Inclusive Growth and 
Structural Transformation


The Productive Sector and Trade Unit of UNDP Kenya is working to reduce poverty and accelerate progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals by supporting pro-poor economic growth and inclusive market development in Kenya. In support of inclusive growth, UNDP has been working at the policy level to create an enabling environment and has supported catalytic interventions at county level such as business solution centres.

Given Kenya’s vibrant private sector and the economic significance of the informal sector, UNDP recognizes the institutionalization of high-level and sector-specific public-private dialogue and value chain development approaches as fundamental to better harnessing the contribution of the private sector to development. UNDP is also  supporting Kenya’s extractives sector through its regional capacity and collaboration with the African Minerals Development Centre and the regional multi-stakeholders’ hub for extractives at the African Development Bank’s East Africa Resource Centre in Nairobi. These activities will be implemented jointly with the relevant GOK ministries.

Scope of activities

Through regional harmonization of trade policies, UNDP supports the creation of a business environment at both devolved and national levels. This environment nurtures local capacities and innovation; facilitates private sector development driven by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and promotes entrepreneurship and acquisition of vocational skills, targeting women, youth and marginalized groups.

While building on the Constitution and supporting the Kenyan Government towards achieving the MDGs, UNDP will:

  • Target low-income groups at the base of the pyramid (BOP), especially women and youth
  • Create opportunities for accelerating sustainable livelihood growth in rural, semi-arid and arid areas
  • Identify priority value chains as vehicles for generating growth and employment
  • Offer business related capacity building and micro-finance opportunities in the priority value chains
  • Establish private sector partnerships and advocate for pro-poor investments and businesses


  • In 2016, two more County Business Development (Biashara) Centres were established in Turkana and Marsabit bringing the total number of Biashara centres already set up in Kenya to four.
  • The Biashara Centres facilitated County level private sector engagement on Inclusive Business and SDGs.
  • 35,308 people (15,684 female) have benefited from UNDP’s livelihood intervention to become active economic agents.
  • The Ministry of Mining Strategic Advisory Facility supported by UNDP, developed 16 Mining Regulations to support the implementation of the Mining Act, strengthening the management of the mining sector in Kenya.
  • In collaboration with Regional Service Centre, the CO supported a Gap Analysis to find out the extent to which Kenya is aligned to the Africa Mining Vision.
  • UNDP provided technical support for the domestication of African Mining Vision by the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee spearheading the implementation of Kenya’s Mining Vision as well as working towards identifying country priorities.
  • Five technical advisors supported by UNDP through the Strategic Advisory Facility at the Ministry of Mining provided technical and policy advisory services in the following areas: Geotechnical Operations; Concession Management and Revenue Optimization; Strategic Communication and Sector Liaison; Sector policy, Strategy and Institutional Reforms and Mineral Promotion and Value Addition.
  • GoK developed and adopted two key policies - the National Skills Development Policy (NSDP) and the National Investment Policy (NIP). NSDP will support the management of human resources capacity and develop an integrated approach to skills development; NIP will guide attraction, facilitation, retention, monitoring and evaluation of investments in Kenya.
  • The Micro and Small Enterprises Authority implemented the Small and Micro Enterprises Strategic Plan 2013-2017, as envisioned by the Micro and Small Enterprises Act.
  • A revised SME Handbook has been implemented by the four Counties in which the Biashara Centres have been established.


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