Governance, Peace

and Security

Governance, Peace and Security 

In line with the UNDP Strategic Plan Signature Solution 2: Strengthen effective, accountable and inclusive governance, the programme will continue flagship programmes including Integrated Support to Devolution, Building Foundations for Peace and the Marsabit-Moyale Cross-border Peace Initiative to address the structural barriers to equitable, accountable and transparent governance, and to mitigate local level conflict and marginalization. The devolution programme aims to accelerate fiscal and administrative decentralization including local revenue generation through subnational support for planning and budgeting, accountability and anti-corruption initiatives. In partnership with the National Treasury, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Council of Governors, Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGTRC), the Office of the Auditor General and other independent commissions, county governments and subnational economic groupings and mechanisms (Frontier Counties Development Council, Lake Victoria Region Economic Basin), and UN Women and UNCDF, the programme will strengthen co-ordination between all levels of government to improve governance and service delivery.


To support peacebuilding and conflict prevention, the programme will improve conflict analysis to promote social cohesion and conflict mitigation interventions in partnership with the UWIANO Platform for Peace, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, National Commission on Human Rights, Media Council of Kenya, UNESCO and UNHCR to promote national stability. UNDP will also partner with civil society at the frontlines of localized conflicts and national dialogue, and with key actors to prevent radicalization and violent extremism.  Social cohesion will also be promoted in partnership with the FCDC, National Counter Terrorism Center and interreligious peacebuilding mechanisms for community security, and to provide livelihood and diversion interventions for youth to disrupt pathways to radicalization.

Following on the results of the 2015 Universal Periodic Review, UNDP also aims to integrate a ‘rights based approach’ through enhanced access to justice and promotion of the rule of law, and in partnership with UNAIDS, for persons living with HIV and AIDS, including youth, women and PLWDs. UNDP will partner with the Judiciary Training Institute, the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice for efficient dispute resolution including use of mechanisms in the 2016 Legal Aid Act to increase access to justice. Furthermore, building on previous work with the National Human Rights Institutions, state and non-state anticorruption institutions, OHCHR, UNODC and Governments of Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, UK, US, and the EU, UNDP will expand support for human rights advocacy and reporting and partner with justice sector actors to increase public voice and participation in the process of accountability.


Leading to the 2022 elections, UNDP will leverage existing bilateral partnerships with, inter alia, USAID, DfID, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, EU, Germany to implement early conflict mitigation measures, civic and voter education, political party regulation and judicial capacity to adjudicate electoral disputes.



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