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Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:15am

NAIROBI, Kenya (July 7, 2017) – Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) signed a grant with Generation Program Kenya Limited, a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative, to create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide over 100,000 hours in skills development for young people in the apparel industry.

Working hand-in-hand with Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and apparel companies, the pilot program will set up and equip seven training centers throughout Kenya and screen 4,000 youth for participation. The pilot activities include recruitment, training and job placement in the apparel industry. 

By the end of the program, the 2,000 trained Kenyan youth will help address the skills gap that currently hinders growth in the apparel sector in Kenya.  In addition, the goal of the pilot is to create a sustainable and replicable model for apparel sector skills development throughout East Africa.

The Wildlife Information and Landscape Database (WILD) is a mobile phone app for anti-poaching and human-wildlife conflict data.
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 9:00am

To strengthen existing wildlife anti-poaching and human-wildlife conflict (HWC) prevention, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Wildlife Information and Landscape Database (WILD) — a mobile phone application and cloud-based database designed to improve collection, sharing, management and analysis of biodiversity information in East Africa.

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 2:00pm

Launched just over a year ago, Generation Kenya has already given 1,600 young people the skills they need to succeed in the private sector. Funded by McKinsey & Company and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 98% of graduates have already been placed in jobs in one of three careers: banking and insurance sales representatives, retail store assistants and fast-moving consumer goods sales representatives.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:00am

Today at the World Investment Forum (WIF) 2016 meeting in Nairobi, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya and East Africa Mission Director Karen Freeman opened a high-level panel of East African leaders to discuss strategies for promoting the East African region as a common destination for global investors.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:00am

On July 29, 2016, the United States Agency for International Development for Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will sign a five-year Regional Development Objectives Grant Agreement. The agreement describes IGAD and USAID’s shared development priorities to promote sustainable regional economic integration; improve systems to respond to development risks, such as those related to climate change, drought and violent extremism; and strengthen IGAD’s organizational leadership.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 9:00am

On June 16, 2016, Kenyan and U.S. officials launched Afya Jijini (“health in the city”), a $34 million (3.4 billion Kenyan Shillings) integrated health program to improve and increase access and use of quality HIV/AIDS, family planning, and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services.

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 2:00am

Over 100 rising young East African leaders met in Nairobi, Kenya from June 15–17, 2016 to discuss the role of youth in driving sustainable development and a prosperous future for Africa. Discussions focused on inclusive development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and peace and security

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 9:45am

Yesterday, the Kipeto Wind Park, a project supported by U.S. President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative, signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power to provide clean, sustainable energy to the people of Kenya. The 100-megawatt (MW), grid-connected power facility -- which will be constructed in Kajiado County with land leased from the Maasai community -- will be one of the first utility-scale wind projects to generate electricity in Kenya.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 2:15am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has granted KSH 380 million to Kenyan innovators as part of its Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine (KIE), an effort to reward and improve agriculture-based innovations. To date, more than 57,000 rural households have benefitted from KIE-supported innovations and attracted nearly $1.4 million in public and private sector investment.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 8:30am

The U.S. Embassy has announced the launch of niShowPower, a new youth voter registration and information campaign. niShowPower (“show me your power”) encourages Kenyan young people to take part in their democracy by registering to vote and pledging to refrain from violence. The campaign will kick off with a free concert at the University of Nairobi’s Chancellor’s Court from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 15. Top Kenyan artists Juliani, Khaligraph Jones, Octopizzo, Sarabi, and Sauti Sol will play free of charge to support this important initiative.

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Last updated: August 18, 2017

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