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Country background

Kenya is east Africa's economic and transport hub. Kenya has made signinficant structural and economic reforms that have contributed to sustained economic growth in the past decade, including average annual real GDP growth of 5% for the last seven years. Development challenges include poverty and inequality.

The country gained independence from Britain in 1963. In 2010, Kenya adopted a new constitution that created a bill of rights, eliminated the position of prime minister, reduced the president's powers, and devolved powers to local governments.


• 46 million people, with 75% younger than 30

• Life expectancy: 64

• Poverty headcount ratio: 46% (2005)

• HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 5.3%

• Government education expenditure as a % of GDP: 5.5% 

• Literacy: 78% of people aged 15 and older can read and write

Our Kenyan partners


The Catholic Diocese of Kitui supports entire communities through education, income generation and healthcare. Lessons for Life have worked with them since 2008. Their education programme focuses on secondary and higher education and includes payment of school fees, provision of school materials and hygiene packs. Children of all faiths, or no faith are welcome on CDOK's programmes, and children are selected on the basis of need. In 2019, we are funding direct support for secondary-school children and tertiary students.