Kenya

TEN QUICK FACTS ABOUT INEQUALITY IN KENYA
  1. Income inequality in Kenya has been rising since 1995.
  2. In 2011, the overall average income in Kenya was estimated at US$808 with the richest 20 percent of the population receiving an average of US$2,079 while an average of US$134 went to the poorest 20 percent of the population.
  3. Kenya has the fourth lowest infant mortality rates in the region – recording 66 deaths for every 1,000 live births.
  4. Overall, 44 percent of Kenya’s poorest children were stunted in 2010 – a six percentage point increase from 2003. 38 percent of children in the richest quintile were also stunted.
  5. The share of unschooled poor men in Kenya fell from 34 percent to 30 percent between the two most recent surveys.
  6. The share of unschooled poor women in Kenya fell by 4 percentage points from 44 percent to 40 percent between the two most recent surveys, but it remained 10 percentage points higher than that of unschooled men.
  7. Children in Kenya’s private schools two extra months of actual teaching during the course of an academic year compared to their public school peers.
  8. In 2011, Kenya and Tanzania’s primary schools produced the worst results in East Africa, with only 58 percent and 53 percent, respectively, of primary school leavers passing their exams.
  9. Medical personnel in Kenya’s urban facilities are more likely to be absent from their posts than their rural counterparts.
  10. Between 2003 and 2009, the proportion of stunted children in Nairobi had increased from 23 percent to 29 percent suggesting that food insecurity is increasingly an urban phenomenon.
 
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