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The Unrelenting Persistence of Certain Narratives: An Analysis of Changing Policy Narratives about the ASALs in Kenya

Kenya cannot achieve its development targets
unless there are appropriate investments in the Arid
and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). Covering two-thirds
of the country, the ASALs can make a significant
contribution to national development and the
failure to integrate them into the national economy
is perhaps being the main reason for the failure
of national development since independence.
Investing in the ASALs is now a constitutional
imperative and the institutional foundations for
their integration into national development are now
in place. What remains to be overcome are the
persistent negative narratives that have traditionally
held back their development, and for all concerned
actors to translate the policy reforms into actual
benefits for the ASALs and the country as a whole.

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Michael Ochieng Odhiambo, 2014, The Unrelenting Persistence of Certain Narratives: An Analysis of Changing Policy Narratives about the ASALs in Kenya. IIED Country Report. IIED, London.