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.
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.
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.
Through training and mentorship, USAID is improving the effectiveness of both male and female public officials. In Kenya, women continue to be under-represented as political leaders and elected officials at both the national and county levels. Ahead of the 2017 elections, USAID is also giving women the confidence and space to run for office by helping them gain the tools necessary to campaign competitively.
A record 105 tons of elephant tusks and 1.3 tons of rhino horn were set afire on April 30th at Nairobi National Park. The event, organized by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), sent a strong symbolic message that Kenya's natural heritage is not for sale, and that wildlife alive is worth far more to the country's economic development and future generations than the money derived by their slaughter.
Last updated: April 27, 2017