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Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy and the second largest population in East Africa. It also has a young, ambitious, and well-educated workforce eager to contribute to the development of the country. These factors have helped the country become a leader in mobile money and information and communication technology. As “the gateway to East Africa,” Kenya  plays a vital role as a transportation hub for much of sub-Saharan Africa. 

The friendship between the Republic of Kenya and the United States dates to the dawn of Kenyan independence. As an important partner in East Africa, Kenya is a significant recipient of U.S. foreign assistance. For nearly 60 years, USAID has worked closely with the Kenyan government, Kenya’s private sector, and the Kenyan people to:

  • Advance access to education;
  • Improve quality healthcare through nutrition, family planning, and maternal and child health, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and strengthening healthcare systems;
  • Lay a foundation for long-term economic growth through trade, agriculture, and infrastructure initiatives; and
  • Make devolution work for the benefit of all Kenyans through democracy, governance, and conflict interventions.

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