United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2018 - 2022)

The Kenya United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022 articulates commitment of the United Nations (UN) to support the people of Kenya realize their development agenda. This UNDAF has been developed in collaboration with the Government of Kenya as the host and key implementing partner among other stakeholders ensuring ownership, and alignment to national and county development priorities.

The UNDAF is anchored on the countries blue print for development, the Vision 2030 and national priorities as outlined in the Medium-Term Plan III, “Big Four Agenda” and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This UNDAF has three Strategic Priority Areas that are aligned to the three MTP III Pillars (Political, Social and Economic) of the Government’s Vision 2030:

1.       Transformational Governance encompassing respect for the rule of law, improved security, and effective implementation of devolution

2.       Human capital development comprised of education, training and learning, health, Multi-sectoral HIV and AIDS response, access to safe water and sanitation, social protection, gender-based violence and violence against children, access to adequate housing and strengthening capacities for addressing disaster and emergencies

3.       Sustainable and inclusive growth focusing on a competitive and sustainable economic growth that is increasingly resilient, green, inclusive, equitable, and creating decent jobs and quality livelihoods for all. The outcomes will support the Government to accelerate the economic transformation of Kenya contributing to an empowered, productive, and healthy nation.

The UNDAF 2018-2022 is building on innovative approaches, strengths, lessons learnt and efforts initiated by the UN, GoK, Counties and development partners in Kenya. As such, the new UNDAF speaks to and intend to advance the UN Secretary General’s agenda on repositioning the UN system. Regarding strategic change and reforms, the new UNDAF will make even greater strides towards, expanding public private partnerships for SDG realization; deepen integrated programming, supporting counties and bordering countries going to the furthest first, to enhance the roots of cohesion and socio-economic transformation.

RC_PresidentH.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and UN Resident Coordinator, Siddharth Chatterjee during the 2016 Annual Review of UNDAF 2014 - 2018 at State House, Nairobi.

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.