Inclusive Growth and 
Structural Transformation

Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation

In line with the UNDP Signature solution 1 – Keeping People Out of Poverty, the programme will support capacity development across government to formulate and implement inclusive growth, gender-sensitive and evidence-based policies. Building on current programming, and in partnership with the World Bank, AfDB, Kenya Bureau of Statistics, county governments, civil society and the private sector we will support initiatives to address structural poverty including macroeconomic and poverty analysis to strengthen the effectiveness of inclusive growth policies and initiatives, structural transformation, gender and extractives, and support monitoring of the SDGs; address data gaps for planning and monitoring; and improve institutional capacities to deliver poverty reduction interventions.

To complement enabling actions in infrastructure development, public sector reforms, and the use of innovative financing mechanisms, the programme will support structural economic transformation to create jobs by increasing the share of the manufacturing, extractives and mineral resources, industrial, and exporting sectors in the economy. We will deliver livelihoods interventions for increased productivity, income generation and rural development for sustainable poverty alleviation, and improve stakeholder capacities to access entrepreneurship opportunities, particularly for young men and women and PLWDs. Through our Biashara (Business) Centres, innovative technologies will be deployed, particularly for female-headed households to address the gendered dimensions of poverty, to add value, strengthen quality standards and improve access to markets, in collaboration with FAO, ILO, UNICEF, and UN Women, and CSOs, the private sector and county governments. The programme will address youth unemployment by supporting scalable pilot value chains in the agriculture sector including working with the county governments and private sector on fruit agro processing in the southeastern region, and leather production in the northeastern region.

Kenya’s graduation to low middle-income status also presents opportunities for UNDP to explore financing for development through host country resources. Working with the revenue allocation and collection authorities and national and county governments, UNDP aims to secure co-financing through local cost sharing models.  The programme will also seek to fast track financing for development by deliberately seeking new partnerships with South-South Cooperation partners, IFIs, the private sector and philanthropic entities.

In support to Kenya, the CO will employ the MAPS approach to SDG implementation across the three CPD pillars. The programme will assist in identifying SDGs accelerators through monitoring and reporting on empirical data on development impact with focus on subnational county-level results.


Programmes and Initiatives

Economic Empowerment Program
Extractive Industry for Sustainable Development
Vocational Industrial and Technical Training
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