Amkeni Wakenya is a Swahili word meaning ‘Kenyans let us arise’, and is espoused from the second stanza of the National Anthem, a clarion call to all Kenyans to actively participate in Nation building. It is a UNDP-led Facility dedicated to empowering citizens to participate effectively in democratic Governance by providing support through Civil Society Organizations. Established in 2008, then known as Civil Society Democratic Governance Facility (CSDG), the facility provided financial and technical support to CSOs to promote democracy, human rights, governance reforms, and the integration of a rights-based approach in social and economic reforms in Kenya. The CSDG facility later rebranded as Amkeni Wakenya and it broadened its scope to include support for CSOs engaging in the implementation of reforms within the context of the National Accord on Peace and Reconciliation that was adopted by the Kenya Government in addressing the calamitous post-election violence of 2007/8.

Since its inception, Amkeni Wakenya has provided support to over 400 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across Kenya in form of grants, capacity building and learning and knowledge management. Targeted organisations include, small grassroots-based CBOs as well as medium size and bigger national-level CSOs/NGOs.

Read and Download the Baseline Survey for Phase II of the Amkeni Wakenya Program here 



Project start date:

January 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2022

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Kenya

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Japan
  • Government Of Netherlands
  • European Commission
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $1,829,593

    2018 $914,415

    2017 $631,516

    2016 $1,173,170

    2015 $585,903

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