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November 24, 2015


International partners and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials met today to discuss preparations for the 2017 general elections and to review current donor support for the IEBC Secretariat. We reaffirmed together our commitment to free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections and discussed the steps the IEBC is taking to strengthen its capacity and improve public trust and participation in the electoral process.

We noted the publication of the IEBC’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 in July 2015 and looked forward to early publication of the Operational Plan for 2017 Elections. We agreed on the importance of rebuilding of public trust through proactive and effective public engagement and communication. We emphasized the need for widespread voter registration to ensure the right to vote among all groups of society; and that all stakeholders should work together to secure the credibility and capacity of the IEBC, including through sufficient funding for the electoral process.

This statement has been issued by the following Heads of Mission in Kenya:

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July 17, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is investing $4 million this year in Kenya’s immunization program.  Speaking as a donor, I can tell you that childhood immunization programs provide a very high return on investment. Vaccination services prevent illnesses, which reduce direct health costs and save millions of shillings in indirect costs, a fact I know Secretary Macharia appreciates.  More importantly, vaccination services save lives.

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July 15, 2014

(As prepared)

Habari zenu, Good morning,

Honorable Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury; Honorable Michael Kamau, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure; Lucy Mbugua Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority; other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great honor to be with you.

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July 15, 2014

(As prepared)

I am so pleased to be here to mark another milestone in our 50-year partnership with Kenya. 

We are here today because we recognize that Kenya is in a position to benefit from the positive effects of a demographic change.  The country is overflowing with young and ambitious Kenyans eager to contribute to the development of the country.  If we can move them responsibly into their working age years as healthy, educated and productive adults, with fewer dependents, they can lead the development process and elevate Kenya to a middle-income country.

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July 15, 2014

Nairobi, July 15, 2014—United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Karen Freeman, joined Stephen Wainaina, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, and Dr. Josephine Kibaru, Director General of the National Council for Population and Development, to announce a new evidence-based tool, known as DemDiv, that informs policymakers of the potential benefits of the demographic dividend and the investments required to achieve those benefits.

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July 11, 2014

Nairobi, July 10, 2014 – Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission in Kenya, Isiah Parnell, joined the Environment Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Akinyi Kaudia, to jointly launch a new Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) office for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) mission in Kenya. The new office will support the Government of Kenya’s goals, with a focus on climate change, water tower restoration, wildlife management and anti-trafficking, and low carbon resilient development.


Last updated: November 24, 2015

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