SDG Partnerships Platform

singoei_philanthropyDr. Korir Sing'oei, Legal Advisor, Executive Office of the Deputy President speaking at the launch of the Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement in Kenya Initiative.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is as much about the effectiveness of development co-operation as it will be about the scale and form such co-operation takes. There has been little practical, on-the-ground support to make partnerships effective in practice, especially at scale.

Whilst Kenya has made substantial progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this progress has been uneven across specific goals and within the country. Strides have been made in attaining universal primary education, reducing infant and child mortality and the fight against HIV/AIDS. However, SDG progress must focus more on socio-economic equity of benefits to make sure that Kenya leaves no-one-behind.

The SDG agenda is marked by solidarity participation and universality, with a fundamental shift expected in the development finance architecture. Improving the effectiveness, quality and impact of development co-operation in this context will require inclusive partnerships, innovative approaches and the application of lessons at country level.

In a shifting landscape, it is increasingly critical to break down the silos that have traditionally governed development financing and implementation. SDG 17 specifically calls for governments and stakeholders to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, including through development co-operation and development financing. The Financing for Development Conference and its Addis Ababa Action Agenda provided a clear clarion call to ensure all stakeholders from diverse sectors including traditional and non-traditional donors (e.g. private sector, philanthropy and civil society) are mobilized to converge on financing for SDG impacts. All will require a set of shared principles that encourage and facilitate meaningful and impactful partnerships at all levels across sectors.

The Government of Kenya and UN System in Kenya established in 2017 the SDG Partnership Platform in collaboration with the World Bank, development partners, private sector, philanthropy, academia and civil society including faith-based stakeholders. The Platform has become a flagship programme in the UNDAF (2018-2022) and it takes leadership on overarching facilitation, coordination and demonstration of how public private partnerships and collaborations can effectively translate the SDGs into action on the ground and thereby guide and accelerate impact, maximize investments and optimize resource utilization.

The Platform focuses on four key strategies:

1.       Joint advocacy and policy dialogue to create an enabling environment that helps partnerships thrive.

2.       Identify and broker large scale public private partnerships and collaborations that align with the SDG themes reflected in the Kenya UNDAF Strategic Result Areas in support of the Government’s Big Four agenda, and drive shared value creation.

3.       Raise required investments for the partnerships and collaborations through optimizing a diversity of blended financing instruments and redirection of capital flows towards SDG implementation, engaging a wide range of stakeholders from public and private sector.

4.       Facilitate monitoring and evaluation, learning and research to inform best and promising policy and practices for SDG partnerships.

The Platform brings together a range of partners from Government, development partners, private sector, civil society, philanthropy, academia, and faith-based organizations to create diverse SDG accelerator windows. Primary Healthcare (PHC) - contributing to the SDG 3 cluster - will be the first window aiming to improve Universal Health Coverage through transformation of Kenya’s Healthcare System, starting at the PHC level. Subsequently, the Platform will open additional windows to support thematic SDG clusters in support of Kenya’s “Big Four” such as agriculture, and skills training and employment etc.