How feasible is the Housing component of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda?

How feasible is the Housing component of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda?

Does the Government of Kenya have the capacity to deliver on the Housing Component of the Big Four Agenda?


The Big Four Agenda was announced to the nation by president Uhuru Kenyatta during his Jamhuri Day Speech on December 12, 2017. The four components of this agenda include growing the contribution of manufacturing to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 15%, delivering 1 million affordable and social housing units; ensuring food security, and achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) by 2022.

In his keynote address during the 5th Annual Devolution Conference in April 2018, president Kenyatta urged county governments to realign their development plans to contribute towards the achievement of the Agenda, including the provision of affordable and social housing.

While the Budget Policy Statement for 2018/19 directed all government ministries, departments and agencies to realign their spending and investments towards the achievement of the Big Four Agenda Plan, the resources required to deliver on the agenda have not been computed and spread over the five years up to 2022, raising doubts over how much is needed, and whether such a plan is actually feasible.

Therefore the question is, can the national and county governments deliver 1 million housing units by 2022 as envisioned in the Big Four Agenda?

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