Policy Briefs

  • Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth June, 2015

    A strong, dynamic and empowered youth is critical in catalyzing and driving the transformations envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya, and the Kenya Vision 2030. The youth aged 15-24 constitute an important segment of Kenya’s population, accounting for 35.4 percent of the total population and 66.7 percent of the adult population in 2009. This policy brief points out how Kenya can harness the youth potential in order to achieve the demographic dividend through highlighting the skills supply mismatch, unemployment and underemployment-, job creation and existing opportunities for the youth in Kenya.

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  • Investing in Education and Skills Development June, 2015

    Kenya has one of the most youthful populations in the world with about 43 percent of its population under the age of 15. The youth population is growing fast and the country is experiencing a youth bulge; an excess especially in young population aged 15-24. These young people are an important resource for economic growth and present a window of opportunity to earn the demographic dividend.

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  • Improving the Health of Kenya’s Present and Future Workforce for Enhanced Socioeconomic Development June, 2015

    All Kenyan’s have a right to the highest attainable standard of health and health services including reproductive healthcare. This right is enshrined in The Constitution of Kenya 2010 article 43(a). Further, Kenya’s long-term development plan, Vision 2030, identifies good health as part of its overall objective – to create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030. Investment in health is also a prerequisite to harnessing a substantial demographic dividend.

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  • Facilitating Fertility Decline to Maximise on the Window of Opportunity June, 2015

    Kenya’s initial rapid fertility decline in the 1980s was followed by stagnation at high levels in the 1990s. On the other hand, child mortality rates have recently dropped by substantial margins. This has resulted in rapid population increase, and a very youthful population with 43 percent of the population aged below 15 years.  The population has more than quadrupled over the last four decades, increasing from 10.9 to about 42 million people between 1969 and 2013, and is projected to increase to 60 million by 2030 and 77 million by 2050,based on the current annual population growth rate of 2.9 percent.

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  • Health and HIV/AIDS along the East African Community Transport Corridors: A Situational Analysis July, 2015

    This Policy Brief provides an overview of the findings of a situational analysis conducted in July 2014, on health and HIV/AIDS to support the development of a regional strategy for integrated health and HIV programming along the East Africa Community (EAC) region transport corridors. It highlights existing gaps in and opportunities for improving service delivery along the EAC transport corridors with a specific focus on migrant and mobile populations.

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  • Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: Accelerating Socioeconomic Transformation in Uganda July, 2014

    Uganda’s young age structure can be turned into a valuable asset for achieving the socioeconomic transformation envisaged in Vision 2040 if birth rates decline rapidly. This will create a population with more working age people than children, which can accelerate economic growth if accompanied by investments in education, health, economic reforms to create quality jobs, and accountability in service delivery and use of public resources.

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