Our Projects

UNDP operates projects under the umbrella of four priority areas namely:

 - Devolution and Accountability
 - Productive Sector and Trade
 - Environmental Sustainability, renewable Energy and Sustainable Land Management
 - Community Security, cohesion and Resilience


The cross cutting initiatives such as MDGs, Sustainable development Goals and Gender Equality and Women Empowerment implemented through the Strategic Policy Advisory Unit, UNV Volunteers Country Office, Communications Unit and the Country Director’s Support Team.

Devolution and Accountability The Program seeks to enhance the capacity of national and County Governments in response to Governance, Human rights, Gender equality and HIV/AIDS. This will improve efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability and equality

Productive Sector and Trade: This entails working with Women, Youth and People With Disability to reduce poverty and accelerate progress towards Sustainable development Goals by supporting pro poor economic growth and inclusive market development in Kenya

Environment Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Land management : This Program largely addresses the management and sustainability of the natural resources and support the country to meet its obligations to international environment agreement.

Community Security Cohesion and Resilience This Program aims to build the capacities of institutions, communities and vulnerable people, particularly women, to increase their resilience and reduce the risks and impacts of disasters, recurrent conflicts, violence and shocks, including from climate change. It will also focus on supporting the development of conflict management policies, strategies and programs; building the capacities of institutions and communities, especially women and youth.

The UNV Country office is instrumental in facilitating the use of UNV volunteers to implement programs that contribute to capacity development as well as to promote volunteerism for development at all levels

Productive Sector and Trade

  • National Social Economic Council Public-Private Dialogue

    The main objective of the project is to improve the business environment through policies, laws and regulations conducive to private sector development. A more specific objective is to support to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) to ensure that public-private sector dialogue takes place on the basis of solid analysis and information.

  • The project aims to strengthen the capacity of the National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV & AIDS (NEPHAK) and Civil Society Organizations to influence national HIV & AIDS policies, programmes and processes. By specifically working with people living with HIV and AIDS, the project aims to enhance GIPA principles for a better and rights based national HIV response. The CSO partner for this project is the Kenya AIDS NGO Consortium (KANCO).

  • Implemented by the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and the Ministry of Planning National Development and Vision 2030, the Joint Programme aims to have an equitable human rights and gender based multisectoral response to HIV mainstreamed, operationalized and sustained in planning and budgets as well as sectoral programmes and policies.

  • Improving Market Access for Drylands Commodities Project, also known in its short name as the Market Access Project (MAP), was implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from 2004-2008. The overall objectives of the project are to contribute to the reduction of poverty in the drylands, to ensure that dryland populations benefit from systems of good governance for natural resource management, to improve management and utilization of drylands natural resources.

  • The programme aims at identifying and supporting markets/value chains that contribute to significant employment creation and/or improved access to goods and services for the ones who are trapped in poverty.

Devolution and Accountability

  • The rights based constitution of Kenya introduces for the first time an advanced and modern Bill of Rights, which assigns state obligations to provide and facilitate the enjoyment of socio-economic rights for rights holders. The project purposes to contribute to increased national capacities in government and civil society organizations towards promotion and protection of human rights and access to justice to all. It targets its results to be enjoyed by minorities and vulnerable groups, in particular...

  • The CIC is a public institution with a Constitutional mandate. This project is to enhance capacity of the CIC to deliver on its constitutional mandate including the successful implementation of the Constitution. The project further supports the CIC in its engagement and dialogue with a number of actors and stakeholders in the Constitution implementation process. This therefore contributes to CIC’s mandate of ensuring that policies, laws, structures, systems and administrative procedures developed and applied at all levels are consistent with and according to the letter and spirit of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

  • The overall aim of this intervention is to enhance the capacity of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) towards the management of free, fair and credible elections in Kenya. It will focus on the following four main components: institutional strengthening of the IEBC, electoral operations and processes, civic participation and engagement and project management and coordination.

  • Uraia Trust was established in 2011 as a successor to Kenya’s National Civic Education Programme phase I and II (NCEP I & II). Uraia's approach is to promote citizenship from a rights and responsibility aspect...

  • Public Sector Reform

    The Transforming Kenya Programme spearheaded by the Public Service Transformation department is a national transformation programme with the mission of creating fundamental and sustainable change that meets the citizen’s needs and aspirations. Overall, the theme “Transforming Kenya” is set within the context of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and...

Community Security Cohesion and Resilience

  • Disaster Risk Management Project

    The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the substantial reduction of disaster losses in lives and in the social, economic and environmental assets of communities. Achievement of the objective will contribute to the broader CPAP outcome of Effectiveness of Emergency Preparedness.

  • Drought Recovery Project

    The UNDP drought response programme will involve the scaling up of a Host Community project in Turkana and Garissa districts, which are some of the worst hit areas in the recent drought and also some of the most under developed. So far in the response, there is limited focus on programmes targeting protection of the remaining livelihoods and assets and mitigation of the impact of continued dry conditions.

  • Refugee Host Community project

    The main purpose of this project is to reduce violent conflict and improve the living conditions of the targeted affected population, mitigate the severe effects of the cyclical droughts common in the host community areas through provision of basic social services and security, peace building and community skills in resource management, sustainable livelihoods and support to income generating activities.

  • Communication for Development practiced through use of processes, strategies, and principles and tools of communication to bring about positive social change and to improve opportunities for access to information for development.

  • The Post Election Violence Livelihoods Recovery Project was developed to restore and expand livelihoods opportunities for communities that were intensely affected by the post election violence in 2007/2008. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the post election violence recovery and reintegration process through the restoration of livelihoods in affected areas. The Project supports livelihood recovery including the recovery of small businesses through provision of basic entrepreneurial knowledge, technical skills, capital and building resilience of populations affected by post election crisis.

Peace Building and Conflict Resolution

  • Amani Papers

    The policy briefs are published by UNDP-Kenya through the Peace Building and Conflict Prevention unit. Submissions for Amani papers are welcome throughout the year. The most recent is Amani papers Vol 2 no 3 Laying Down the Spear: Promoting Sustainable Peace in Kenya through Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms...

  • Uwiano Peace Platform project

    Uwiano [Kiswahili for cohesion] aimed to take proactive steps to prevent violence over the referendum. As a joint initiative, Uwiano enjoyed the support of government, local civil society and religious groups and local communities and international development partners. Its basic strategy was to maintain peace by organising a system to get up-to-date information on tensions, hate speech, incitement, threats and violence throughout the country and to relay this information to security institutions and Peace Committees in the best position to undertake appropriate actions including mediation.

  • Collaborative Leadership Training Project

    This programme aims at contributing towards building sustainable peace and democracy in the country through enhancement of leadership skills among key leaders in Kenya...

  • International Peace Training Centre (IPSTC)

    In 2009, UNDP-Kenya, through support from the Government of Japan entered into a partnership with International Peace Support Training centre (IPSTC) www.ipstc.org . The aim of the partnership is to implement a project that seeks to enhance the regional capability in African Union/United Nations Peace Keeping and peace building in the East African region...

  • Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons programme

    Kenya is part of the regional and international initiatives for the reduction and control of the proliferation of SALW. These include the UN Programme of Action on SALW, the Geneva Declaration on SALW; the Nairobi Protocal and Declaration on SALW among other legal instruments. Kenya currently hosts the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) which is an intergovernmental body supporting members states. The Kenya National Focal Point for SALW is responsible for issues of SALW.

Environment Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Land Management

  • Market Transformation for Highly Efficient Biomass Stoves for Institutions and Medium-sized Enterprise

    Aim of the programme is to remove market barriers to the adoption of sustainable biomass energy practices and technologies by institutions (schools and hospitals) and small businesses (restaurants and hotels) in rural and urban areas of Kenya

  • Regional CDM capacity building project for sub-Saharan Africa

    The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other carbon market instruments can play a significant role in promoting sustainable development and addressing poverty-environment issues. The rapidly expanding market for carbon also offers considerable potential to augment the flow of finances and sustainable technologies to the developing world. In the past, these resources have largely been provided through official development assistance (ODA). Building the capacity of non-Annex 1 countries to access the CDM and other market instruments could significantly boost resource and technology flows in the coming years.

  • Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (KACCAL)

    Climate-related hazards are a serious threat to Kenya’s development. Agriculture, the mainstay of the Kenyan economy, is predominantly rain-fed, making it highly vulnerable to climate change. Droughts are the most common disasters affecting Kenya. The majority of the major shortfalls in food supply recorded have been associated with rainfall deficits. The recurrence and intensity of droughts has increased in Kenya, particularly affecting the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs)...

  • Land Management in Agropastoral Production Systems of Kenya

    This project will extend the successful Farmer Field School approach by applying it to address land degradation problems in the Arid and Semi-arid Lands of Kenya in order to link sustainable land management (SLM) to increased agricultural productivity in agro-pastoral and pastoral landscapes. The project will work in “landscape units” in four ASAL districts, Garissa, Kyuso, Mbeere and Narok that reflect four different land use systems