UN helps Kenya accelerate development achievements

RC at State House Nairobi

UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Nardos Bekele- Thomas with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretaries and County Governor (Photo: Courtesy of PPS)

On 6 August, the UN, Government and other partners held the UNDAF National Steering Committee meeting and annual revies at the State House.  Speaking during the event, the President commended the UN agencies for Delivering as One (DaO) together with the Government of Kenya to ensure that development assistance benefits Kenyans.   The President encouraged bi-lateral and multilateral organizations as well as the private sector to offer their support in resourcing the UNDAF.

The annual report highlighting achievements made over 2014-2015 was presented by the Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning Ms. Anne Waiguru and Mr. Henry Rotich respectively.  Amongst the accomplishments made during the first year of implementation of the UNDAF for 2014-2015, were strides in transformational governance with the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) developing its Strategic plan for 2014-2018 and activation of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) hotline following capacity building of the Directorate of Public Prosecution office on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and FGM. Other gains included drafting of the Devolution Policy and second generation revenue sharing formula for counties.    On the result area on human capital, the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) was supported to update the Education Management Information System (EMIS). 

Support was also provided to initiative on using safe drinking water and Maternal and Child Nutrition programme, an initiative which the First Lady, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta champions. On inclusive and sustainable development the National Youth Empowerment Strategy was developed and on environmental sustainability, the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Implementation plan for management of natural resources was elaborated with key stakeholders as well as a draft National Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction developed.

According to the UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, ‘The New UNDAF has demonstrated that close collaboration between the UN and the government can stimulate quick delivery of development gains to those most in need. The new UNDAF   has adopted Area based Development programming that identifies and addresses major bottlenecks to development through policy and service delivery. This approach has resulted in two integrated programmes one in Turkana county and another in Marsabit county. Two more programmes will be launched in Karamoja and Mandera Triangle.’

The United Nations has made substantial contribution to sustainable development in Kenya. In the year 2014/15 the UN provided 2.7 billion Kenya shillings worth of development support for the most needy and marginalized in the country. This is outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) annual report presented to national stakeholders including H.E president Uhuru Kenyatta, The Cabinet, Development Partners, Civil Society and the Private Sector.  The UNDAF is a shift in development programming that allows the Government to take lead and the UN to coordinate its development activities as one entity. 

The priorities of the UNDAF are aligned to Kenya’s development framework, the Vision 2030. The National Steering Committee for the implementation of the UNDAF is co -chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Nardos Bekele and the Cabinet Secretary, Devolution and Planning, Ms. Anne Waiguru.