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Angela Okune's picture
January 12, 2021

This quote from page 11 strikes me for two reasons:

1) It names citizens as "people" once -- applauding their creativity, work ethic, education and entrepreneurial skills -- then refers to them as "human resources" "to be managed, rewarded and steered" to perform efficiently and productively in/for global labor markets.

2) it implicitly echoes a dominant discourse in international development that Kenya's education system is inadequate and therefore Kenyans gain skills "on the job" rather than in university.


"Kenya aims to create a globally competitive and adaptive human resource base to meet the requirements of Vision 2030. Kenya’s main potential lies in its people – their creativity, work ethic, education their entrepreneurial and other skills. To ensure significant and consistent results, the human resources was to be managed, rewarded and steered to develop global competitiveness. The capacity to utilise knowledge and information in design, production and marketing of traditional exports was be enhanced to ensure success in developing competitiveness. This was then expected to result in quality human resources in health care, education, and training on improving work performance. Kenya’s global competitiveness was dependent on the ability to create a human resource base that would be constantly subjected to re-training and access to technological learning within employment. These specific human resources would then play a major role in contributing not only to efficiency gains in existing economic activities, but also in diversifying economic sectors and activities in order to realise productivity gains." (page 11)

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