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United Nations Fund to Boost Kenya’s Social Development

  Jul 3, 2019

The Kenyan government has taken many steps to ensure it achieves its goals and vision for its citizens. In a bid to transform the country into an industrialized, middle-income country providing high-quality life to all its citizens, it fashioned Vision 2030. Then came the Medium-Term Plan (MTP) 2008-2012, the first in a series of successive 5-year medium term plans aimed at implementing Vision 2030. Lastly, the Big4 Agenda, championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to lock in four pillars of administration dedicated to fulfilling election promises.

To fulfil these undertakings, the Kenyan government, by way of Public-Private Parnerships,  ensures these goals remain attainable. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is one such partnership which guides the United Nations (UN) financial assistance for the next five years under their development expenditure fund. Within this framework,  21 specialized UN agencies including The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) contribute US 1.9 Billion Dollars directed towards the government’s social, political and economic development agenda.

In a policy breakfast meeting sponsored by Strathmore University Business School (SBS) in partnership with Business Advocacy Fund (BAF), Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator, shed more light on the projects of UNDAF. Mr. Siddharth with a vast background in humanitarian throughout Africa has worked with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Kenya,  and has spearheaded efforts to reduce Kenya’s high maternal deaths as well as challenges faced by adolescent girls like female genital mutilation and gender-based violence.

“1 million Kenyans get sucked into poverty year on year because of an out of pocket catastrophic health shock which results into intergenerational debt and cumulatively turns into intergenerational poverty. This project proposes to put much stress on universal healthcare coverage through solutions that are preventative in nature” said Mr. Siddhart.

Mr. Siddhart acknowledged that the implementation of UNDAF does not come without its challenges and recognized Kenya’s war against corruption. He remained confident in UNDAF’s ability to deliver and described Kenya as half nature and half magic, quite hopeful for its future.

The over-arching mission of SBS through The Africa Media Hub (AMH) in partnership with BAF is to enable experienced journalists and communication experts to carry out in-depth reporting and investigation, data analysis and expert coverage of critical issues related to business and the global economy using data visualization. This improves financial and economic reporting by building skills and resources for journalists, communication experts and other professionals to better inform the continent and the world economy.

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