Inequality trends and Diagnostics in Kenya


Over the last twenty years, poverty has declined in Kenya. The poverty rate has fallen from 52% of the population in 1997 to 36% of the population in 2015. However, in 2015 income inequality was still large with more than half of total wealth controlled by the 20% richest of the population. An assessment of inequality causes could help design and implement policies to eliminate it. In particular, policies with well-designed redistributive fiscal components could play a substantial role in reducing income inequality. This project is part of a European facility for a research program on inequalities in developing and emerging countries which is coordinated by the AFD. Financed by the Development Cooperation Instrument of the European Union, this facility enables to implement 20 research projects over the period 2017-2020, in partnership with donors and research centers from the South to the North.

The proposed research program has two objectives: Documentation of inequality and poverty trends in Kenya since independence and diagnosis of their main drivers; Assessment of the impact of fiscal policies on inequalities in Kenya.


AFD-Agence Francaise de Developpment

Principle Instigator
Germano Mwambu
Project Status