Our Projects

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

 - Inclusive Economic Growth
 - Energy, Environment and Climate Change
 - Democratic Governance
 - Peace Building and Conflict Resolution
 - Disaster Risk Reduction.

 - Strategic Policy Advisory

The cross cutting initiatives such as Millennium Development Goals are implemented through the Strategic Policy Advisory Unit, UNV Volunteers Country Office, Communications Unit and the Country Director’s Support Team.

Inclusive Economic Growth undertakes projects that directly involve the impoverished groups where employment is created and regular income generation are possible.

Democratic Governance entails, advocacy of human rights, gender, police and judicial reforms.

Disaster Risk Reduction Unit carries out HIV/AIDS , peace and security projects.

Energy and Environment Unit largely addresses the conservation of today's natural resources for future generations to come.

The Strategic Policy Advisory Team promotes partnerships for aid and donor coordination as well as advocacy initiatives related to sustainable human development and its mainstreaming into the country's policy, planning and visioning frameworks. It also provides periodic analysis of, and intelligence on socio-economic trends, advocating while promoting a culture of achieving the Millennium Development Goals as a whole.

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

Inclusive Economic Growth

  • National Social Economic Council Public-Private Dialogue 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.

  • Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV & AIDS (GIPA) and Building Partnerships Among Civil Society Organizations. 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).

  • Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS 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 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.

  • Inclusive Market Development (IMD) 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.

Democratic Governance

  • Support to the realization of Human Rights and Access to Justice in Kenya 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...

  • Project supporting selected strategic areas of engagement with the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC)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.

  • Support to Electoral Reforms and Processes 2012-2013The 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.

  • Civic Education 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 ReformPublic Sector ReformThe 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...

  • Support to Devolved Governance in Kenya Support to Devolved Governance in Kenya Devolution was ushered in after the general elections held on 4 March 2013. While the policy and institutional framework to support devolution was largely in place, this project was formulated after some of the key institutions to support devolution had just been created. The County Governments all came into effect immediately after the elections, and most counties are still in the process of putting in place systems and structures of governance.

  • Judiciary Transformation Support ProjectJudiciary Transformation Support ProjectThe project purposes to work in two outcome areas of the Judiciary Transformation framework – that is a. people focused delivery of justice ; b) Strengthened capacity within the judiciary to deliver its mandate. This projects hopes to a. Enhance access to and expeditious delivery of justice b. Improve people centered and public engagement c. strengthen stakeholder engagement d. Strengthen leadership and Management in the judiciary e. Improve growth of jurisprudence and judicial practice f. Harness technology as an enabler for justice

  •  Strengthening the Electoral Processes in Kenya Project Strengthening the Electoral Processes in Kenya ProjectThis project is designed to consolidate and build on the gains made from the constitutional transition process and the 2013 elections to strengthen and develop sustainable and effective election institutions, systems and processes.

Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Disaster Risk Management ProjectDisaster Risk Management ProjectThe 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 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 projectRefugee Host Community projectThe 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.

  • Communications For Development(C4D)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 (PEV) Livelihoods Recovery ProjectThe 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 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 projectUwiano Peace Platform projectUwiano [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 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)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 programmeRegional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons programmeKenya 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, Energy and Climate Change

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

  • GEF- UNDP Small Grants Programme

  • Regional CDM capacity building project for sub-Saharan AfricaRegional CDM capacity building project for sub-Saharan AfricaThe 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)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 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


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