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This is a listing of our current activities in Kenya, you can access archived fact sheets for closed activities here.
The Asset Based Financing for Smallholder Farmers Project is helping 110,000 smallholder farmers in Western and Nyanza provinces of Kenya double their farm income per acre. More than 70% of Kenyans depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
The Building Climate Change Resilience and Food Security Program is improving the productivity of smallholder farmers by promoting good farming practices and adoption of new technologies. The program identifies keen, hard-working farmers at the village level and develops them into “Agro-Entrepreneurs” called Village-Based Advisors who provide inputs, services and advice on good farming practices to their community. These micro-businesses offer the double benefit of creating rural employment opportunities and building a sustainable system for delivering agricultural technologies. The program is part of the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, also known as “Feed the Future”, which seeks to create conditions where food assistance is no longer necessary.
The Higher Education for Development Drylands Management Program is a USAID-funded partnership between the University of Nairobi and Colorado State University. It is designed to ensure the sustainability and productivity of Kenya’s dryland ecosystems and promote the development of its pastoral communities through increased rates of higher education. The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies graduate degree program in Sustainable Drylands Resource Management opened to students in academic year 2011-2012.
Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises is a USAID and Government of Kenya partnership designed to expand and deliver innovative financial services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including lending for projects in agriculture, renewable and clean energy, information and communication technology, gender and youth, and policy reform. The project offers training, research and analysis, and consulting to the financial services industry in Kenya to develop and deliver products and services aimed at people who are not traditionally served by the financial system.
The Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises Project is the flagship Feed the Future Initiative project in Kenya. The project will promote value chain growth and diversification, increase the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers and other actors along the value chain working in the dairy, maize and other staples and horticulture sectors. The project will work with more than 30 Kenyan government and private sector organizations. The project develops smallholder enterprises that combine maize, high value horticultural crops, and dairy farming to generate wealth, thereby enhancing food security, improving nutrition, and increasing economic opportunities for women, youth and other vulnerable populations. Engagement with the private sector in a meaningful, comprehensive way will ensure the sustainability of the project’s work.
The Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine identifies, fosters, and brings to scale innovative market-driven solutions to persistent food insecurity, under-nutrition and poverty. The Innovation Engine seeks to partner with entrepreneurs who design new concepts, products and services to maximize their commercial potential, as well as nutritional and livelihoods benefits to the targeted communities. The Innovation Engine supports experimentation and rewards proven successes that represent game-changing approaches for thousands of Kenyan families.
The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project, part of the U.S. Government’s “Feed the Future” initiative, is improving food security and nutrition and raising incomes for over 200,000 smallholder farmers. The project is helping farmers to grow more and better quality fruits, vegetables, and flowers, with a special focus on strengthening the value chains related to eight crops: Sweet potato, Irish potato, passion fruit, mango, banana, tomato, cabbage, peas and beans. The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project is also expanding the processing of horticultural produce, linking small-scale farmers with local and export markets, and improving the overall agricultural policy environment.
Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Accelerated Growth aims to increase economic resilience among pastoral communities in Kenya’s arid counties by strengthening the livestock value chain. The activity will foster more sustainable management of natural resources, address issues related to governance of grazing land, water and other natural resources help mitigate conflicts, and allow for diversification of the livelihoods of pastoralists. Interventions will target actors at all levels of the value chain—from livestock keepers to middlemen, traders, transporters and buyers— in order to improve incomes and stimulate growth.
Part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Improving Resilience is reducing hunger and poverty, increasing resilience and social stability, and building a foundation for economic growth among pastoral communities in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands. It unites humanitarian and development assistance to build resilience and expand economic opportunities in the arid lands through disaster risk and conflict reduction, natural resource management, and strengthening of livestock and other sectors.
Tegemeo Institute conducts policy research and analysis in agriculture, rural development, natural resources and environment. The Institute aims to address micro and macroeconomic policy issues that affect farming, processing, marketing, and trade of agricultural products and inputs. Tegemeo Institute undertakes empirical research and analysis on topical agricultural policy issues and promotes policy dialogue and advocacy via the dissemination of various research findings to stakeholders, including government, development agencies, civil society and the private sector. The Institute impacts on livelihoods by influencing the formulation and preparation of policies that affect food security and poverty. USAID supports the Tegemeo Agricultural Policy Research and Analysis II Program, which aims to inform and influence policies and development interventions focused on short- and long-term improvement in agricultural productivity, incomes and food security.
USAID’s Addressing Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Kibera program is raising awareness about gender based violence among residents of the Kibera informal settlement. Additionally, the program is improving access to medical, psychological, and economic support services for victims of gender-based violence and their dependents.
With the adoption of the 2010 Constitution, Kenya set itself on a path towards devolution, introducing a new system of governance that includes 47 county governments with governors and legislatures. The purpose of AHADI is to support Kenya’s vision and agenda for achieving the promise of devolution. AHADI aims to promote governance systems that are transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery, and responsive to empowered citizens by working at both the national and county government levels.
The Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program provides training and technical assistance to Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, political parties, civil society and the media to help Kenyans conduct free, fair and peaceful elections. The program supports technology solutions that improve transparency and increase citizens’ confidence in the electoral process.
USAID/Kenya’s Tuna Uwezo (Kiswahili for “We have the power!”) program aims to reduce politically motivated conflict in the informal settlements of Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho, and Babadogo in Nairobi. The program strengthens community and civil society social networks and promotes collaboration on community issues and resolution of community grievances.
The Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program strengthens the Kenyan Parliament’s capacity for lawmaking, oversight, and representation in a democratic, effective, and transparent manner.
Peace Initiative Kenya focuses on the particular risks that females face in conflict and the specific contributions that women and girls can make in the promotion of a peaceful society. The program fostered a protective and peaceful environment before and during the 2013 Kenya elections.
Strengthening Institutions of Governance and Service Delivery to Entrench Transparency and Accountability
Strengthening Institutions of Governance and Service Delivery to Entrench Transparency and Accountability is a program that advances the implementation of anti-corruption reforms enumerated in the new Constitution in Kenya, including laws and policies that will reduce corruption throughout the political, electoral, and governance systems in the country.
The Support to Electoral Reforms and Processes in Kenya program is a multi-donor effort to build the capacity of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, other government entities, to hold free, fair, and peaceful elections in Kenya, a country that has suffered from elections-related violence in recent decades. The program focuses on institutional strengthening of the IEBC, including training for elections officials and developing a legal framework. The program assisted the IEBC to adopt international best practices for operations and processes.
Supporting the Kenya Constitutional Implementation Process is a partnership between USAID and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to assist the Government of Kenya to develop the comprehensive laws and policies required under the new Constitution.
The Uongozi 2012 Campaign Project is a multi-media activity designed to involve young Kenyans in a public discussion about leadership and inspire them to responsibly engage in the political process – as voters and candidates. The activity uses widespread community outreach, various multi-media channels and a national reality television show to positively influence and empower youth.
The Uraia Trust Civic Education Program is an umbrella under which 57 Kenyan civil-society organizations supported training and deployment of civic educators and the dissemination of a national civic education curriculum in all 47 counties of Kenya. The Program was designed to respond to the hate campaigns that preceded the 2007/2008 post-election violence.
Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya II is a USAID-supported initiative of the Ministry of Education and Aga Khan Foundation. It increases access to quality education opportunities for primary and lower secondary school children marginalized by cultural practices and poverty. The project focuses on improving learning outcomes and implementing evidence-based school management reforms.
The Global Give Back Circle is an innovative education, empowerment, and employment transition program for disadvantaged girls in Kenya. The three core goals are to transition each girl to become empowered, selfless and capable.
Kenya and the United States share the goal of an AIDS-free generation, and the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education project is helping Kenya to meet that goal. The project improves the knowledge, attitudes and practices of students around HIV/AIDS through peer-to-peer, school, and community-based interventions grounded in existing evidence and promising practices from USAID initiatives throughout Kenya. It also coordinates with the Ministry of Education on its HIV/AIDS and Education policy and works with on County Education Offices to implement the policy nationwide.
Kenya Primary Math and Reading Initiative is a partnership between USAID and the Government of Kenya, the initiative is laying the foundation to measurably improve the language and mathematics skills of 3 million Kenyan children by the end of Grade Two by 2015.
Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership on Building Capacity through Quality Teacher Preparation
The Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership is a joint project of Kenyatta University and Syracuse University aimed at improving the quality of secondary school teaching and education in Kenya through expanding and enhancing teacher preparation and professional development. The partnership is focused on building the capacity of the education system through secondary pre-service teacher training and mentoring of new and practicing teachers for continuous professional growth.
Wings to Fly is a public-private partnership between USAID, Equity Group Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, UKaid, and KfW. The project provides full scholarships that include tuition, room, and board to enable academically gifted but economically disadvantaged and vulnerable children to pursue secondary and tertiary education. The selected young people also receive leadership training, career guidance, and personal mentoring to help them maximize their potential.
Yes Youth Can Central is a youth empowerment program that is being implemented in Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Muranga counties as part of a national effort to avoid a repeat of the devastating violence that followed the 2007 elections in Kenya. Mobilized by angry politicians, youth were both the perpetrators and the victims of widespread violence that undermined the nation-state and peaceful ethnic co-existence.
Yes Youth Can Coast prepares youth in Taita Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu to play an active, peaceful, and positive role in their communities by creating economic and social enterprises. It also promotes a youth voice in local and national policy dialogue and participation in inter-ethnic coalitions.
Yes Youth Can is a national activity that has empowered one million Kenyan youth to expand their economic opportunities, contribute to their communities and become responsible members of society. Through Yes Youth Can and the National Youth Bunge Association, young people aged 18-35 organize themselves into youth-run and youth-led village and county-level bunges (Kiswahili for “parliaments”) and democratically elect leadership as representatives in national outreach activities. USAID has established Yes Youth Can in 30 of Kenya’s 47 counties, focusing on regions that have experienced high levels of violence or where threats of terrorism and extremism are prevalent.
Yes Youth Can Nairobi prepares youth in Nairobi County to play an active, peaceful, and positive role in their communities by creating economic and social enterprises. It also promotes a youth voice in local and national policy dialogue and participation in inter-ethnic coalitions.
Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province is an investment by USAID to counter violent extremism through youth empowerment. The project builds on the success of the Garissa Youth Project, which provided direct services to over 5,000 youth in order to reduce radicalization and increase social stability. The project focuses on providing positive alternatives to those most at-risk of recruitment.
Yes Youth Can Nyanza is a youth empowerment program promoting peaceful coexistence and new livelihood opportunities for youth in Nyanza. It is part of a national program that has mobilized youth to form bunges, or parliaments, at the village, county, and national levels.
Yes Youth Can Rift Valley is a youth program that puts youth squarely in the driver’s seat to determine their own future. Based in Kenya’s Rift Valley, an area that experienced some of the worst post-election violence after Kenya’s 2007 presidential election, the Yes Youth Can program supports young leaders or “bright spots” to champion the potential of their peers.
Yes Youth Can Western is a youth program that improves the social and economic status of youth in Western Province, Kenya. The program empowers Kenyan youth to exhibit leadership in peace building, social service, and economic prosperity for holistic community development.
The Kipepeo (Kiswahili for butterfly) Project is a community-based enterprise that supports the livelihoods of people living around Arabuko Sokoke forest in coastal Kenya. The Project promotes conservation by creating income-generating opportunities from forest butterflies.
The Laikipia Biodiversity Conservation Program supports the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, a membership-based organization established to conserve Laikipia’s wildlife and ecosystem integrity. The program improves the lives of Laikipia’s people by bringing communities together to conserve and sustainably use the natural resources on which they depend. The program also promotes innovative strategies for rangeland management, river and wetland management, conservation enterprise development, and forest management.
USAID Kenya, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), supports Kenya’s efforts to pursue long-term, transformative development and accelerate sustainable, climate-resilient economic growth while slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. With leadership from Kenya’s Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources, the activity facilitates the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Ministry of Planning and Devolution, County Governments and the Private Sector. The National Climate Change Action Plan enhances Kenya’s low carbon climate resilient development.
The Northern Rangelands Trust is an umbrella organization formed in 2004 by the Lewa Conservancy and USAID. It brings together local pastoralist communities with land owners and the Government of Kenya to promote the long-term conservation of wildlife in Kenya’s northern rangelands. At present, Northern Rangelands Trust oversees 26 community owned and managed conservancies covering over 25,000 sq kms. The Trust works to improve the lives and livelihoods of over 280,000 residents spread over seven counties in one of Kenya’s major wildlife migration corridors. The largely pastoralist communities learn and practice wildlife conservation, natural resources management, and non-violent conflict resolution. They also develop tourism and nature-based enterprises to preserve the northern rangelands and improve their livelihoods.
Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare is a partnership between Moi University School of Medicine, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, and a consortium of U.S. medical schools led by Indiana University. It was established in 2001 as a successful model of HIV/AIDS control that uses a system-based approach to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and closely links clinical care, research, and training. It is currently Kenya’s largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS care program. It has enrolled over 160,000 HIV patients throughout Western region of Kenya.
APHIA II (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program), Health Communications and Marketing
USAID/Kenya supports an integrated service delivery model to improve the health of Kenyans across the country. The AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program, also known as APHIAplus, combines family planning, maternal/child health, malaria, nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services to provide an integrated, high-quality, equitable approach to sustainable services at the national, county, and community levels. Integrating these activities through one activity provides more effective communication and coordination with county health administrators. Seamless services and technical support at the local level ensure health workers address the unique needs of each geographic area across the country.
AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus IMARISHA (Integrated Marginal Arid Regions Innovative Socialized Health Approach) is a five-year activity designed to sustainably improve the health of communities in the Northern Arid Lands of Kenya by delivering integrated health services and household and community economic strengthening interventions. The activity works to strengthen Government of Kenya systems and engage local communities through local implementing partners and cultural leaders to spearhead the adoption of healthy behaviors and the dismantling of retrogressive cultural practices.
USAID Kenya supports an integrated service delivery model to improve the health of Kenyans across the country. The AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance program, also known as APHIAplus, combines family planning, maternal/child health, malaria, nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services to provide an integrated, high-quality, equitable approach to sustainable services at the national, county, and community levels. Integrating these activities through one program provides more effective communication and coordination with county health administrators. Seamless services and technical support at the local level ensure health workers address the unique needs of each geographic area across the country.
The AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program, also known as APHIAplus, combines family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services to provide an integrated, high-quality, equitable approach to sustainable services at the national, county, and community levels. Integrating these activities through one activity provides more effective communication and coordination with county health administrators. Seamless services and technical support at the local level ensure health workers address the unique needs of each geographic area across the country.
APHIAplus Nuru ya Bonde improves the lives of mothers, children and their families in Kenya’s Rift Valley region. The project focuses on delivery of quality health services related to HIV/AIDS, family planning, reproductive health, malaria and tuberculosis. APHIAplus Nuru ya Bonde leads interventions to strengthen HIV counseling and testing, prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, increase family planning and reproductive health resources, and improve maternal and child health. It also works to build the capacity of local partners to implement quality assurance and coordination of monitoring and evaluation.
USAID/Kenya supports an integrated service delivery model to improve the health of Kenyans across the country. The AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program, also known as APHIAPlus, combines family planning, maternal/child health, malaria, nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services to provide an integrated, high-quality, equitable approach to sustainable services at the national, county, and community levels. Integrating these activities through one program provides more effective communication and coordination with county health administrators. Seamless services and technical support at the local level ensure health workers address the unique needs of each geographic area across the country.
FUNZOKenya is supporting the Government of Kenya’s efforts to make dramatic changes to its health worker education and training systems. “Funzo” means training in Kiswahili, and the activity works across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-service education of health workers, increase the number of health workers graduating from Kenya’s medical training institutions, improve access to training for existing health workers, and link professional licensing to ongoing professional development. The activity is initiating public-private partnerships that are increasing available funding for health worker training and professional development.
The Health Commodities and Services Management activity is designed to address gaps in commodity management, pharmaceutical policy and services, and laboratory systems with a goal of strengthening commodity management systems for improved health outcomes and greater impact.
The Human Resources for Health Capacity Bridge activity partners with the Government of Kenya and health sector leaders to strengthen and transform health workforce systems in the public, private, and faith-based sectors. The goal is to enhance health service delivery and, ultimately, improve health outcomes for the people of Kenya. Human Resources for Health Capacity Bridge strengthens health workforce policy and planning; builds the knowledge and skills of national and county health workers; improves health worker productivity and retention; and supports the human resources information systems for effective planning and decision making.
The USAID Inuka Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project works to improve the overall wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children, and their households. The project partners with non-governmental, faith and community-based organizations and relevant Government of Kenya Ministries, including the Ministries of Labor, Social Security and Services, Health, Education, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
The Kenya Pharma activity applies innovative approaches to increase the scale and efficiency of HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and treatment. It works in close collaboration with the Government of Kenya and the National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Program. Kenya Pharma provides an uninterrupted supply of high-quality, low-cost medical commodities to people living with HIV/AIDS through a drug procurement and distribution system.
USAID/Kenya’s Leadership, Management and Sustainability activity strengthens the leadership, management, skills and practices of health workers in Kenya. The activity works with faith-based organizations and the public and private sector to strengthen health systems.
Measure Evaluation-Pima (Pima means “to measure” in Kiswahili) builds sustainable monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity for Kenyan health officials to support evidence-based decision making that furthers policy formulation and improves health systems and outcomes. Measure Evaluation-Pima works with Kenya’s Ministry of Health to identify and respond to information needs at the national and sub-national levels.
The National Health Management Information System activity (AfyaInfo) works to establish an integrated government-owned and managed health management information system that is coordinated at national and county levels. The goal is to generate quality data and improve the culture of information generation, which should ultimately improve health service delivery.
The Nutrition and HIV Program supports the management of malnutrition and control of HIV-associated nutrition and health risks among people living with HIV, HIV-positive pregnant and postpartum women, and orphaned and vulnerable children. To do so, the Nutrition and HIV Program strengthens the capacity of National HIV/AIDS and STIs Control Program (NASCOP) under the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and through collaboration with the Divisions of Clinical Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Community Health Services. The program also collaborates with faith-based organizations and civil society organizations providing nutrition assessment, counseling, and support services in health facilities and in the community.
Tuberculosis (TB) Accelerated Response and Care capitalizes on Kenyan expertise and know-how to significantly reduce the burden of TB in Kenya by 2018. The activity was designed by the United States Government in close collaboration with Government of Kenya health managers. The activity is implemented by a local Kenyan Non-Governmental Organization, Center for Health Solutions, which is led by qualified Kenyan health professionals who bring local solutions to the Kenyan people. The activity aims to increase the proportion of TB cases identified and treated to over 95 percent. It is aligned to the health policies and targets set forth in Kenya’s Vision 2030.
With funding from USAID, Watoto Wazima mobilizes and scales-up community-based responses to orphans and vulnerable children to enable them live a normal life. The project aims to empower these young people and their families with skills to enhance their productivity and improve livelihoods to meet the needs of caregiving.
Wezesha Project mobilizes and expands community-based responses to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. The activity works with local implementing partners, including non-governmental, faith- and community-based organizations and relevant Government of Kenya Ministries, including the Ministries of Labor, Social Security and Services, Health, Education, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
USAID/Kenya’s WASH program focuses on water supply and sanitation access, hygiene promotion, management, and environmental sustainability in rural areas, especially the arid and semi-arid lands. The program cuts across several sectors, including Feed the Future, Environment and Natural Resources Management, and Population and Health. The WASH program complements USAID/Kenya’s US$65.5 million investment in increasing food security and resilience in Kenya’s drought-vulnerable arid lands.
The Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction program works to increase access to clean water and improve sanitation and hygiene in Kenya’s arid lands. The program is part of a larger effort to assist the Kenyan government and local communities to increase their resilience to droughts and flooding caused by a changing climate while simultaneously increasing access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene services. Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction will integrate and sequence emergency relief efforts with long term development efforts in order to increase water storage capacity, improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions at health facilities and nutrition centers and improve access to and use of safe drinking water, point of use water treatment, and good hygiene behaviors to reduce diarrheal diseases.
Africa and Kenya in particular, has become a center for innovation and entrepreneurship. Kenya is a world leader in mobile-money, driven in part by the market leader, M-PESA. Second generation mobile money driven innovations in Kenya such as the mobile microfinance service M-SHWARI and “pay-as-you-go” home solar systems from M-KOPA show the potential of mobile money to break down barriers to development. Kenya is on the frontlines of innovation more broadly, with creative entrepreneurship incubation spaces such as “iHub,” and companies like Google, IBM, and Intel strengthening operations in Nairobi. In July 2015, the Kenyan and United States governments will co-sponsor the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi. The 2015 summit will focus on generating new investments in entrepreneurs, particularly women and young entrepreneurs.
Kenyan counties in arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) have suffered recurrent drought, human conflict, and a legacy of marginalization by government and international investments. The Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth in Kenya (PREG) brings together humanitarian and development partners to build resilience among vulnerable pastoralist communities in northern Kenya. It includes both USAID programs and implementing partners. USAID PREG works with the Kenya National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and county governments to coordinate resilience and economic growth activities.
Kenya Fact Sheets
Kenya has the largest and most diversified economy in East Africa. Nevertheless, 40 percent of Kenyans live below the poverty line and more than 1.5 million will require immediate food assistance through February.
Last updated: July 23, 2015