The UN system in Kenya works with many partners in its support for the government’s development agenda. Some of these partners include philanthropies, the private sector, Civil Society Organizations and Community Based Organizations which provide a wide range of support including financial, technical and logistical.
Over the years, the UN has been one of the development stakeholders advocating for a more beneficial philanthropy engagement framework. With the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP, together with the Foundation Center and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, co-created the SDG Philanthropy Platform. This Platform which is funded by Ford Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and MasterCard Foundation fosters a more active and coordinated engagement of the philanthropic sector in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
On 29 June, 2016, the Government of Kenya in conjunction with the SDG Philanthropy Platform, UNDP, OECD netFWD, key philanthropy organizations, including East Africa Association of Grant Makers and Kenya Philanthropy Forum as well as other development stakeholders, launched the Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement Initiative in Kenya.
The initiative is a milestone proposal to pursue development goals with the input of government, philanthropy, development agencies, private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders on the basis of their respective comparative advantages. The Guidelines, especially with respect to relevance and timelines, are a product of a comprehensive consultative process at the global and local levels.
The SDGPP Kenya office has also been at the forefront of mainstreaming data usage and linking specific government ministries with relevant philanthropy organizations.
In Kenya, the private sector stands out as the number one employer and a leading stakeholder in development. This is in line with Vision 2030 which envisages a huge input from the private sector in achieving the country’s growth objectives.
The UN has worked closely with the private sector on a range of development programmes. In fact, UNDAF’s Mid Term Report (2015/2016) indicated that the corporation between the UN and the private sector has tremendously grown in the last few months.