Poverty and Environment Initiative

What the project is about


Clean and plentiful water, productive land and spectacular wildlife are just some of the natural resources which are vital to Kenya's economic growth and to individual Kenyan's as they meet their daily livelihood needs. The Government of Kenya recognizes that sustainable management of these resources will enable continued economic growth for many years to come and has consequently developed an exciting project with UNDP and the United Nations Environment Programme to deliver this.

The Government aims to integrating environment issues into national development planning and budgeting in order to enable the delivery of poverty eradication and economic growth. Over the last few years both UNDP and UNEP have developed programmes that aim to integrate environment into national development processes and these are being implemented in a number of countries. UNDP and UNEP hoped to implement these projects in Kenya and so under the direction of the Government the two programmes were combined and an exciting tripartite was formed.

At the beginning of 2005 the heads of UNDP and UNEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which paved the way for increased joint agency working, which until this point has been quite fragmented. The Poverty Environment lniitiative partnership in Kenya, which is part of the new UNDP UNEP partnership, is one of the first practical examples of the agencies working actively together and there is a lot of interest in both agencies to see how this develops. The Government of Kenya welcomed the partnership because of the added benefits, which it brings in terms of increased resources and technical assistance as well as reducing the transaction costs on the Government.

The project began implementation of the 1st July 2005 and a detailed programme of work has been identified. The first year will see PEl meeting immediate needs of the Government, while tools are developed to assist in mainstreaming environment and entry points and capacity development needs for a three year second phase of the project are identified.

The project will have four main outputs:

  • Improved understanding of poverty and environment linkages within government ministries and agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Strengthened Government capacity and mechanisms to deliver pro-poor environment policy.
  • Tools developed for the integration of environment into development plans and budget processes.
  • Increased participation of stakeholders in environmental policymaking and development planning processes.

The project will be lead by the Ministry of Planning, with support from and implementation with representatives from the Ministry of Environment, the National Environmental Management Authority, UNDP and UNEP. The UK Department of International Development also financially supports the project.

A steering committee with representatives of all these institutions will oversee project implementation.


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