REMARKS BY PROFESSOR MURUNGARU KIMANI, DIRECTOR, PSRI DURING THE MEDIA BRIEFING ON THE STATE OF KENYA POPULATION REPORT 2015 AT THE KIWI MILIMANI HOTEL ON MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 2015

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Mr. Nyakwara, Representing Dr. Jesephine Kibaru, Director General, NCPD,

Ms. Judy Kunyiha, Representing the  Country Representative, UNFPA Kenya Country Office

Ms. Cecilia Kimemia, UNFPA

Members of the Press,

PSRI academic staff,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Let me begin by indicating how delighted I am mainly for two reasons. First this is our final activity in the 2015 AWP with UNFPA that we are implementing and which implies that we have undertaken all the activities that we were supposed to under our agreement with UNFPA. I would therefore like to thank the PSRI staff who have been involved in the implementation of these activities. The other reason which makes me happy is because of the increasing institutionalization of the process of preparing the State of Kenya Population report. Although the preparation of the first report dates back to 2008, it is the first time that PSRI is involved as an institution although many of us have been involved in our individual capacities in the preparation of these previous reports. Involvement of institutions other than individual has several advantages including sustainability and capacity building. We therefore expect that the future process of preparing the State of Kenya Population report will be much easier and more effective. 

 

The State of the Kenya Population Report since 2008 has attempted to domesticate the international theme. The theme for 2015 is ‘Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies’. The Kenyan Report focuses on natural disasters, conflicts and insecurity and displacements. Over 50 million are displaced by natural disasters and armed conflicts in the world and have been increasing in the last decade. In the first half of 2015 138 disasters occurred in 68 countries with over 15,000 deaths and affecting more than 15 million. Their occurrence has attracted the attention of the international community the most recent being the Third UN Conference in Sendai in Japan in March 2015.

 

The situation in the world is also reflected in Kenya. Seventy-two (72) disasters occurred in Kenya between 2000-2015 with drought having the greatest effect. Kenya has nearly one million displaced persons (Refugees 550,000 and IDPs 310,000). While progress has been made in institutionalizing the management of disasters and conflicts, the institutional framework remains weak. In addition the documentation of those in disasters and conflicts is limited and needs to be strengthened.

 

Besides domesticating the theme of the world population report the Kenya version of the report should also bring out aspects that are relevant to Kenya. This report has annexed the recent information released in the 2015 KDHS which shows disparities in demographic situation within the counties which should be bridged if the objectives in the current population policy are to be attained.

 

Once again we are grateful to UNFPA for the financial support which has facilitated the preparation of this report and to NCPD for the coordination in its preparation. We look forward to the continuation of these roles in the preparation of the 2016 report.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

Speech Type: 
Other Key Events
Office: 
Director
Date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015
Author: 
Director, PSRI

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