Economic Empowerment Program

UNDP’s Economic Empowerment Program (EEP), promotes inclusive and equitable economic growth in Kenya and seeks to ensure that the poor and vulnerable participate in and benefit from economic growth. The County Business Development Centers,  are a key tool for implementing the Economic Empowerment Program, both at the macro level through advocacy and dissemination of information, and at the micro level through support for Micro and Small Sized Enterprises (MSEs), economically excluded and vulnerable groups, and through the implementation of the African Supply Chain Development Program.

a)Access to Business Development Services through the County Biashara Centres which are a one stop business development services and capacity building centre for entrepreneurs to incubate their businesses. The centres have already been launched in Kwale, Taita Taveta, Turkana and Marsabit Counties.

b) Inclusive Business & Value Chain Development This component supports value chain approaches as well as the development and testing of innovative business models for the poor and vulnerable through better understanding of the economic potential of various products especially in agriculture and livestock as well as in artisanal mining. It also seeks to increase access toindustry responsive skills approaches improved through Business Call to Action initiatives

c) Vocational, Industrial and Technical Training Potential for increased access to industry/market responsive skills and employability improved through the (i) development of a National Occupational Qualifications Framework for 5 sectors (ii) review of curriculum in 4 trade areas





Project start date:

March 2013

Estimated end date:

December 2019

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Kenya

    Implementing partner:

    Ministry Of Planning and Natio

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Government Of Kenya
  • Department For International Development (dfid)
  • Col-instituto De Cultura Y Tur
  • United States Agency For International Development (usaid)
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $2,071

    2018 $162,024

    2017 $425,659

    2016 $418,104

    2015 $638,796

    2014 $619,332

    2013 $424,365

    Project Implementation

    1.      The key objective of establishing county business development centers is to promote inclusive economic growth and job creation through supporting the implementation of MSE programs and activities of the MTP II in alignment with County Integrated Development Plans as well as county level and sector specific needs and priorities.

    2.      Key target beneficiaries are established micro and small enterprises, with support structures for women and youth, and aspiring entrepreneurs and MSE associations and/or small-holder communities. Other beneficiaries include medium sized and large enterprises engaged in inclusive business approaches or value chain development programs driving backward – forward market linkages, local business development service providers and financial institutions.

    3.      The key activities and services of the county business development centers will be provided through a public-private partnership contract whereby the implementing agency sources the management of the centers to private sector operator that will adhere to the following objectives:

    (i)     Provide Business Development & Membership Services: Services shall be demand-driven and tailored to county needs and development priorities. It is important that centers seek synergies between existing and future support programs targeting or related to MSEs, and compliment or scale them up where gaps and needs have been identified and prioritized (see more on Table 1).

    (ii)   Promote Partnerships and Build Networks: Centers shall build partnerships and execute public-private partnership development programs that create backward-forward linkages and markets for MSEs to grow at the county, national and regional levels, and enhance their access to capacity building, technology transfer, finance, value chain development initiatives, innovations and industrial development programs including for example industrial clusters, special economic zones and industry parks.

    (iii) Awareness Creation: Centers will provide input on MSE sector needs and challenges to County level Steering Committees that are able to further feed these to the National High-level Advisory Board responsible for advocating legally binding policies and regulations conducive for MSE development in Kenya. They will also create local awareness on MSE sector needs and current situation through active communications and media relationship building.

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