Trends and Drivers of Inequality in Wellbeing Outcomes with a Focus on Children and Women

The Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI Global) is currently supporting UNICEF Kenya, UN WOMEN Kenya, and Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in a study analyzing the trends and drivers of inequality in wellbeing outcomes in Kenya, with a focus on children and gender.

The purpose of the study is to generate evidence to inform prioritization of public policies and budgets to effectively and efficiently reduce inequalities and deprivations among various socio-economic groups, women and men, and between counties.

The main objectives of the study are to

  • assess the scale of spatial and temporal inequality in Kenya, focusing on key wellbeing outcomes;
  • carry out a trend analysis of inequality at the national and county level;
  • assess to what extent deprivation from basic goods and services during different stages of children’s and women’s lifecycles affect their future outcomes;
  • examine the relationship between women’s and children’s wellbeing outcomes and public finance in terms budget allocation, expenditure and basic service delivery;
  • examine the potential direct and indirect effects of external shocks – locust infestation, climate change, and COVID-19 pandemic – on households and inequality focusing on women’s and children’s wellbeing.

The findings of the study will also be used to garner support and advocate for improved access, use, equity and efficacy of social services and benefits, particularly for women and children.

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