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UN launch 1.9 billion U.S. dollar program
to boost Kenya’s growth agenda   

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 Kenya.

“We have also prioritized skills development for young people under this program whose success is dependent on strong leadership,” he added.

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 assistance framework.

Kenyan officials said a partnership with multilateral agencies is key to helping realize sustainable growth, environmental sustainability and national cohesion.

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.

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