Delegation of the European Union to Kenya

EU-funded projects with Kenya

12/05/2016 - 11:38

The European Union spends about 100 million euros per year on development cooperation to Kenya

Photo: Kenya's agriculture minister Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri (Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation) speaking at the launch of the €100 million AgriFI programme


Together, the European Union and its Member States are the biggest suppliers of development assistance to Kenya

Based on Kenya’s development strategy Vision 2030, the following sectors have been identified as priorities for European Commission funding:

  • Food security and resilience to climatic shocks

    Food and nutrition security is about ensuring that everybody is able to access sufficient, affordable and nutritious food. Through its support, the European Union seeks to build resilience to food crises and help ensure that no one is left hungry. Fighting under-nutrition is vital to give the world's poorest children a chance to lead healthier lives, learn better and thus improve their future income opportunities. The European Union is a strong international supporter of sustainable development. To address climate change challenges in this context, it backs a wide variety of activities dealing with issues such as adaptation, mitigation, disaster risk reduction and desertification.

  • Sustainable infrastructure

    Kenya’s Vision 2030 identifies transport infrastructure as one of its priorities. Roads remain the dominant mode of transport, carrying 80% of passengers and freight; they are also the only means of access for rural communities. The European Union has supported the development of transport infrastructure in Kenya for more than 25 years.

  • Accountability of public institutions

    Kenya's relatively new constitution (of 2010) that came with a raft of changes in the country’s political and economic governance envisages a democratic political system that is issue-based, people-centred, result-oriented and accountable to the public. The 2013 elections paved the way for a devolved system of government and a bi-cameral parliament. The priorities for EU support for governance are jointly set by Kenya and the EU, and include:

    • Support for issue-based and credible elections;
    • Support for more transparent management of public funds at central and county level;
    • Support for increased equality in access to and delivery of justice.

The EU's development assistance to Kenya contributes to varying degrees to the Government's Big Four development priorities for 2017-2022: manufacturing; universal healthcare; affordable housing, and food security.

EU support for development in Kenya's 47 counties

The EU provides financial support for programmes and projects all over Kenya, and we've produced snapshots of EU support for development in each of the 47 counties. (On the list of counties below, click on the name of a county to see which projects we're supporting there.)

1. Mombasa 13. Tharaka-Nithi 25. Samburu 37. Kakamega
2. Kwale 14. Embu 26. Trans-Nzoia 38. Vihiga
3. Kilifi 15. Kitui 27. Uasin Gishu 39. Bungoma
4. Tana River 16. Machakos 28. Elgeyo-Marakwet 40. Busia
5. Lamu 17. Makueni 29. Nandi 41. Siaya
6. Taita–Taveta 18. Nyandarua 30. Baringo 42. Kisumu
7. Garissa 19. Nyeri 31. Laikipia 43. Homa Bay
8. Wajir 20. Kirinyaga 32. Nakuru 44. Migori
9. Mandera 21. Murang'a 33. Narok 45. Kisii
10. Marsabit 22. Kiambu 34. Kajiado 46. Nyamira
11. Isiolo 23. Turkana 35. Kericho 47. Nairobi
12. Meru 24. West Pokot 36. Bomet  


In addition the EU provides some funding to Kenya for other cross-cutting activities, such as support to strengthen the National Treasury's role as the national authorising officer of development funding for the country.

Kenya also benefits from funding from various other EU programmes that address particular topics at a regional (multiple-country) or global level. For example, the production of Kenyan films may receive funding from the ACP Cultures Plus programme.

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