Kenya’s Complex and Vibrant Religious Landscape: Features and Prospects

Author: Katherine Marshall

August 31, 2017

Kenya’s vibrant and diverse religious communities and institutions are omnipresent throughout the country, playing complex roles in daily life. Deep involvement in health, education, and social protection are notable examples. Structured dialogue among religious actors and with other communities about development issues is, however, fragmented. More purposeful engagement, both locally and at a national level, focused on specific topics, could support better harmonized and more effective development programs and help in addressing social and political conflicts. This brief draws on the March 2017 report "Faith and Development in Focus: Kenya" to provide an overview of Kenya’s religious communities, with a focus on their development-related activities.

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