Kenya on track to beat Extreme Poverty by 2030

The World Data Lab in its latest findings suggest that Kenya is projected to End Extreme Poverty by 2030. The data shows that the share of abjectly poor Kenyans will drop from nearly 21 percent to 4.3 percent in 2030.

World Data Lab’s statistics for Kenya differ from those by the World Bank, which puts the country’s 2016 poverty rate at a slightly higher level. Kristofer Hamel, one of the authors of the study notes that; because of the difference, the World Data Lab “piloted the creation of an additional sub-national poverty model specifically just for Kenya.

This comes at a time another report by the Overseas Development Institute, (ODI) on the relationship between Climate Change, Disaster and Child Poverty, takes a keen look at Kenya as a case study. The report finds that in Kenya; 20% of poor babies were registered in disaster-prone areas, compared with 39% elsewhere.

Comparatively, the World Data Lab reports that a few sub-Saharan countries have made faster progress than Kenya in improving living standards for those at the bottom of the economic ladder. These include: Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mauritius and Seychelles have already reduced their respective rates of extreme poverty to less than three percent.

Overall, the World Data Lab predicts that economic growth will outpace sub-Saharan Africa’s population explosion in the coming years. However, about 70 percent of the World’s poorest still live south of the Sahara today. Majority of these are children and youth, who comprise a bulk of the population. Such statistics though paint a grim reality that poverty levels are still high but it is also an awakening that we need to come together to End Extreme Poverty.

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