Where we work

map2North Eastern Province (NEP) is the least developed region in Kenya. Poverty level is extremely high. According to Human development report 2006 the province recorded the biggest increase in poverty levels with human poverty index rising from 43% to 50.5%.

The province does not fare well in other areas either:

  • 93 % of women in NEP have no education at all
  • There is 1 doctor for 120000 people
  • Only 1 out of 3 children attend school
  • The  secondary NER is 3.1% for boys and 1.8% for girls
  • Adult literacy rate is 64.2%.
  • (Source : GOK 2006)

Social indicators for North Eastern Province show clearly this region is way behind the rest of the country.  Even some of the semi-arid regions are much better off than Northern Kenya. For example, Wajir East and Narok are roughly the same size in terms of population and area, and yet the number of primary schools and teachers in Narok is almost four and three times respectively.

Population

Area Km2

# of Primary Schools

# of Secondary Schools

Total # of teachers

Mandera West

110,126

8,631

29

3

32

Baringo

119,233

2426

332

40

3649

Wajir East

200,195

14,471

44

7

377

Narok

202,570

10,333

171

12

1195

Source: Economics of Resilience Study – Kenya Country ReportCatherine Fitzgibbon 2012.