Lack of Textile Industry in Kenya - WebQuest

Ms. Blackburn


Introduction: Explore this video on the Lack of a Textile Industry in Kenya to help provide context on the current social and economic situation in the region. Then, examine the historical context below.


Economic history shows that the clothing and textile industry played an important role in the

industrialization of today’s developed countries. This is because of the industry’s unique

characteristics of being labor intensive and its links with other sectors of the economy such

as agriculture. More strongly, it has been even suggested that developing countries wishing

to industrialize should begin with clothing and textile industries, studies indicate. Last year,

Al Jazeera, had just read the fact that Kenya looks to boost the local textile industry. However,

it highlighted the impediments out surfaced in this sector in Kenya. Second-hand clothing

donations are creating a dilemma for the Kenyan economy and the growing trend of imported

second hand clothing.

Government figures show that in 2014, second hand clothing contributed $95m to the Kenyan economy that grew to $128m dollars by 2016. Following the Economic activity being notably subdued in the first quarter of 2019, relative to the performance recorded in the same quarter of 2018. During the period, the economy expanded by 5.6 per cent compared to 6.5 per cent in the corresponding quarter of 2018 according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. The growth, albeit significantly slower than that of the first quarter of 2018, was mostly supported by growth in the service sector industries such as wholesale and retail trade, transportation, accommodation and food services, financial and insurance activity.



Task: In your cooperative learning groups, create a policy memo that addresses what the United Nations and international community should do to bolster Kenya’s textile industry and economic prosperity.



Process: Work through the following steps to successfully create your policy memo.


  1. Create group roles

Score Keeper





Share your document with group members


Write down ideas shared in your group

Keep all group members focused on the task


Keep track of time remaining to complete activities

Make sure everyone’s voice is heard, everyone says something, everyone is listened to, everyone contributes


Make sure everyone has completed assignment, no one gets left behind, Checks that directions, and process makes sense to everyone


Take on a second role if a group-mate is absent

Handles all requests or questions to teacher (when group can’t help themselves)


Shares what the group’s conclusions and discoveries with the class


  2. Define the problem - This step has been completed for you.


  1. Gathering Evidence - Use the resource list below to help you gather evidence for your policy memo.

Reminder on how to structure a Policy Memo

United Nations Innovative Business Practices and Economic Models in the Textile Value Chain

Battling the damaging effects of ‘fast fashion’

Kenya focusses on textile, leather sectors to generate employment



  1. Identifying the Causes - Explore our notes and your AP World History textbook on the Consequences of Imperialism (Unit 6) as well as Globalization (Unit 9).


  1. Evaluate an Existing Policy - This is an exciting topic because it is history in the making! Explore the current UN policy, but know that it is not comprehensive, nor complete.





Policy Memo Rubric









Causes and Effects

The policy memo has clearly articulated the causes and effects of the lack of a textile industry in Kenya

The policy memo has vaguely articulated the causes and effects of the lack of a textile industry in Kenya

The policy memo has causes and effects of the lack of a textile industry in Kenya listed in the policy memo, but has failed to connect them to information from the research sources

The policy memo is unable to explain causes and effects of the lack of a textile industry in Kenya


Proposed Policy

The policy memo contains thorough explanations of proposed policy changes

The policy memo contains vague explanations of the proposed policy changes

The policy memo is unable to clearly explain the proposed policy changes

The policy memo is unable to explain reasons the proposed policy changes




The policy memo is well written with few or no errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization

The policy memo is well written but includes some errors in grammar and spelling

The policy memo is written with complete sentences, but contains too many errors in verb tense, agreement, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization

The policy memo contains serious errors in sentences structure and mechanics



Conclusion: On behalf of the United Nations, I would like to commend your efforts in designing a policy memo to ensure that Kenya is able to increase the size and output of its textile industry. This will be a huge step for Kenya to gain economic independence from global superpowers such as China. These skills of collaborating as a team, conducting your own research, and developing action steps will serve you well in future endeavors. You should be proud of yourselves!





Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.



Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.



Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.



Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.