Launch of the Study on Middle ClassPost Date: 2016-12-15
Nairobi, Kenya, 15th December 2016 - Discussions about the the middle class in developing countries tend to focus on its potential to strengthen democracy in the respective countries. The evidence for this lacks a sound basis because not all democracies have had a significant middle class and some countries with a large middle class are not democracies. Although democratization does not solely depend on the existence of a middle class, there is some evidence for the potential of the middle class to contribute substantially to the process. For Kenya, a country with a growing middle class that is not fully democratic, it is a claim worth investigating.
Launch of Policy Brief on State of the Implementation of the Micro and Small Enterprises Act 2012Post Date: 2015-09-30
Nairobi, Kenya, 30th September 2015 – Kenya’s informal sector largely comprising of workers in Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), employs millions of adult Kenyans. In an effort to promote, develop and regulate the sector, the Micro and Small Enterprise Act 2012 embodies the needs of small businesses. According to the Institute of Economic Affairs and KENASVIT while reviewing the state of the MSE Act 2012, the law is yet to be fully implemented. Small business owners want the government to expedite the implementation of the Act and more importantly set up the MSE fund as provided for in Section 51 of the Act.
Launch of the Open Budget Survey 2015Post Date: 2015-09-10
Nairobi, Kenya, 10th September 2015 – Kenya failed to increase the amount of national budget information it provides to citizens enough to be considered sufficiently transparent, according to the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey 2015. The report, the fifth of its kind, is the world’s only independent, comparative survey of budget transparency, citizen participation, and independent oversight institutions in the budgeting process. Combined these components are the main pillars of accountable budget systems.