As regards to surface area, Marsabit is Kenya’s largest region but at the same time it is one of the poorest, with almost 92% of the population living below the poverty line of USD 1.90 per day. Until recently, the Kenyan authorities hardly paid attention to this region, because of its secluded location, the rough desert-like environment and the limited opportunities for economic activity.
Investments and energy projects
Decentralisation, the introduction of autonomous regions within the so-called county system as well as the arrival of large foreign investments for prestigious energy projects, have given a substantial boost to the region’s development. Thanks to the autonomous regional government, significant improvements in public facilities have been made, in terms of infrastructure, medical services and education.
Do the 183,520 children benefit from the developments or not?
The question is whether the estimated 183,520 children in the area benefit from the developments, or if they have possibly become even more vulnerable to exploitation, for example because of the increased need for cheap labour. The results of the investigation will determine if Terre des Hommes will expand its programmes against child exploitation here.