A Critical Discussion of I.L.O. Report on Employment in Kenya (Review Article)

David G. Davies

Abstract


The recent I.L.O. Report on Employment in Kenya [1] has drawn
considerable informal acclaim from a variety of sources including
officials of the Kenya Government and of a number of donor agencies.
This acclaim is unquestionably deserved, for the I.L.O. mission and its
chiefs, Professors Hans Singer and Richard Jolly, accomplished, in just
a few months, the seemingly impossible task of writing a highly readable
report analysing problems in Kenya in terms and at a level of
sophistication acceptable not only to the academic community but to
donors and to the Government of Kenya as well. The purpose of this paper
is to sound a discordant note and, I hope, a timely one. As this paper
is being written, the Government of Kenya is in the process of
concluding a lengthy and thoughtful analysis of the I.L.O. Report and of
formulating a sessional paper on employment which provides not only an
official response to the report but outlines the Government of Kenya's
policies toward unemployment as well. Donor agencies, having adopted the
report as near gospel on a number of Kenya's problems, anxiously await
the sessional paper and positive action on the part of the Government
which may generate some aid business and, not incidentally, contribute
to corrective reforms.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v12i3pp.283-292

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