During the workshop, findings from two papers by PEP researchers were presented. The first, a “Poverty profile of Muthithi Location, Murang’a County” found that 37.9% of the population are living in poverty. The team’s analysis shows that the poor have low levels of education, large families and travel further to market compared to the non-poor. The Director of Planning for Murang’a County explained how these research findings will inform county planning decisions.
The second study presented, “Youth unemployment and entrepreneurship in Muthithi Location, Murang’a County,” analyzes the nature of youth unemployment and poverty in Murang’a County, Kenya, and assesses how entrepreneurship can be used to address this issue. The research team developed a Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) to track the different dimensions of poverty and other indicators on employment and entrepreneurship to inform policy across Kenya. The team’s findings indicate that 12.87% of youth in Muthithi Location are unemployed and 12.45% are self-employed. The Youth Director for Murang’a County explained how the Youth Ministry will use the findings from this study.
As well as officials from Murang’a County Youth and Planning departments, the attendance comprise local Muthithi leaders, Muthithi Community representatives, Youth and Planning department representatives from other counties, development partners including the IDRC and UNDP, and NGOs including World Concern.