Equity Week

Kenya Equity Week is a national week of reflection on issues of equity in resource distribution featuring a series of events highlighting views and ideas related to equity emerging from academia, civil society, government, the arts community, development organisations, and citizens. Equity Week was conceived in 2016 by a coalition of partners including IBP Kenya, Katiba Institute, and SID. Browse Equity Week resources and videos:

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Kenya Equity Week 2019: 11 – 15 November

This report summarizes the proceedings of the Equity Week 2019 Forums, which took place in Busia, Baringo, and Nairobi counties. The first two forums in Busia and Baringo were structured as regional meetings, and they incorporated discussions for counties in the Western and North Rift regions. The forum in Nairobi was a national one. Attending the forums were community representatives from the counties as well as county and nationally based civil society organizations (CSOs). Also, in attendance were officials from both the county and national governments. Download the report.

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Kenya Equity Week 2018: 22-26 October

Equity Week 2018 will include three regional forums in the North Rift, the Nairobi Metropolitan area, and the Coast region. Discussions will be led by the Commission on Revenue Allocation, International Budget Partnership Kenya, Development Initiatives, Institute for Public Finance Kenya, and the Centre for Innovations in Open Governance. Download the Equity Week 2018 concept note to learn more. RSVP to [email protected] or call 0791183 600. Follow the conversation in real time on Twitter: @IBP_Kenya and #USAWAKENYA

kenya-equity-week-2018Monday, 22 October 2018

Universal Health Coverage Forum: Deliberating Fairness in Kenya’s Options for Universal Health Coverage
Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi County

  • Keynote Address
    Dr. Wangari Ng’ang’a, UHC Technical Adviser, Executive Office of the President
  • Making Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage Equitably in Kenya
    Dr. Edwine Barasa, KEMRI Wellcome Trust
  • State Budget Transfers to Health Insurance Type Schemes to Expand Coverage and Improve Equitable Access for People Outside the Formal Economy
    Inke Mathauer MSc., Ph.D., World Health Organisation
  • UHC And Equity: Budget Questions for Deliberations
    Mokeira Nyagaka, International Budget Partnership, Kenya

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Urban Poverty Forum: Understanding Urban Poverty in Kenya: A Fair Approach to Leaving No One Behind
Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi County

  • Keynote Address
    Dr. Nyangasi Nyangasi, County Government of Mombasa
  • Leave No One Behind: Poorest Population in Kenya
    Angela Kageni, Development Initiatives
  • Inequalities in Urban Areas
    Muungano wa Wanavijiji & Hakijamii
  • Urban Poverty: The Experience of the Urban Poor in Nairobi in Relation to Provision Security and Health Services
    Antonnia Wanjiku, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Nairobi Metropolitan Forum: Addressing Poverty and Marginalization at the County and Regional Level
Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi County

  • Keynote Address: Poverty as a Key Measure of Inequality: Resources Allocated to Address Poverty Through the 1st and 2nd Formula and the Equalisation Fund
    Dr. Jane Kiringai, Commission on Revenue Allocation
  • Understanding the Size and Distribution of Social Welfare Funds in Kenya
    Norah Vivian Magero, International Budget Partnership Kenya

Thursday, 25 October 2018

North Rift Regional Forum: Addressing Marginalization at the County and Regional Level
University of Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County

  • Keynote Address: Poverty as a Key Measure of Inequality: Resources Allocated to Address Poverty Through the 1st and 2nd Formula and the Equalisation Fund
    Dr. Jane Kiringai, Commission on Revenue Allocation
  • Case of Elgeyo Marakwet County
    H.E. Governor, Elgeyo Marakwet County and County Executive Committee Member, Finance and Economic Planning

Friday, 26 October 2018

Coast Regional Forum: Addressing Marginalization at the County and Regional Level
Kenya School of Government, Matuga, Kwale County

  • Keynote Address
    H.E. Governor Salim Mvurya, County Government of Kwale
  • Poverty as a Key Measure of Inequality: Resources Allocated to Address Poverty Through the 1st and 2nd Formula and the Equalisation Fund
    Prof. Edward Oyugi, Commission on Revenue Allocation
Kenya Equity Week 2018
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Kenya Equity Research and Analysis Papers

Kenya Spotlight on Equity Issue Papers

IBP Kenya’s “Spotlight on Equity” issue papers were produced to accompany the events and discussions of Equity Week 2016 and 2017.

Videos: Exploring Kenya’s Inequities

Equity Within Kenya’s Counties

The Hon. Governor Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet County speaks about the steps his county has taken to address intra-county inequality.
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What Does the Data Tell Us About Kenya’s Inequity?

This video discusses the need for accurate, accessible data to inform the conversation on equity in Kenya.
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Understanding Equity vs. Equality in Kenya

To enable informed debate on the concept of equity in Kenya, it is important to understand the history of inequality in the country.
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How are Citizens Organizing to Fight Inequity in Kenya?

This video shows how Kenyan citizens are fighting inequalities in their communities.
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The Role of Deliberations in Exploring Kenya’s Inequities

The events of Equity Week 2017 made it clear that Kenyan citizens understand the inequities around them and are ready to discuss how to achieve an equitable and fair distribution of resources across the country. National and county governments should engage with citizens in discussions that promote conversations around understanding these inequalities and how to allocate resources fairly.
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Has Devolution Improved Equity in Kenya?

There is a long history of unequal access to government services in Kenya. Devolution was meant to change the way resources were distributed. Has the situation improved?
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Kenya Equity Week 2017 Resources & Videos

Equity Week 2017 events focused on equity in health care, equity in infrastructure, and the people’s initiatives towards realizing equity. Download the Equity Week 2017 events program here.

Regional Equity Conference

This session, hosted by the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet, discussed inequalities within counties and the how counties are addressing these issues.
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Women Call for Bolder Steps Towards Equity

This session focused on the ways in which inequality especially affects women and young people across Kenya. Presenters and panelists, led by Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, discussed the causes of inequality and initiatives in place to correct it.
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Equity Week Academy

This session featured an in-depth look at distributional issues at several levels. Professor Yash Pal Ghai from Katiba Institute offered a historical perspective on equity, the Commission on Revenue Allocation discussed the evolving marginalization policy and proposed new guidelines for the Equalization Fund, and IBP Kenya presented their work on the distribution of national
infrastructure funds (roads and water).
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How are Communities Organizing to Fight Inequality?

In this dialogue session, participants discussed how their communities are organizing to fight inequality and catalyze movements toward equity.
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Equity Week 2017 Essay Competition Award Ceremony

Equity Week 2017 featured an essay competition for secondary school students around the theme of equity. The competition was sponsored by IBP Kenya and Kwani Trust.
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Kenya Equity Week 2016 Resources & Videos

Equity Week 2016 was coordinated by the International Budget Partnership Kenya, the Society for International Development, the Katiba Institute, and the Youth Congress. The experiment of taking the discussions on equity out of policy-making circles and creating a platform for more voices provides some useful lessons. Read more at the Open Budgets Blog, or download the Equity Week 2016 Program of Events.

Day 1: Monday, September 19th

Opening Remarks on the Launch of Equity Week: Why Equity?
Dr. Jason Lakin, IBPK
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Keynote Address: Why Equity?
Professor Y. P. Ghai, Katiba Institute
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Comparative Jurisprudence on Equity
Conrad Bosire

Sessional Paper 10: An Assessment
Shem Ochola, Aga Khan Foundation
Moderator: Ali Hersi, Society for International Development
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Highlights from Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, September 20th

International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) Report Launch: Equity or Equality?
Presented by IBPK’s Dr. Jason Lakin, John Kinuthia, and Mokeira Nyagaka
Discussants: John Maritim, Elgeyo Marakwet County Planning; Hon. Thomas Kigen, MCA Elgeyo Marakwet County; and Hon. Farida Ahmed, MCA Kisumu; Hon. Chege Mwaura, County Assemblies Forum

Watch Spotlight on Equity Videos

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Policy Discussion: How Well Does the Current Revenue Sharing Formula Address Equity Principles?
Panelists: Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr.; Lineth Oyugi, Commission on Revenue Allocation; David Achero, Article 19

Highlights from Day 2

Day 3: Wednesday, September 21st

Managing Inequality Globally
Stefano Prato, Society for International Development
Watch “What is Fairness” Video Clip »

Poverty and Inequality in East Africa
Steve Kenei, Development Initiatives

Equity in Education: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Go?
Brezhnev Otieno, Twaweza; Bridge International
Watch “Inequalities in Education” Video Clip »

Film Screening and Discussion: A Measure of Fairness (IBPK 2014)
Presented by IBPK’s Dr. Jason Lakin and John Kinuthia
Moderator: Michael Orwa, Society for International Development
Watch “A Measure of Fairness” Video »

Highlights from Day 3

Day 4: Thursday, September 22nd

Equity Week Academy Presentations:

What Does the Constitution Say About Equity?
Waikwa Wanyoike,  Executive Director, Katiba Institute
Watch “From Equity to Equality” Video Clip »

Theories of Equity
Dr. Solomon Owuoche, University of Nairobi
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Intra-County Inequalities
Dr. Othieno Nyanjom
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Watch “Inequalities in Health in Kenya” Video Clip »

Equity in Health and Healthcare
Dr. Kenneth Munge, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust
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Afrobarometer and Regional Inequalities
Dr. Paul Kamau, University of Nairobi
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Gender and Equity in Kenya
Prof. Wanjiku Kabira, African Women Studies Centre

Social and Economic Rights
Dr. Steven Ouma, Pamoja Trust

Evening Event: What is Fair? Poetry Night
Presented by Kwani? Trust and IBPK

Highlights from Day 4

Day 5: Friday, September 23rd

Community Dialogue Circles
The Youth Congress and Korogocho Community
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Panel Discussions: Fairness, The Youth, and The Road to 2017
Mr. Ezra Chiloba, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and Senator Beatrice Elachi

Highlights from Day 5