South-South in Action: UNOSSC Social Protection Systems – The Case of Kenya

By March 18, 2019 October 12th, 2020 South South in Action

This report is part of a joint initiative of the Office of South-South Cooperation-Africa and key Government of Kenya stakeholders in the social protection sector.

Discussions around the need for social and human dimensions in the ‘triumphant’ capitalist era, gave some impetus to some progressive leaders in the South. President Lula of Brazil, by developing policies that catered to social sectors proved to the contrary that sound economic policies accommodate if not benefit from social and humane policies. Many African countries felt emboldened by the success of the Brazilian model and sent delegations to Brazilia to learn from their experience; South-South Cooperation at its best.

Kenya embraced the fever and mood of the revival of social protection ideals to rethink, reenergize and modernize its social protection policy framework. It has been, in Africa, at the fore-front of this silent revolution of ‘national solidarity for national prosperity’.

 The Kenyan model of Social Protection is adapting and constantly integrating new dimensions. The latest is the current piloting of the Universal Basic Income experiment and more importantly the collaboration between the government and the private sector. This publication of the Kenyan model aims at sharing with other countries of the South what can and cannot work, considering several constraints common but also unique to several African countries.