The Kenyan development blue print; dubbed ‘Kenya Vision

The Kenyan development
blue print; dubbed ‘Kenya Vision 2030’ is envisioned as a road map for the
country to achieve middle income status and a high quality of life for all Kenyans
by the year 2030. It is anchored on three pillars; Economic, Social and
Political pillars. The Social pillar aims at creating just, cohesive and
equitable social development anchored on macroeconomic stability; to improve
the standard of living for all Kenyans, reduce poverty and increase access to
social services.

To achieve
sustainable real growth of the economy; Kenya needs to achieve a rate of
economic growth that will lead to increased income and employment opportunities
in comparison to the erosion caused by a rapid population growth. According to
the Kenya National bureau of Statistics, the GDP for Kenya is estimated to have
expanded by 5.6% in 2015, and this growth was mainly attributed improvement in
agricultural outputs, construction, finance, insurance and real estate.

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However, economic
stimulation policies have not previously always trickled down to the rural poor
as evidenced by regional inequitable distribution of resources, and gender
inequality; increased poverty; and increasing youth unemployment. This is at
the expense of projects that would enhance social welfare such as rural
development.

Therefore the
greatest challenge facing Kenya’s social protection policy is a miss-match in
current policies, benefits expected from the policies and lack of political
goodwill.

Various prescribed
policies have been proposed while programmes have been implemented with an aim
of addressing human development. While there have been some significant
achievements progress in some achieving some MDG goals, there are no
significant achievements recorded on poverty reduction. Accoding to UNICEF
statistics, 46% of Kenyans live below the poverty line with most regions
recording even higher statistics than the national average especially in rural
areas.

This will be achieved
through the new political and economic governance system; devolved governments rolled
in the year 2013, which led to a decentralized management system for development
projects at the county level of administration, and has also strengthened
public service delivery this level. There is a need to strengthen governance
structures at county levels to fully implement devolution while addressing
challenges rampant corruption and red tape in accessing social services