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KIPPRA held a one day workshop on Inequalities, Social Cohesion and Youth Unemployment in Kenya in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Office of the Prime Minister at the KICC on 26th February, 2013. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the findings of two studies conducted by KIPPRA on Youth Unemployment, Underemployment and Decent Work in Kenya and Inequalities and Social Cohesion in Kenya: Evidence and Policy Implications.
The study on Youth Unemployment, Underemployment and Decent Work in Kenya indicated that inactivity, unemployment and underemployment are challenges facing the labour force with the youth constituting 70% of the unemployed. Among the employed, a majority are in the private sector and most of the jobs were of poor quality. On Inequalities and Social Cohesion in Kenya, the study established that there were large social inequalities in Kenya and these inequalities were correlated to social cohesion. Building of trust across groups was a key channel of promoting social cohesion.
Participants were drawn from government Ministries and SAGAs, development partners and the private sector. Government ministries included the Ministries of Labour, Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Public Works, Youth Affairs and Sports, and Science and Technology. Other participants included the Public Service Commission, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute, JICA, USAID and private sector umbrella bodies (KEPSA and APSEA).
Prof. Hiroyuki Hino, Advisor to Kenya's Prime Minister, observed that National Cohesion, Ethnicity and Values were not static but dependent on the state of the economy. He pointed out that there was need for more research on the underlying causes of animosity and inequalities between different groups for instance, the poor versus the rich as well as among various groups of the youth.