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Taxing for a More Equal Kenya: A five-point action plan to tackle inequality

Taxing for a More Equal Kenya: A five-point action plan to tackle inequality
78 pages

Authors
Ngina Mutava, Catherine
Wanjala, Bernadette

Publication date
06 Dec 2017

DOI
10.21201/2017.1190

ISBN
978-1-78748-119-0

Publisher
Oxfam

Type
Briefing paper

Extreme inequality is out of control in Kenya. Less than 0.1% of the population (8,300 people) own more wealth than the bottom 99.9% (more than 44 million people). Tackling inequality could help to lift millions out of poverty, secure sustainable economic growth and bring the country together. Inequality is not inevitable and the government can reduce it to sustainable levels. This report argues that If Kenya increased its tax-to-GDP ratio by 3 percentage points in 2014 it could have raised enough additional funds to ensure quality healthcare for all Kenyans. By delivering on Oxfam’s five-point action plan to tax and spend effectively, the government would ensure a more equal and prosperous future for all Kenyans.

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