While poverty in Kenya has had a declining trend recently (from 44.8 percent in 1992 to 52.3 percent in 1997 to 46.1 percent in 2005/2006, according to the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey), the number of people who live in absolute poverty continues to be high in comparison to neighbouring countries. Economic stagnation and the attraction of the rural poor to urban centres have led to an alarming upsurge in urban poverty. Proliferating slums, degraded environmental conditions, reduced life expectancy, and inadequate nutrition are the result. The urban poor are unable to access medical services, adequate education, and appropriate housing, and are increasing vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
Phase 1: Urban profiling – completed
Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – completed
Phase 3: Project implementation – starting