Our work in Kenya

Oxfam Denmark is strengthening alliances of civil society, youth, women, communities, and journalists in Kenya in order to fight inequality.

80.000 people

suffering from the drought and food crisis are supported by Oxfam Denmark.

5 civil society coalitions

are supported by Oxfam Denmark to push for democracy and justice.

10 percent of Kenyans

earn more than the bottom 90 percent of the population.

5 percent of Kenya’s GDP

is invested in education. This is far below average in Africa.

The concentration of political and economic power among a small elite combined with widespread and unsustainable extraction of natural resources has led to conflicts, poverty, and loss of economic opportunities - especially among local communities, youth, and women.

Oxfam Denmark will strengthen alliances of civil society, youth, women, communities, and journalists to advocate for concrete progressive tax policies and propose alternatives to economic austerity measures. Together with partner organisations we will actively influence tax revenues being invested in equal access to public education, public health care, gender justice and the green transition.

Oxfam Denmark strengthens local communities’ actions and response to climate change and support civil society’s advocacy for increased climate financing and green transition plans at both local and national level.

The impact of climate change and the extreme unequal access to quality public education undermine sustainable development and people’s equal participation in democratic decision-making.

Our goals in Kenya

  • Increase progressive taxation and better social spending influenced by civil society alliances, citizen’s groups, and media
  • Improving education based on advocacy for stronger financing of public education and a better policy framework for quality and gender-transformative education
  • Improving financing and policies on climate justice and implementation of climate initiatives and practices at a local level
  • Providing humanitarian aid including cash transfers for food, access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

We support broad civil society coalitions to advocate for improved quality and financing of public education in Kenya and we actively campaign against the privatization of the school system.

Oxfam Denmark is also engaging in humanitarian responses to strengthen the resilience of local communities to the food and drought crisis and to push for an improvement of local and national level preparedness to future crisis and emergencies.

The hunger and food crisis in Kenya and East Africa are fueled by climate change, COVID-19 and economic inequality, and worsening day by day. Oxfam is calling on all donors to urgently fill the UN humanitarian appeal and to get funds as quickly as possible to local humanitarian organisations.
Gabriela Bucher
Executive Director, Oxfam International

Facts about Kenya

  • 68 percent of Kenya’s national budget is spent on debt service
  • 15.9 million Kenyans live in poverty
  • 5% of GDP is invested in education, among the lowest in Africa
  • 2.9 million people are in urgent need of aid due to the drought and food crisis