NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Some 21 UN agencies on Tuesday launched a 1.9
billion U.S. dollar program covering 2018-2022 to promote
sustainable development, good governance, rule of law and gender
equality in Kenya.
Officials said the
second phase of United Nations Development Assistance Framework
(UNDAF) realigns with Kenya’s Big Four Agenda which focuses on
affordable healthcare, housing, manufacturing and food security
and Vision 2030 on inclusive growth and social renewal.
“The aim of the new
development assistance for Kenya is to accelerate the momentum
required to achieve President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda,”
remarked Siddharth Chatterjee, the UN Resident Coordinator in
“We have also
prioritized skills development for young people under this
program whose success is dependent on strong leadership,” he
Chatterjee said the
initial phase of United Nations Development Assistance framework
for Kenya that covered 2014 to 2018 had positive impacts on the
economy and livelihoods.
“We are building on
the success of the previous development framework to complement
Kenya’s efforts to achieve food security, universal healthcare
and higher school enrollment,” said Chatterjee.
He revealed that the
UN will help Kenya strengthen the rule of law and respond
effectively to climate change under the four year development
said a partnership with multilateral agencies is key to helping
realize sustainable growth, environmental sustainability and
Henry Rotich, the
Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury said the new UN funding
will stimulate economic growth in Kenya while generating new
jobs for the youth.
“The new UN funding
model will ensure that our Big Four Agenda is realized within
stipulated timelines. It will support interventions aimed at
cushioning the communities in marginalized regions from poverty
and climate induced disasters,” said Rotich.
He noted that
multilateral partners and the private sector have rallied behind
Kenya’s quest to achieve the UN 2030 goals thanks to a friendly
policy and regulatory environment.
Eugene Wamalwa, the
Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, said the new UN funding will
enhance service delivery at the grassroots thanks to improved
governance and accountability.