Amanda Robinson, an assistant professor in the department of political science of the U.S. Ohio State University, told an urbanization forum in Nairobi that in Kenya urban areas were mostly considered as temporary places for work during an individual’s productive life.

“The rural linkages can serve as a network of resources in case of retirement, of economic difficulties or of failure of the urban endeavor,” Robinson said during the release of a report on Rural Urban Linkages in Kenya.

“Connection to rural communities also creates a right to demand public goods in the urban area associated with an ethnic group,” Robinson said.

She said that an overwhelming majority of Nairobi residents planned to retire in their ancestral home villages.

“However, those who have been raised by single mothers are most likely to consider Nairobi as a retirement place due to the patriarchal nature of society where men control land,” she said.

The researcher said that most urban residents in Kenya sent funds for investment back in the rural areas.

According to the researcher, most urban residents don’t consider it a burden when they provide financial support to relatives in rural areas because it is considered as a form of long term investment.

She said that most urban residents also maintain connection to their rural village because they prefer to be buried in their ancestral homes. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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