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Democracy, Governance and Conflict

Sarah Alouch, an educator with the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, provides information to voters.
Sarah Alouch, an educator with the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, provides information to voters.
Faith Njunge/USAID

Kenya has reached many democratic milestones in the past decade, including:

  • Creation of new Constitution in 2010, which was developed through an inclusive reform process
  • Credible, legitimate elections in 2013
  • Creation of 47 county governments for a more decentralized governance structure
  • Drafting and implementation of county-level Countering violent extremism action plans.  Community members, religious leaders, security officials, and government representatives are being included in the creation and implementation of these plans 

USAID partners with ministries, Parliament, and other Government of Kenya institutions to strengthen national policies.  We also collaborate with the Government of Kenya to advance the devolution process.  Devolution is a long and challenging process.  If done right, devolution will make Kenya's governance more inclusive, transparent, and accountable.


Devolution and Support to County Governments

USAID encourages county governments to operate with greater transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness.  We work with county executives, legislators, and citizens on a broad range of programs.  Work includes training, on-the-job mentoring, experiential learning, and support for framework development.  We also support enhanced communication between the national and county governments.

Supporting Free and Fair Elections

To support transparent and peaceful elections, USAID and our partners provide training and expert assistance.  Support also focuses on reducing elections-related conflict.  This work will continue in preparation for the 2022 elections.

Empowering Civil Society

Our support for civil society leads to constructive citizen engagement.  With our partners, Aga Khan Foundation, local communities and philanthropic institutions are empowered.  One area of strategic focus is regions and people that are often marginalization. 

Countering Violent Extremism

Attacks by violent extremist groups within Kenya’s borders have increased in recent years.  Kenyan citizens, particularly marginalized youth, are recruitment targets for violent extremist groups.  We protect U.S. national security while advancing aspects of Kenya’s National CVE Strategy.  


Overview: Democracy, Governance and Conflict

Countering Violent Extremism

Devolution in Kenya

Strengthening Civil Society in Kenya

Democracy, Governance and Conflict Activity Fact Sheets

Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI)

Kenya Niwajibu Wetu (NIWETU)

Safeguarding Democratic Space in Kenya (SADES-K)

Strengthening Community Resilience against Extremism (SCORE)

YETU Initiative

Last updated: August 19, 2019

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