Policy Report

Investing in Kenya's People: Valuing the Benefits of the U.S.-Kenya Relationship

Date Published

Jun 17, 2020

Authors

Mihir Prakash, Samantha Custer, Bryan Burgess, Divya Mathew, Mengfan Cheng, Rodney Knight

Publisher

Citation

Prakash, M., Custer, S., Burgess, B., Mathew, D., Cheng, M. and R. Knight. (2020). Investing in Kenya’s People: Valuing the Benefits of the U.S.-Kenya Relationship. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.

Announcement

The United States is an important ally in Kenya’s bid to realize its Vision 2030 development goals, but little information is readily available for Kenyans to assess the value of this partnership. This report is the first to examine the benefits of the U.S.-Kenya partnership to Kenya’s growth and prosperity from a whole-of-society perspective. It finds that the United States collectively contributes an estimated USD 3.05 billion annually (KSH 310 billion) to Kenya’s development. The report draws on a wide range of secondary data sources to quantify direct bilateral and multilateral support; indirect contributions from supportive trade, immigration, and investment policies; and the value of contributions from non-governmental sources, including remittances, foreign direction investment, NGO operations, tourism, private foundations, and microloans and individual donations.

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Mihir Prakash
Policy Analysis

Mihir Prakash

Senior Research Analyst

Samantha Custer
Policy Analysis

Samantha Custer

Director of Policy Analysis

Bryan Burgess
Policy Analysis

Bryan Burgess

Junior Program Manager

Divya Mathew
Policy Analysis

Divya Mathew

Policy Specialist

Mengfan Cheng
Policy Analysis

Mengfan Cheng

Program Manager

Rodney Knight
Policy Analysis

Rodney Knight

Deputy Director of Research

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