Kenya boasts the largest, most diversified economy in East Africa. The country’s role as a transport hub makes it vital for much of sub-Saharan Africa. Improved governance is a priority for USAID, and Kenya's future peace, stability and development depend on it.
Decades of inequitable and often corrupt governance have dampened economic progress and exacerbated ethnic divisions. Apart from the political elite and a small middle class, most Kenyans are subsistence farmers. The majority of urbanites work in the informal sector, and nearly half of Kenyans subsist on less than $2 a day.
Spurred by the shocking outbreak of violence following Kenya’s 2007 elections, in 2010 the government passed a new national constitution—a feat 20 years in the making.
Substantial U.S. support played an important role in this process and in the national referendum that approved it. The constitution provides a framework for fundamental improvement of governance and could guide Kenya toward a far more equitable, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future.
Last updated: May 13, 2013