Today, the Kenya Social Protection Sector Review Report is released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection. It offers a strategic review of the evolution of Kenya’s social protection sector between 2011 and 2017 and includes many lessons for other countries as they seek to expand their social protection systems. Over the period, Kenya made great progress in developing a life-cycle social protection system in line with its National Social Protection Policy and the constitutional commitment to social security. The report outlines, however, that, by 2017, there remained large gaps in the coverage of children, persons with disabilities and those of working age. Looking forward, the review makes recommendations about how social protection can be embedded and consolidated within government in order to ensure that the sector is sustainable and generates long-lasting positive impacts. Since 2017, of course, Kenya has made further significant strides forward with the implementation of its universal old age pension. Further information on the pension can be found in Tran and Chirchir (2019) and Tran, Kidd and Dean (2019).
The report was produced by Development Pathways under the guidance of the National Social Protection Secretariat. The study was led by Stephen Kidd with support from economists Matthew Greenslade, Bjorn Gelders and Diloa Bailey-Athias, social protection specialists Alexandra Barrantes and the late Krystle Kabare, MIS specialist Richard Chirchir, researchers Anh Tran and Heiner Salomon and Anthony Land who was the facilitator.The review itself was funded by the Government of Sweden through SIDA, via a grant implemented by UNICEF and WFP. Development Pathways is particularly grateful to Cecilia Mbaka (Head of the National Social Protection Secretariat), John Gachigi (Head of the Social Assistance Unit), Ousmane Niang (Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF) and David Kamau of WFP for their invaluable advice and support.