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Financing education in Kenya: expenditures, outcomes and the role of international aid

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Colclough, Christopher; Otieno, Wycliffe

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Corporate Editor University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP)
Abstract This paper analyses educational expenditures in Kenya over the past two decades, comparing these with changes in enrolments and outputs from the education system. While there is a direct relationship between public financing policy and participation in education, the positive outcomes in the sector cannot be directly attributed to external aid. Though aid has played its part, the major stimulus to sector improvement has been internal. But the Kenyan experience shows that aid has had an impact on national policy and, at times, Kenya has seemed to change its policy objectives in order to access aid. Though a strong economy by African standards, Kenya's continued reliance on external support is inevitable if its ambitious objectives in the education sector are to be upheld.
Keywords Kenya; Africa; education system; funding; returns on education; educational policy; school enrollment; international aid
Classification Macroanalysis of the Education System, Economics of Education, Educational Policy
Method empirical
Free Keywords international aid; financing education; education outcomes; access; equity; quality; education policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Cambridge
Page/Pages 95 p.
Series RECOUP Working Papers
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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