Two milestone agreements to spur development in Kenya and the Horn of Africa


TOP: Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Treasury, Henry Rotich and Ethiopia's Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Development Affairs, Kassa Teklebrhan exchange copies of the signed agreement amid applause by Kenya's Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed, EU Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Stefano Dejak, Director, Resource Mobilization, National Treasure and the President of Oromia Regional H.E. Lemma Megersa. BOTTOM, L-R: Representative of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) for Ethiopia, WHO Ethiopia Country Director Miriam Maluwa, RC for Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee, Kenya's CS for Treasury Henry Rotich, Marsabit Governor H.E. Ukur Yatani and Ethiopia's Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Development Affairs, Kassa Teklebrhan exchange copies of the signed agreement.

The Government of Kenya and the United Nations have entered into two key partnerships that have the potential of promoting peace and development in the country and the region. The Cross Border Programme for Sustainable Peace and Socio-Economic Development: Marsabit County, Kenya – Borana/Dawa Zones, Ethiopia and the Turkana Transformation Multi Partners Trust Fund both aim at unlocking the economic potential of counties in the Kenya-Ethiopia border and promoting inclusive and sustainable development in the region.

The Cross Border Programme for Sustainable Peace and Socio-Economic Development, launched by the President of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn on 7 December, 2015 is a partnership conceived and developed by the Government of Kenya, the Government of Ethiopia, the United Nations (both in Kenya and in Ethiopia), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the County Government of Marsabit, and Borana Zone. The signing will effectively give way to an intensive and extensive resource mobilization exercise in support of the projects envisaged in the document.

The Cabinet Secretary for Treasury, Henry Rotich said that a successful implementation of the programme will address many of the region’s challenges. “The uniqueness of the program is that it addresses transformative change and resilience building in a coordinated way. The programme is bringing together National/Regional Governments, local Governments and Partners around strategic priorities of the region,” he said.

Ethiopian Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Development Affairs, Kassa Teklebrhan asked partners to be at the forefront of making the program a success. “I call upon the regional and local administrators of the two countries to exert your utmost effort to mobilize local resources to the implementation of prioritized projects since the external support only serves as catalysts for our indispensable roles,” he said.

National and regional governments from both sides promised to prioritize the programme in the allocation of resources which they said will be operated and coordinated in a predicatable and accountable manner. The European Union head of mission Stephano Dejak says EU has already approved 63.5 million Euros for the programme.

On his part, Governor of Marsabit County, Ukur Yatani, said if the program is succssessfully implemented “it will be an example to the region and the world.”

mptfTOP: Turkana County Governor, H.E. Josephat Nanok, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Treasury, Henry Rotich and the Executive Coordinator of the Turkana Transformation Multi Partner Fund, Jennifer Topping shake hands and exchange copies of the document during the signing ceremony. BOTTOM: The three display copies of the signed document.

The signing of the Turkana Transformation Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) establishes it as the main funding instrument for mobilizing donor and government resources by the Turkana County- United Nations Joint Programme developed in 2014 to achieve development results in the Turkana County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030. The fund will promote policy coherence, facilitate consolidation of development priorities and resources, act as a tool for managing risks, strengthen su-bnational systems and provide a platform for innovation.

Referring to the Turkana MPTF as one of its kind in Kenya and the world, Turkana County Governor H.E. Josephat Nanok, said that the Fund will accelerate the pace of development in the county. We have identified our development priorities in the CIDP. This fund will therefore help us fill up the resource gaps that exist in our planning,” he said.

The signings coincided with the launch of the Roadmap for developing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2018-2022), the modality that will govern GOK-UN collaboration on development as well as galvanize support from other partners such as donors, private sector and civil society .

The Roadmap outlines key components of the document as well as stages of development to be taken into account so that a new, effective framework aligned to Kenya’s Vision 2030 exists by the time the current one, UNDAF 2014-2018, expires in July, 2018. The roadmap therefore analyses and identifies gaps from the current UNDAF for improvement including on alignment with national, regional and global processes and priorities as well as stakeholder engagement.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee said that UNDAF has demonstrated, through delivering as one and a mix of both regional and area-based programmes, that innovative approaches to development can solve many of the contemporary development challenges the world is facing today.

"The UN in Kenya is committed to working with the Government of Kenya and other partners in improving the lives of Kenyans by contributing to programs that speak to Sustainable Development Goals and Kenya’s Vision 2030,” he said.