Kenya

54

Population 2022 (Millions)

0.58

HDI Score
2021 (Max. 1)

60.9

SDG Score
2023
(Max. 100)

0.51

Gender Inequality
Index Score
(Max. 1)

58

Internet Inclusivity
Index 2022
(100 countries)

Sources: 1. World Bank (2022), 2, UNDP (2021), 3. Sustainable Development Report (2023), 4. UNDP (2021), 5. Economist Impact (2022)

Overview

Located in Eastern Africa, this large country has an ethnically diverse population and is spread over five distinct regions. With large tracts of arable land, agriculture is one of the main economic activities, although there have been attempts to diversify the economy. Kenya currently has one of the largest GDPs in Africa, however, there are still many challenges facing the country. These include a rapidly growing (and very young) population and the lack of adequate employment opportunities. Additionally, Kenya is threatened by climate change, corruption, and weak public services infrastructure. It is also home to Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world, located in the capital of Nairobi.

Projects

Professional Training Program “Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development”

Carried on in partnership with United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), this series of courses aimed to help practitioners and policy-makers to develop and implement Big Data innovation projects, policies, and partnerships in support of sustainable development objectives. The content was structured into three main modules: contexts and concepts; methods and tools; and strategy and conception / ethics and engagement. The workshops were delivered in Cambridge at MIT (June 2016), Bogotá (December 2016), Nairobi (June 2017), Dakar (March 2018), Bangkok (March 2018), and the MIT Media Lab (October 2018). The same workshop was also conducted in Tunisia (April 2019) with support from UN Tunisie.

Landscape Mapping and Review of Technology-based Interventions to Mitigate Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

DPA, in collaboration with UNICEF and UNFPA, conducted a comprehensive landscape mapping of key technology-based interventions to mitigate child-marriage and FGM through empowerment of girls and to review the digital solutions and tools used in these interventions, their effectiveness and potential areas for improvement in 13 countries in Africa and Asia. The methodology proposed by DPA was based on an analysis that integrated both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as traditional and non-traditional data sources collected at different stages of the study, underpinned by a participatory approach involving UNICEF, UNFPA and other stakeholders that provided feedback and input throughout the entire project.