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Development process and its current challenges in Kenya

Did you know that the word “development” has been over possessed by governments? Did you know that governments use “development” as a tool to drive their agenda forward? On the contrary, did you know that “development” is about the private sector, public sector and the civil society? This weblog is ready to discuss why governments have made development their own agenda in Kenya.
It was in 1990 that the international community imposed Structural Adjustment Programs on the African countries. They made tough conditions and policies that have defined education, production and the way of doing business. It was not business as usual when USA and European countries put tough measures on heavily indebted African countries. Kenya’s public debt is over 2 trillion Kenya shillings, a reality that may not be celebrated yet. The poverty indicator in Kenya is getting worse year by year. The inflation is high as we import almost 72.5% of our commodities. Kenya’s borrowing rate is high as compared to other developing nations. There is no surprise to believe that Kenya’s economy is leading in East Africa but not in the COMESA region.
To be accurate, the Kenya’s GDP relies heavily on foreign investments other than the Domestic Production. If anything, the agricultural sector is doing poorly. Most of the staple food Kenyans consume come from other countries. Most of our fruits come from Uganda and Tanzania. Kenyan farmers are the neglected lot. They struggle with their effort to make ends meet but there is too little support from the government. No subsidies are availed to farmers accross the board other than coffee and tea growers. There is politics in every sector of development as the government believes that the word development belongs by right to the state. This belief is inaccurate as “development” agenda should belong to the people as opposed to the government. It has made many Kenyans believe that only the governemnt can speak about development and not individuals. Such is misguide and confusion.
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