By Chris Shisanya, Kenyatta University
The ASALs make up to 89% of the Kenya with approximately 38% Kenya’s Population. This region is home to more than 90% of the wildlife game that supports the tourism industry and contributes 12% of Kenya’s GDP. It hosts 70% of the national livestock herd with an estimated value of Ksh.70 billion. The area has an enormous potential for renewable energy (both solar and wind) and other natural resources. It is strategically located for regional trade and social cultural relations with Somalia, Ethiopia, and South Sudan and Uganda among other advantages. In spite of these advantages, the region continues to have the lowest development indicators and the highest incidences of poverty in the country.