Inequality trends and diagnostic in Kenya 2020

Kenya has managed to reduce income and social inequalities in the last two decades amid policy and legislative reforms that encouraged inclusive growth and greater access to basic services like health, water, sanitation and health, says a report launched. The Inequality Trends And Diagnostic in Kenya 2020 report compiled by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) says that trickle-down economics, cash transfer for the poor, devolution of basic services had boosted the fight against inequality. Inequality has generally declined at the national level, in rural and urban areas, and across social strata in the decade from 2005/06 to 2015/16, says the report. The country implemented many pro-poor and pro-equity reforms in sectors such as education and health that are likely to have had favorable impacts on inequality and poverty reduction countrywide, it adds. According to the report that provides a comprehensive analysis on inequality in Kenya across gender, geographical location, age and education levels from 1994 to 2016, the country's income gap has been on a decline. The report says a decline in inequality was higher among urban dwellers, citizens educated up to tertiary level, adding that asset ownership increased in the same period.