Taxing for a more equal Kenya

A five-point plan to tackle inequality

Poor drainage, waste management and poor road conditions are some of the problems faced by the community in most of Nairobi's slums. Allan Gichigi / Oxfam
Paper author: 
Oxfam in Kenya
Paper publication date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The number of super-rich in Kenya is one of the fastest growing in the world. Recently available data shows that in 2005 the richest 10% of Kenyans earned 38% of total income. However, while a minority of super-rich Kenyans are accumulating wealth and income, the fruits of economic growth are failing to trickle down to the poorest. But extreme inequality is not inevitable, it is a matter of political choice.

This report recommends a five-point plan that the Kenyan government could use to end extreme inequality in the country.