How to understand inequality in Kenya

How to understand inequality in Kenya

Inequality is not only the income gap between the rich and poor. It entails differences in access to education, health, access and enjoyment of political rights and representation.

 

 

There are three foundational issues that need to be understood for a debate on inequality to be useful. First, there is the distinction between poverty and inequality. These are distinct but related concepts. Poverty entails the inability of a person to afford the basic needs for living. It is therefore a measure of the levels of well-being seen from the perspective of a pre-defined threshold, the so-called poverty line. Inequality entails the differences in well-being, that is, how distinct are two people or families, one from the other, whether poor or rich.

Secondly,  inequality does not just mean the income gap between the rich and poor. It entails differences in access to education, health, access and enjoyment of political rights and representation.

 

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