Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home AfricaBib Go to database home

bibliographic database
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Patterns and determinants of poverty transitions among poor urban households in Nairobi, Kenya
Editor:Mberu, Blessing UchennaISNI
Periodical:African Development Review (ISSN 1467-8268)
Geographic term:Kenya
urban households
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8268.12073
Abstract:The paper analyses the patterns and determinants of household transitions into and out of poverty among the urban poor in two Nairobi informal settlements in Kenya between 2006 and 2009. The authors find worsening household poverty over time, with the proportion of poor households increasing from 51.2 percent in 2006 to 54.9 percent by the end of 2009. Over the period, 34.5 percent of households remained in chronic poverty, 20.4 percent fell into poverty, 16.7 percent successfully escaped poverty and 28.4 percent fully remained out of poverty. They identify residences some of which are slum housing, the gender and marital status of the heads of household, their level of education, their consistency of engagement in formal employment, household size, and the incidence of births within a household as key determinants of household poverty transitions. Their results underscore the need for anti-poverty policy options around the provision of economic opportunities, addressing disadvantages of female-headed households, promoting access to at least secondary education, smaller household norms and birth control among the urban poor. While the outcomes are consistent with some national trends, the need for a re-design and implementation of slum and sub-group specific anti-poverty policies is evident. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]