In 2010 Kenyans went en masse to the polls to vote for a new constitution - an event which altered the country forever. Today, having earned its status as a middle-income country; as well as East Africa’s largest economy, Kenya is one of the continent’s biggest success stories.
Yet the country’s road to rebirth - shadowed by a history of ethnic land grievances and political violence - is riddled with hurdles. An economy struggling to keep up with rapid population growth has seen more than a third of youth eligible for work go jobless. Kenya's water and sanitation crisis is escalating - 70 per cent of Kenyans do not have access to a hygienic household toilet with illness and disease rife. In rural areas, the backbone of African livelihoods, women and girls are left behind - denied equal property and inheritance rights and at added risk of violence and harmful cultural practices.
Climate change is the next big threat. In fact, it is right here with us. Back-to-back drought, floods and a locust upsurge have diminished food security and aggravated existing vulnerabilities across the country. Maize, Kenya’s main food crop, has all but been wiped out - with little means to revive it.