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Evaluation of Social Protection Policy in Kenya: Are we on the Right Track?

Written by A.O. Dieto
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A. O. Dieto

Assistant County Commissioner, Marigat

Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government

P. O. Box 1-30403, Marigat;: 0721965246

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Kenya has for the last decade attempted to revitalize the structures for implementation of social protection programs through the formulation and implementation of the Kenyan Social Protection Policy, 2011. The policy was developed to provide a broader framework for design and execution of projects and programs that could address the needs of vulnerable groups such as, elderly persons, persons with disability and orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). Despite the prolonged existence of the policy, there has been very limited discourse around monitoring and evaluation of social protection in Kenya. There has been very little endeavor to critically examine the impact of social protection policy on the livelihood the beneficiaries of the respective programs. Further, there has been no commissioned research to specifically interrogate the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes implemented under the social protection framework. This paper seeks to analyze the various components of Kenya’s Social protection policy, status of implementation of the policy framework and to assess effectiveness of the policy in terms of meeting the standards contemplated under to broader international and domestic policy instruments such as the ILO recommendations 202 (National Floors of Social Protection); Livingstone Declaration of 2006; The Kenya Vision 2030 (Third Medium Term plan) and the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.  This paper will further highlight the main findings from reviewed literature, identify policy gaps and make recommendations that can assist key stakeholders in spearheading social protection policy reforms.

Key words: Social protection, elderly persons, persons with disability, orphans and vulnerable children

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