This country study feeds into the work of a Task Force established to assess how Sweden's development assistance, in a more efficient and effective manner, can contribute to the developing countries' own efforts towards sustained poverty reduction. In the case of Kenya the political dimension has been singled out as particularly pertinent. Is the Kenya Government seriously committed to its own policies, statements and declarations related to poverty-reduction? To what extent has the Government demonstrated in practice that it has the political will to attack poverty on a broad front, or does mere rhetoric predominate? What are the political and economic prerequisites for success in achieving ambitious objectives with regard to poverty? Answers to these questions are ventured in this report.

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