Dr. Rachel Musyoki presents at a National Taskforce

12/9/2014
Nairobi Kenya

TASKFORCE TO DEVELOP THE POST 2015 COORDINATION FRAMEWORK: POVERTY POLICIES AND INTER-SECTORAL INTERVENTIONS. DR RACHEL MUSYOKI

ABSTRACT

The underlying theme in this brief is anchored on the key policy/programme strategies in current practice towards poverty reduction in Kenya. First, policy and programme interventions that are rights based (universal) and secondly, those that are need based (targeted). The merits and demerits of either of the two frameworks in poverty reduction has gained current prominence in policy discourses globally. Combinations of these two frameworks (and a variety of hybrid platforms) are in operation in many countries. Many such programmes are being piloted in some countries in Africa, and a few have been scaled up. Their impact on poverty reduction is not yet ascertained. A recent conference on social Protection in Africa (November 12-13, 2014) concluded that social protection programmes are likely to undermine poverty reduction largely due to their unsustainability. Furthermore, the issue of targeting is wrought with both inclusion and exclusion errors. Given that poverty is multidimensional and the poor are heterogeneous, both policies and programme interventions must be robust. The rationale for a national coordination framework in poverty reduction is well grounded. 

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