UNCEA Report – Kenya highest in Poverty Rise over 2 decades!

Even though Africa has made progress towards achieving MDG (Millennium Development Goals), some countries have actually seen a rise in Poverty Levels. Kenya had the highest rise in Poverty Levels in Sub-Sahara Africa in the 2 decades (1990-2010)  with a rise of 28.4%!

This report may have escaped your radar, but would like to bring it to your attention to realise how dire the situation is!

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Based on 30 African countries for which at least two data points were available, collective poverty reduction efforts resulted in an 8.7 per cent drop in poverty over a period of eight years. The greatest reduction was in the Gambia,
which achieved a 32 per cent reduction, followed by Burkina Faso, the Niger, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi. Poverty declined by varying degrees in 24 out of the 30 countries analysed, from 0.1 per cent in Egypt to 32 per cent in the Gambia. However, poverty rates also increased in 6 of the same 30 countries, from an average of 0.4 per cent in the Central African Republic to 28.4 per cent in Kenya, which represent the lowest and highest increases over the same period. Increases in poverty were also notable in Mauritania, Nigeria and Zambia, whereas Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Tunisia registered significant poverty reduction over a period of eight years.