Recently, the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta launched revolutionary `Inua Jamii Cash Programme` that is meant the cushion the elderly and most vulnerable in society from persistent harsh economic realities.
The programme is modelled on a conditional cash transfer system that is aimed to utilize Ksh 12 Billion every year.
The president launched the social welfare program in Kenya which is aimed to benefit the extremely poor people in the society. The government of Kenya has been recently launching development programs in Kenya which aim at eliminating poverty, making youths in Kenya productive and ensuring growth of entrepreneurial culture in Kenya.
The Government consolidated multiple intervention programmes into “’lnua Jamii’ – a cash transfer programme for the vulnerable in society” to enhance efficiency and effective coordination. The programme covers the elderly, persons with severe disabilities, orphans & vulnerable children across all constituencies.
The Government first embarked on a clean-up of the beneficiary list through biometric registration to remove undeserving beneficiaries and replace them with deserving ones. As a result, the programme expanded to reach 718,383 beneficiaries up from 227,969 in 2013, an addition of 490,414 new beneficiaries. All beneficiaries are now accessing funds through biometric payment system and NHIF cover is also being rolled out to them.
Inua Jamii has seen over Ksh. 48.55 billion transferred to beneficiaries since 2013. This is up from an average of KSh. 5.5B billion annually to approximately Ksh. 17B annually, a 209% increase. This has led to poverty reduction, economic empowerment and uptake of income generating activities, improved living standards and promoted dignity amongst the vulnerable in society.
The 1.1 million beneficiaries are mainly the elderly and people living with disabilities, registered for government stipends monthly and are drawn from across the country.