UNDP Resident Representative Siddharth Chatterjee (left) and the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and ASAL, Eugene Wamalwa (Right) hold up a dummy Country Program Document during the launch of the five year program

Malindi  5th September 2018 /-- UNDP Kenya in collaboration with the Government of Kenya has rolled out its programmatic blueprint for the next 5 years, with a promise to work closer with the people of Kenya to effectively respond to localized developmental challenges through integrated area-based programming that will ensure reach to the marginalised communities, especially those in the Arid and Semi-Arid areas and frontier counties in the spirit of the SDGs’ Leaving No One Behind.

“This programme document which is a blueprint of how UNDP will support Kenya’s development agenda and the president’s Big4Aganda meets the criteria of being responsive to the development priorities of Kenya, by being transformative, people centred and rights based. It articulates the value proposition that UNDP brings to Kenya, as a global development agency mandated to play a leading role in championing the global Agenda 2030 and working with communities to promote effective attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.” Siddharth Chatterjee UNDP Resident Representative.

Under the new Country Program Document 2018-2022, which forms an integral part of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2018-22), UNDP will leverage on innovative approaches, working through 3 pillars of: Governance, Peace and Security; Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation; and Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Resilience.  This alignment demonstrates how programmatic and policy interventions at both national and county level will contribute towards addressing the development and social challenges facing the country, while supporting the third Medium-Term Plan (MTPIII) of the country’s development of Vision 2030

The program was developed through a consultative process, working with the national and county governments to address the issues of youth unemployment, security threats including terrorism and radicalisation; challenges of corruption and accountability, inequality and exclusion made worse by poverty, gender inequality, climate change and budgetary constraints. In line with the new UNDP strategic plan that calls for continuous evolvement in the way we work, for the next five years UNDP Kenya office will embrace innovation to enhance programmatic accountability, strengthen community resilience, advance knowledge, and efficiency to deliver impactful results that contribute towards lifting communities out of poverty.

“From this document, I have picked the following: Working together is fundamental to ensure we are delivering as one, to advance inclusive growth and prosperity for all, leaving no one behind. We must now focus we are going, not where we are coming from.” Eugene Wamalwa, CS Devolution and ASALs


For the next five years, UNDP will continue to work closely with public institutions at national and county levels in Kenya and is committed to strengthening its’ programmatic footprint through deployment of staff and resources, while integrating the Sustainable development goals in the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) to address inequalities and equitable access to resources.

The last five years UNDP supported the County Governments especially in ‘midwifing’ the devolved system of governance with an overarching objective of alleviating widespread poverty and strengthening policy and service delivery to institutions in accelerating inclusive growth.

Resources for additional information:


Country Programme Document



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