Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich (middle), Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASAL Areas Mr. Eugene Wamalwa (left) and the UN Resident Representative Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee display the signed UNDAF and first year work plan during the UNDAF launch in Nairobi.

 

On 26 June 2018, the Government of Kenya and UN Kenya signed the UN Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF) for 2018-2022, with the UN pledging to increase resources by about 65% over the next five years to support the Government achieve its national priorities.

The UNDAF was jointly signed by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASAL Areas Mr. Eugene Wamalwa and the UN Resident Representative Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee.

The UNDAF will guide UN support in the country over the next five years and marks a significant new chapter of Government and UN partnership.

It responds to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposition for delivering towards the Big Four through a framework of cooperation and coordination, and a focus on the strategic issues of development that matter most to Kenyans.

Between 2018 and 2022, the 21 specialized UN agencies as well as the World Bank and IMF based in Kenya will contribute about US$2 billion to implement the new UNDAF.  The just-ended 2014-2018 had a budget of about US$ 1.2 billion.

The new UNDAF is a result of the intensive consultations with participation from different national stakeholders including line ministries, county governments, private sector and civil society.  Over 100 institutions were involved in review of the UNDAF, which is designed to support the government to deliver on the new Mid-term Plan III, the Big 4 and Vision 2030.

At the core of the implementation strategy of the UNDAF is the Delivering as One focus, a deliberate move to entrench coherence in messaging and impact of all UN agencies in the country, as well as optimising on available resources for effectiveness.

“Agenda 2030, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals is an ambitious global undertaking, and the Government appreciates the partnership with the UN in Kenya as we focus on promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources in the next five years,” said CS Henry Rotich.

UN Resident Coordinator Mr Siddharth Chatterjee said that the rolling out of devolution, with its mission of progressive distribution of resources towards the farthest first, set a Kenya ahead in the SDG clarion call of Leaving No One Behind.

“This UNDAF is a commitment from the UN in Kenya to not only replace fragmentation with cohesion but also to support the Government in its pledge to move those at the periphery to the centre, in order to achieve progress for all Kenyans,” said Mr. Chatterjee.

“All the outcomes in this UNDAF, whose achievements will be evaluated every year, are designed to be strategic enablers for making the Big Four a reality.   The UN in Kenya has its sleeves rolled up for ensuring that Kenyan families are protected from crippling medicare bills, that no Kenyan goes to bed hungry, that there is access to affordable homes and that the manufacturing sector is expanded to provide more jobs for our youth, he said.

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is a strategic, medium term results framework that guides the UN in aligning its programmes and comparative advantage to national development priorities.  It is therefore aligned with national planning cycles, and its implementation is overseen by a Joint Steering Committee headed by the Government.The strategic areas – Transformative Governance, Human Capital Development and Sustainable Development - have been prioritised in the new UNDAF, with the UN agencies and the Government projecting to have tangible impact on Kenyans across 14 outcomes.

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