Kenya struggles with poverty

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A family in front of their makeshift home at Kibera, Kenya's largest slum.

Kenya struggles with poverty


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Vienna-based World Poverty Clock has reported that 11 million Kenyans are living below the $1.90 per day extreme poverty threshold and accounting for 22.7% of the national population now estimated to stand at 48.6m.

“Currently in Kenya 11,006,307 people live in extreme poverty,” the real-time survey says.

As reported by the Business Daily Africa online, only 30 people are pulled out of poverty every hour, making Kenya a poor performer compared to Ethiopia where 300 people get out of poverty every 60 minutes.

Kenya also trails Tanzania where 66 people are escaping extreme impoverishment every hour.

Analysts said Kenya’s poor performance in poverty reduction despite impressive gross domestic product (GDP) growth points to poor wealth distribution among the population.

That is in part due to the country’s small manufacturing base and high rate of joblessness that denies households a steady stream of income flow, according to Aly-Khan Satchu, an independent analyst.

Meanwhile, the World Poverty Clock data shows that Tanzania has 21.2m people living in abject poverty – this is 37.1% of its population. In Uganda, the poor total 12.7m, or 30.5% of the population.

Rwanda’s poor add up to 5.8m, which is nearly half of the country’s population.

Africa’s largest economy Nigeria has 75 million people (39% of the population) living in poverty.

Mauritius has the lowest rate of poor people in Africa at 0.2% of its 1.3 million population, followed by Egypt (0.4%) and Morocco (0.4%).

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