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Corruption in Kenya

Kenya has barely started to recover from the effects of its last drought in 2006, now the next disaster threatens. In the past two years, there has been too little rainfall in the country's rural low-lying regions. Read more! (2009)

The last rainy season failed completely. The devastating consequences are severe crop failure, overuse of grazing land and a lack of drinking water supplies for the population. Furthermore, conflicts triggered by the water shortage are also on the increase. As with most disasters, the causes of the famine in Kenya are complex. The climate change is quite possibly key to the increasingly frequent droughts. But the natural causes are also accompanied by political, economic and social factors.

A complex mixture of corruption, the consequences of political crises, the riots following the last elections and the still comparatively high food prices in Kenya are preventing effective drought management. This fact makes one thing particularly clear: to guarantee sustainable disaster prevention in Kenya, action has to be taken on all levels. On the one hand, donors need to invest in sustainable rural development to cushion the effects of climate change. On the other hand, Kenya itself must get to grips with the corruption of its politicians and systematically enforce existing and effective approaches in its development policy. Before this occurs, donors should support the country more intensively through civil society organisations. 

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