Military Expenditure (As % of GDP) in Kenya

Military expenditure as a share of GDP reached 1.23 % in 2017 in Kenya, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 7.53 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Kenya reached an all time high of 5.50 % in 1979 and an all time low of 0.206 % in 1963. When compared to Kenya's main peers, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Ethiopia amounted to 0.660 %, 1.14 % in Tanzania and 1.68 % in Uganda in 2017.

Kenya has been ranked 92nd within the group of 146 countries we follow in terms of military expenditure as a share of GDP, 13 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.


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