Social security refers to a group of initiatives, plans and regulations designed to provide households and people with protection, especially during difficult or vulnerable times. Kenya’s social security system aims at ensuring that individuals have access to things that enhance their quality of life, well-being and ability to receive essential services and financial support. A multitude of social and economic challenges including retirement, healthcare, disability, unemployment and poverty alleviation are addressed through social security programs and projects.

There are different programmes and schemes that help in promoting social security in Kenya. This article will shed light on the different types of social security schemes providing retirement benefits in Kenya, how they operate, the type of benefits they offer, the regulator of the social security schemes, the functions they carry out and the different government initiatives in providing social security.

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