Delegation of the European Union to Kenya

Accountability of public institutions

10/08/2018 - 09:43
Thematic overview

We're spending around €100 million on a diverse range of projects to strengthen Kenya's public sector

Kenya voter education notice, April 2017

Human rights & democracy


  • €1.3 million for the Kenya-Somalia forced-migrant rights initiative, implemented by the International Rescue Committee;
  • €285 thousand for safeguarding Constitutional gains, human rights defenders and security, implemented by the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights;
  • €300 thousand to stop human rights violations within detention facilities in Kenya, implemented by Comitato Europeo Per La Formazionee L'Agricoltura;
  • €500 thousand for accountability through Kenyans' empowerment in participation and active request for transparency, implemented by Comitato Internazionale Per Lo Sviluppo Dei Popoli Associazione;
  • See also the separate webpage about EU support for democracy in Kenya;



EU-funded projects in Kenya that are focused in various ways on women include:


Youth and children

  • €5 million for improving social and economic opportunities for youth in northern Kenya, implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation;
  • €500 thousand for youth action for open governance and accountability at county level, implemented by Plan International Suomi;
  • €1.5 million for improving the Kenya juvenile justice system, implemented by Cesvi Fondazione;
  • €1.2 million for integrated approaches to child protection against violence in Kenya, implemented by Plan Danmark;
  • €1.5 million for action to end violence against children, implemented by Goal;
  • Youth (young women) and children are also the main beneficiaries of the €50 million support for projects to strengthen the health sector in Kenya.



  • €5.5 million for technical assistance to the Ministry of Devolution & Planning, implemented by Eurecna;
  • €500 thousand for successful devolution in Isiolo and Kisumu counties, implemented by Stichting Cordaid;
  • €500 thousand for enabling devolved governance through inclusive and systematic citizen participation, implemented by Concern Worldwide;
  • €500 thousand for strengthening the capacities of state and non-state actors for effective devolved governance, implemented by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.


Trade facilitation

The European Union is Kenya's biggest export market. As most of Kenya's exports to the European Union are agricultural products, the biggest practical challenge facing Kenyan exporters to the EU is to meet our agricultural product standards. The European Union doesn't compromise on its standards for the sake of any country in the world, we do provide technical assistance to help many countries' exporters to meet our standards.

Here in Kenya, we're spending around €12.1 million on the Standards & Market Access Programme, which includes some €5.9 million for the supply of laboratory equipment to the Kenya Bureau of Standards, the Directorate of Veterinary Services and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service.


Conflict prevention

We're currently spending €4.4 million on two projects to help prevent conflict in Kenya and the wider region:

  • €2.7 million for the fight against illicit accumulation and trafficking of firearms in Africa (2nd phase of this project), implemented by the Regional Centre on Small Arms;

  • €1.7 million to prevent and mitigate violent extremism in the Horn of Africa, implemented by the Institut Europeen de la Paix.


Healthcare & sanitation

We're currently spending about €50 million on projects to strengthen the health sector in Kenya.

In addition, we're providing some €8.4 million in financial support for basic drinking water supply and sanitation:

  • €5 million for the Nairobi water distribution programme, implemented by Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau;
  • €2.5 million for demonstrating and upscaling an innovative sanitation value chain for the urban low-income areas in Nakuru County, implemented by Vitens Evides;
  • €892 thousand for the partnership for performance enhancement of water and sanitation utilities in Kenya through benchmarking and collective learning, implemented by Vitens Evides.
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