Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

Kajiado County

08/10/2018 - 00:00
Regional overview

An overview of different projects, developed with the assistance of the EU in Kajiado County, Kenya

The Constitution of Kenya (2010) has provided the opportunity for resources to be transferred to a new level of government at the grassroots. While devolution has created a new reform space for more responsive, equitable, efficient and accountable local service delivery, converting this into actual transformation at the grassroots will depend on the quality of county institutions charged with this responsibility.

Since devolution entails the simultaneous transfer of power and resources to an entire new level of government, counties face unique challenges that demand innovative solutions. The EU is therefore working with the Government of Kenya to promote transparency and accountability in the management of county public finances. Sound economic and political governance will allow the residents of all counties to reap the benefits that devolution promises to bring to the people.

The EU together with its development partners, has committed to continue supporting Kenya in its infrastructure projects with a focus on energy, transport, water and sanitation and housing. This is in line with Vision 2030 (MTPII) and the government’s Big Four agenda.

The EU is also supporting the country towards the modernisation its energy infrastructure with a special focus on development of renewable, affordable and reliable energy sources. This support is also targeting access to energy in rural areas in Kenya in order to increase the economic and social development of communities, households, and to spur the creation and growth of energy-based and reliant small enterprises.

Through this support and partnership, the Government of Kenya will be able to achieve its aspirations in poverty reduction and accelerated and inclusive economic growth through more sustainable and efficient energy and transport infrastructure.

Employment creation, particularly among youth, is one of the top priorities of the Government of Kenyan. In addition, Vision 2030 through the Third Medium Term Plan (MTP III), highlights the need for institutional and economic reforms to accelerate growth for job creation, notably in the informal sector. The government is committed to create more new jobs annually to address the pressing problem of youth unemployment.

It is in line with these efforts that the EU will seek to promote growth and employment through identification of opportunities in sectors with great employment potential, such as agriculture and agri-business; sustainable housing; sustainable infrastructure; and the manufacturing sector.

These sectors are the backbone of the government’s Big Four agenda and contribute directly to the Vision 2030 goals of creating social-economic transformation, increasing job creation and improving quality of life for all Kenyans.

By aligning it support to these efforts, the EU’s work within the counties is seeking to improve the social and economic opportunities for youth in all counties.

Agriculture is the bedrock of Kenya’s economy and contributes to a large percentage of Kenya’s GDP. It is also the source of livelihood for a majority of Kenya’s population.

The EU in partnership with the government of Kenya are working towards more climate-resilient agricultural production and enhanced adaptation to climate change while following a low-carbon development pathway in light of the fact that Kenya’s agriculture is mostly rain-fed.

Specific EU investments will go towards improved food security at national and county level. This will be with the view to achieve sustainable drought management; increased food security and nutrition; livelihood diversification and value chains; and research and adoption of climate-smart agriculture.

The EU provides funding for a broad range of projects and programmes covering areas such as: regional & urban development; employment & social inclusion; agriculture & rural development; maritime & fisheries policies; research & innovation; humanitarian aid.

Funding is managed according to strict rules to ensure there is tight control over how funds are used and that the money is spent in a transparent, accountable manner.

In Kenya over 80% of the EU budget is managed in partnership with national and regional authorities through a system of “joint management”, largely through the European Development Fund implemented through the EU-GoK Country Strategy Paper.

Other funds are managed directly by the EU. These are provided in the form of:

  • Grants for specific projects in relation to EU policies, usually following a public announcement known as a ‘call for proposals’. Part of the funding comes from the EU, part from other sources.
  • Contracts issued by EU institutions to buy in services, goods or works they need for their operations – like studies, training, conference organization, IT equipment. Contracts are awarded through calls for tender.

Young people may access two main types of funding:

  • Education & training - study opportunities through Erasmus+, support for pupils nearing the end of secondary education, and vocational training in another country.
  • Youth – co-funding of projects which encourage civic involvement, volunteer work and a broader multicultural outlook.

Support to food security and Resilience

ENDING DROUGHT EMERGENCIES: SUPPORT TO DROUGHT MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION - €30M

Grants to support Pillar 5 and 6 for Drought Risk Management, and Institutional Development and Knowledge Management

Arid counties: Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir.

Semi-arid counties: Embu, Kilifi, Kwale, Laikipia, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Kajiado and West Pokot.

Implementing Partner: National Drought Management Authority (NDMA)

KENYA RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME €84M

The general objective of the Kenya Rural Development Programme will be to contribute to improved food security in Kenya. The project purpose is to increase productivity and efficiency of food systems in Kenya.

Programme estimate 4 – ASAL drought management €4.5M

ASAL Drought Management Arid counties: Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir.

Semi-arid counties: Embu, Kilifi, Kwale, Laikipia, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Kajiado and West Pokot.

Implementing Partner: National Drought Management Authority (NDMA)

ASAL Drought Contingency Fund Project €10M

Arid counties: Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir.

Semi-arid counties: Embu, Kilifi, Kwale, Laikipia, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Kajiado and West Pokot.

Implementing Partner: National Drought Management Authority

 

Water Sanitation

ENDING DROUGHT EMERGENCIES: CLIMATE PROOFED INFRASTRUCTURES FOR IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION IN ASAL - €37.5M

Location: Baringo, Kajiado, Kilifi, Kitui, Mandera, Samburu, Taita-Taveta, and West

Pokot Counties

Implementing Partner: Water Sector Trust Fund Registered Trustees

 

Governance and Accountability

SPOTLIGHTS ON WOMEN ASPIRANT LEADERS AT THE COUNTY LEVEL - €0.43M

Counties: West Pokot, Mombasa, Trans Nzoia, Nyandarua, Kajiado, Kisumu, Narok and Nandi

Implementing partner: Media Focus on Africa Foundation Limited

TOWARDS ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH KENYANS EMPOWERMENT IN PARTICIPATION AND ACTIVE REQUEST FOR TRANSPARENCY (TAKE PART) - €0.5M

Counties: Kajiado, Taita Taveta, Mombasa and Kilifi

Implementing Partner: COMITATO INTERNAZIONALE PER LO SVILUPPO DEI POPOLI ASSOCIAZIONE

 

Nutrition

MTOTO NA MAMA PROJECT - €0.7M

County: Kajiado

Implementing partner: African Development & Emergency Organisation NGO

 

Supported Interventions in Wildlife

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ANTI-POACHING EFFORTS IN THE GREATER KILIMANJARO TRANS FRONTIER CONSERVATION AREA (TFCA) - €1.2M

Location: Kenya (Kajiado and Taita Taveta) and Tanzania

Implementing partner: STICHTING IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

GREATER KILIMANJARO INITIATIVES TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION OF THE TRANS FRONTIER ECOSYSTEM AND WILDLIFE

Locations: Kenya (Kajiado and Taita Taveta) and Tanzania

Implementing partner: OIKOS East Africa

 

Trade and Private sector development

EAC EU MARKUP (MARKET ACCESS UPGRADE) - €3.6M

The Programme aims to increase the value of both extra and intra-regional agricultural exports, with main focus on exports towards the European Union

Location: Taita Taveta, Transzoia, Nayandarua, Bungoma, Uasingishu, Transnzoia, Nakuru, Muringa, Kajiado

Implementing partner: UNIDO

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