Kenya Poised at 'Economic Frontier'

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Posted on 1/13/2014
Two Kenyan women with their children
Kenya has experienced robust economic growth during the past decade.

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Economic growth is a considerable challenge for many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Persistent social problems such as food scarcity, inadequate access to electricity and other factors can pose significant difficulties for families living in poverty, including small business owners. Despite these obstacles, Kenya has experienced remarkable economic growth in recent years, and now stands at an "economic frontier" of possibilities, according to Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

A Promising Future

Overall, sub-Saharan Africa is the second-fastest economically growing region in the world, with 5.6 percent average economic expansion in the past 10 years, and Kenya has surpassed that rate; in 2013 alone, the country achieved more than 5 percent expansion, according to Lagarde, speaking in Nairobi Jan. 6. She added that, in the coming decade, the region will likely continue to see robust economic growth, which could benefit millions of families living in poverty.

"Africa is now beginning to take its rightful place at the table of global prosperity," Lagarde said. "In many countries, this growth has contributed to higher living standards and poverty reduction. Low inflation, reduced levels of public debt and adequate reserve levels have helped to shield much of the region from the crisis."

Working Together

ChildFund has worked in Kenya since 1950 and has helped thousands of children in need and their families break the cycle of generational poverty through our child sponsorship program. However, approximately 50 percent of the country's population of 43 million people still remain below the poverty line.

Much of our work in Kenya focuses on early childhood development, particularly expanding access to education and helping Kenyan children stay in school. Education is a vital tool to fight child poverty, but economic pressures often force children to drop out of school to assist their families by working.

To address this urgent issue, the Kenyan government has made improving access to education one of its top priorities. In addition, ChildFund helps provide children with education through our early childhood development centers, which also serve as community hubs where parents can learn more about child nutrition, health care and other topics.

We could not help as many Kenyan families without the support of our donors. Please consider becoming a child sponsor today. For just $28 per month, you can help ChildFund ensure that a child has the nutritious food, clean drinking water and lifesaving health care they need to not only survive but flourish.