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Intergenerational equity in Kenyan social security and poverty reduction

Samuel Mwangi, Miami University

This paper discusses the structure, features, coverage, funding/contributions, and benefits paid under the current social security system in Kenya in an effort to establish existence of intergenerational equity. After establishing existence of intergenerational equity in social security, it will become evident that social security, pensions, and social protection are useful vehicles for poverty reduction. The most vulnerable households to poverty are identified to include the older persons, pastoralists, persons with disabilities, households headed by females without formal education, households headed by children, casual laborers, HIV/AIDS orphans, street families, slum dwellers, and unemployed youths. It is not uncommon that some of these households have an older adult aged 60 years and above. The findings will be useful for policy recommendations on structural, administrative, organizational, and funding changes to social security in Kenya as a means of poverty reduction among all generations.

Presented in Poster Session 3