message understood.

A dedicated colleague, who devoted her whole life,

To those in need who suffer most from poverty and from strife.

A friend transcending boundaries of nationhood or race,

She welcomed all who crossed her path with sympathy and with grace.

And how we all will miss her – the bright smile and gentle voice,

Her cheery being in itself gave us reason to rejoice.

We thank her now together as on wings of angels she departs,

Knowing that we hold her ever close, embedded in our hearts. 

Carol Watson




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