Governance, Peace

and Security


Our work is aimed at building institutions and processes that are more responsive to the needs of citizens especially the poor and marginalized, and that ensure fidelity to the rule of law. 

UNDP supports the country’s efforts towards achieving the Vision 2030 Political Pillar, which envisions a democratic system that is issue-based, people-centered, results-oriented and accountable to the public.

We work to strengthen the capacities of government institutions at both national and county levels to deliver public services. Through civil society collaboration, we support youth, women and persons with disabilities to engage effectively in local level decision making. Other groups include people living with HIV and AIDS, to enhance their access to rights through legal advice and legal assistance.

UNDP also assists the national government to deepen democracy through support to the electoral cycle; providing technical and operational support to general elections; and promoting inclusive, credible and fair electoral processes.

Scope of activities

Fostering democratic governance is a key pillar UNDP Kenya’s Country Programme Document 2014-2018. The formulation of various programmes and projects results from a process of broad consultations with stakeholders including the Government, civil society organisations, independent bodies, development partners and other UN agencies.

Our programmes are demand-driven and developed to respond to national priorities as identified under Kenya’s development blueprint, the Vision 2030, and priorities identified under the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Agreement (KNDR) as Agenda 4 priorities, and the Constitution. The principles of national ownership and leadership remain central to UNDP’s programming in Kenya in contributing to achieving sustainable human development.  


  • The level of public confidence in devolved governance increased from 69.7% in April 2015 to 78% by September 2016.
  • The monitoring and evaluation mechanism piloted in 23 counties facilitated evidence based decision-making.
  • In 2016 the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) undertook voter education, voter registration and training based on a robust policy framework, responsive curriculum and manuals developed with UNDP support.
  • The electoral policy framework was strengthened through promulgation of voter education, partnership, stakeholder engagement and diaspora policies by the IEBC and the Office of Registrar of Political Parties with UNDP technical and financial input.
  • Through capacity development to 45 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and targeted grants, UNDP facilitated an increase in youth and women participation in devolved governance structures.
  • The IEBC capacity in planning for the 2017 election was enhanced with UNDP support, enabling strategic review of its 2017 election operation plan in line with evolving national context. IEBC successfully conducted 15 civic by-elections.
  • UNDP facilitated IEBC’s engagement of 3,168 voter registration clerks that enabled and supported 1,462,056 new voters, bringing the total number of registered electors in 2016 to 15,850,837.
  • 34 national government officials acquired and applied skills on SDGs mainstreaming.
  • 2 counties reviewed their County Integrated Development Plans to mainstream SDGs, Gender and CCA/DRR strategies and developed harmonized County Performance Management Frameworks.
  • 300 affected community members sensitized and their capacity strengthened on rights and access to justice, through the UN Joint Programme on HIV and AIDs.
  • The Maisha (Health) County advocacy programme targeted 14-24 years including young girls, aimed at increasing awareness on HIV/AIDS amongst young people.
  • The Gender dimension of governance was mainstreamed into 8 county governments structures and processes including in public policy and legislation in Turkana county.
  • In collaboration with UN Women, UNDP facilitated and engaged 14 non-state actors to implement strategies aimed at improving women participation in electoral processes and women in political leadership in the 2017 general elections.
  • UNDP strengthened the county level legislative agenda through provision of technical and financial assistance enabling the Ministry of Devolution and Planning to launch 51 county model laws which will guide implementation of devolved governance in Kenya.
  • The Cabinet approved the Policy on Devolved System of Government and 6 national government institutions improved policy and legislative framework to support devolution, with UNDP technical and financial support.
  • 68 women entrepreneurs were trained to benefit from the 30% Access to Government Procurement Opportunities that allows the youth, women and persons with disabilities preferential access on at least 30% of total government procurement.
  • 21 county governments improved their legislative development, planning and budgeting, performance management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • UNDP facilitated the improved capacity of 1,429 national and county government staff on monitoring; performance contracting; public financial management; human resource management; Global Information System; statistics; gender; SDGs mainstreaming; governance and leadership; results based management; record management; civic engagement; and planning and budgeting.


UNDP works on both the demand and supply side of governance. UNDP’s partners include:  Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC),  Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board,  Commission for the Administration of Justice and the Gender Commission, Amkeni waKenya and its various civil society partners and NCEP/Uraia Trust.

UNDP works with several bilateral and multilateral partners. They include: Sweden, Norway, UK, USAID, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Japan and Denmark


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