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UN survey to reveal Kenya's economic inequalities

Monday December 15 2014

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) is set to launch the first ever socio-economic index in 2015 which seeks to reveal the level of economic inequalities in the country. FILE  PHOTO |

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) is set to launch the first ever socio-economic index in 2015 which seeks to reveal the level of economic inequalities in the country. FILE PHOTO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) is set to launch the first ever socio-economic index in 2015 which seeks to reveal the level of economic inequalities in the country.

Dubbed African Social Development Index (ASD), it seeks to expose the extent of economic exclusion of Kenya’s population with regard to health, education, employment, income and social well-being.

Kenya is among four other African countries including Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon and Zambia where Uneca which have already conducted piloted studies on economic exclusion.

The index is to be rolled out to cover all African countries.

“The final report will be made public early next year since we are at the initial stages,” Uneca's director of social development policy Takyiwaa Manuh said on the sidelines of a forum on inclusiveness in African economies last week.

DEVELOPED ON REQUEST

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She said the index was developed on the request of African ministers who want an Africa-based tool for measuring the level of economic inclusiveness in African countries.

The index thus seeks to replace the UN human development index that has been hitherto relied on to determine economic inclusivity on the continent.

“It is certainly going to be an important tool in providing data needed for planning based on real needs,” added Mrs Manuh.

The UN human development Index released in August for instance puts Kenya as East Africa’s second most unequal society after Rwanda.

Kenya is ranked at 147 globally by the index which said that only a small portion of the Kenyan population has benefited directly from reported improvement in incomes, access to education and healthcare.

The African Development Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation are the financing partners of the African Social Development Index that will combine data from respective country finance ministries as well as national statistics offices.