Was the Kenyan Reform Policy Successful?

4 April 2015
A look at Kenya’s economy and society today, ten years after the last reform policy.

It has been ten years since the last reforms came into effect in Kenya. This paper looks back and sees what has been accomplished. The paper measures the success of the reforms and considers several economic indicators both before the reform and after to see how they have changed. These factors are then considered as a whole to develop a better outlook on the entire picture. Other factors discussed are education, the performance of the industrial sector, the trade and tourism sector, the finance sector, rate of inflation, employment and wages, the agricultural sector, construction, social services and some comments on the general conditions of the average person in Kenya today.
It would seem as if the 1992 reforms had been successful if you look at economic growth, literacy rate, wage increases, and greater opportunity for employment. The Gross Domestic Product as well as the Gross Domestic Product per capita has increased as well. If you only look at these quantitative figures, it would lead one to conclude that the reforms have been successful.
However, if you look at the life of the average, rural Kenyan, little has changed. Most of their income is spent on food and most still live in houses of wood and mud with thatched roofs. Many still report wide-spread corruption in the government and a mistrust of security forces. They do have better opportunities for employment. The ability to own their own land has been a tremendous help in developing the opportunity to participate actively in the economy.
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