Socio-economic atlas to help in planning – Waiguru

November 10, 2014 4:15 pm

, WAIGURU-ATLASNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru on Monday launched a national socio-economic atlas that will guide both national and county governments in their development agenda.

Waiguru says the atlas will provide reliable information down to the sub-location to ensure decisions are based on sound analysis.

Speaking to journalists during the launch, Waiguru said it provides comprehensive statistical data that ranges from diversity of communities, poverty levels per county and education levels.

“The launch of the socio-economic atlas report is just but one of many reports that are scheduled to be released by the bureau to inform policy makers at different levels of governance and development partners,” she stated.

“It is expected that we should take advantage of the information available to inform our programmes.”

It also shows how resources have been distributed across the country, information she says will help policy makers when deciding where to initiate various development plans.

She said the atlas also depicts levels of poverty and natural resources, saying this will help in ensuring that there is equitable distribution of resources at all levels.

“The atlas has an ambitious dissemination plan up to the lowest devolved unit,” she pointed out.

One area of great interest the atlas provides data on is about the rate of orphan-hood of children under the age of 15 years.

“The rate is highest in Siaya County with 4.5pc of about 376,000 children under age of 15 having lost both their parents.”

Elgeyo Marakwet has the least levels at 0.34pc, representing about 600 orphaned children.

On population under 18 years, it states that 19.1 million representing 50.1pc of Kenya’s population falls under the category.

“By global standards, this is a high value, and it means that half the population has to raise and educate the other half,” it states.


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