UN JOINT PROGRAMME WITH GOVERNMENT (UNDAF) TRANSFORMING KENYAN LIVESNov 2, 2016
The United Nations has contributed over Ksh. 37.7 Billion shillings towards Humanitarian and Development assistance to Kenya in the past three years (2014-2016). This has been managed under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in which Government takes the lead in the development programing while the UN supports the coordination of activities through the Delivering as One mechanism.
Speaking at State House Nairobi, during the Annual review of the development framework, President Uhuru Kenyatta noted that the partnership had helped transform the lives of Kenyans, and greatly improved by the devolved system of governance where flow of resources has provided opportunities through empowering the poor and marginalized groups
“A good measure of the value of our partnership is the impact on the lives of ordinary Kenyans and in particular the most vulnerable. I am therefore very pleased to hear the testimonies of the women, men and children whose lives have been transformed through the joint framework and partnership” said President Kenyatta
UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee said that Kenya should take advantage of its youth demographic divided to ensure that young people are adequately engaged to prevent them from being lured into crime, violent extremism and other vices.
“Singapore and south Korea took advantage of the huge youth bulge and put them to work all we are saying we need to join the work force so that there is no space for FGM, girls to be married off early or SGBV” he said.
Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani lauded the flagship Area Based Cross Border Programme in Kenya and Ethiopia, with the European Union promising to offer support to the programme and scale it up to other border counties
“The Merile to Marsabit road supported by the EU will bring more opportunities for increased trade and economic development for the region. We are therefore working with UN family to finalise both sides of the border in close corporation with central and local government of both countries concerned” said European Union head of delegation Ambassador Stefano Dejak
The UN Country team pledged to support the Government in its efforts to curb drought and malnutrition saying no Kenyan should die as a result of the drought.
Some of the key achievements include Improved Access to Justice through the successful implementation of the Bail and Bond policy guidelines, Strengthened Education Management Information System (EMIS), establishment of 4 Biashara Centres at county level, Increased forest and tree cover from 6.99% to 7.24% of Kenya land area, 3000 Hectares put under small-scale irrigation schemes; 25,400 Hectares terraced to conserve soil and water; 440 water pans & farm ponds among many others.