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Utafiti Sera: social protection in Kenya

This African Policy Dialogue aims at ensuring that research evidence on social protection is used to inform policy.

Although researchers in Kenya seek to influence social protection policies and programmes with the knowledge that they generate, they face challenges ensuring that policy-makers use their evidence.

The proposed solution is to transform evidence generation and policy uptake processes through Utafiti Sera, a community of researchers, policy-makers, policy practitioners and users. Utafiti Sera aims at ensuring that research evidence on social protection becomes available and is used to inform policy decisions and practices.


  • To sustain a vibrant policy knowledge community on social protection in Kenya
  • To generate new and synthesize existing research evidence on social protection programmes and make them available to policy-makers and practitioners
  • To engage key policy-makers and practitioners through direct contact, policy advocacy and the use of issue champions
Planned activities
  • Map existing studies on social protection in Kenya, February-March 2016
  • Organize two forums to discuss specific social protection issues that demand attention in the country, April and August 2016
  • Prepare a video documentary on the impact of cash transfer programmes, March-June 2016
  • Publish two articles on social protection in Kenyan newspapers, May and September 2016
  • Develop two policy briefs and infographics, April and September 2016
  • Write a blog, July 2016
  • Organize two breakfast meetings with policy actors on social protection, March and September 2016
  • Support the Ministry of Labour and East African Affairs and Ministry of Devolution and Planning to develop guidelines on social policy and social protection at the county level, February-October 2016
Lead organisation: Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)

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  • Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP)
  • African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
  • African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD)
  • Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training
  • Civil society organizations implementing social protection programmes in Kenya (Oxfam, World Vision, Action Aid, HelpAge International, Care Kenya, Save the Children)
  • Development Initiatives
  • Development partners (World Bank, UNICEF, ILO, DFID, SIDA, WFP, AfDB , among others)
  • Institute for Development Studies and School of Economics, University of Nairobi
  • Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)
  • Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS)
  • Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya
  • Ministry of Labour and East African Affairs, Kenya
  • Nation Media Group
  • National Economic and Social Council (NESC)
  • National Social Security Fund (NSSF)
  • Parliamentary Service Commission
  • Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)
  • Payment service providers (KCB and Equity Bank)
  • Select Committee on Social Policy and Social Protection
  • Selected county governments

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