What We Do

UNDP has designed its programme to address the interlinked issues of poverty, inequality and exclusion towards achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth. It operates projects under the umbrella of four strategic programme priority areas namely: a)Devolution and accountability; b)Productive sectors and trade; c) Environmental sustainability, renewable energy and sustainable land management; and d.)Community security, cohesion and resilience. 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. The unique principles of engagement of UNDP will support the deepening of democracy in Kenya and promote resilience-building of vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Our Goals

UNDP Kenya has a strong relationship with the Government of Kenya and is fully committed to further strengthening this partnership. The overall focus of UNDP in Kenya is to support the Government of Kenya to promote enhanced opportunities, empowerment, security (HIV/AIDS, natural and man-made disasters), sustainability and strategic outreach, all of which are detailed in the Country Programme Document (CPD) as outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Kenya.

Helping communities with disaster and risk reduction

UNDP works with national and local bodies to empower lives and build resilience

Our Stories

  • Gold mining in Kakamega County

    Small Scale Mining in Kakamega and Kisii County

    the “Extractive Industries for Sustainable Human Development” project. The project aims to improve the lives of people living in areas endowed with natural resources by improving governance, economic empowerment, promoting peace and environmental sustainability. more

  • H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya flanked by the UN Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas and the CS Treasury, Henry Rotich at the beginning of the UNDAF NSC Annual Reporting

    UN Helps kenya accelerate

    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 developmentmore

  • One of the EDAs in Voi County has started a brick making venture that is employing more youth as well improving housing units in the county

    Youth Enterprise Agents making a difference in the counties

    Over 600 youth trained by UNDP Kenya as Enterprise Development Agents (EDA) are helping the country create jobs for a high number of unemployed youth. Themore

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  • The First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta joins the community in a song and dance shortly after the launch.

    Empowering Women to conserve Wildlife

    Women of Amboseli were treated to a rare occasion when the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta joined them to launch an innovative wildlife conservation project. The projectmore

Projects and Initiatives

Devolution and Accountability

The second devolution conference was held in Kisumu County on April 2015, bringing together over 4000 delegates including elected leaders, national and county government officials development more

Productive Sector and Trade

UNDP supports the creation of a business environment, at both devolved and national levels, that nurtures local capacities and innovation; facilitates private sector development driven by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and promotes entrepreneurship and acquisition of vocational skills, targeting women, youth and marginalized groups. more

Environment Sustainability renewable energy and SLM

For over 6 years, Rose Mueni spent most of her income from her popular food kiosk on purchasing firewood and charcoal to prepare the meals for more

Community security, cohesion and resilience

Embracing irrigation to boost food security in Turkana Turkana County has in the recent past been in the limelight especially during complex humanitarian emergencies. The regions’ more

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