Your Excellency, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
Your Excellency, Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya
Cabinet Secretaries present
Principal Secretaries present
The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Siddarth Chatterjee
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Ladies and Gentlemen
1. Let me thank H.E. the President for gracing this occasion under a very tight schedule. May I make some remarks on the key highlights of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) Mid – Term Review, recently concluded jointly between the Government of Kenya and UN Agencies. The 2014-2018 UNDAF has been developed on the principle of “Delivery as One principle (DaO), which is the UN Agencies strategic response to the Paris and Rome Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. “The Delivery as One” principle articulates the streamlining of programmes, improving coherence of UN Agencies and effectiveness of UN Agencies in the Country through one programme, one leadership, one budget framework and one office approach. I am pleased to note that the ongoing partnership between the UN Agencies and GOK has been instrumental in moving UNDAF 2014-2018 process forward, since its launch on 26th March, 2016 by H.E. the President.
2. Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, the “Delivery as One approach ensures that UN programmes are aligned to GOK Vision 2030 Strategy and support the implementation of Second Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2013-2017. The 2nd MTP of Kenya Vision 2030 reflects the wishes and voices of Kenyans to the development agenda. Openness and public consultations in policy-making is a requirement of Constitution of Kenya. I am happy to note that the UN agencies operating in the Country have conformed to our national practice of an inclusive consultative process and participatory approach in driving the UNDAF agenda.
3. Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, the principle of “Delivering as One” has four strategic results areas, which include; (i) Transformational governance; (ii) Human capital development; (iii) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth; and (iv) Environmental sustainability, land management and human security,
4. Your Excellency, Let me talk briefly on some of the achievements under the Four Strategic Result Areas:
i. SRA 1 focuses on transformation governance and has an expenditure of Kshs.2.9 billion. Some of the achievements made towards the realization of the strategic result area one, include; support to Policy Reform Programme in the National Police Service and Independent Oversight Authority (IPOA). Further Devolution and related Accountability systems have been rolled out across the forty seven (47) counties. Devolution Institutions and intergovernmental forums have been established. Over 3,000 county staff have been trained on governance and management courses. A compressive Integrated Multi-sectoral Information System has been developed and M&E technical capacity institutionalized in eight (8) Universities and Kenya School of Government. In addition, gender and human rights principles have been mainstreamed in the Policing Institutions through training of staff.
ii. SRA 2 focuses on Human Capital and has a total expenditure of Kshs.12.5 billion towards human capital investment. This has outcome areas in education, health, nutrition and food security, water and sanitation, HIV and AIDS and social protection. Key highlights include, Strengthened Education Management Information System (EMIS), 189,120 children access to basic education through implementation of child friendly framework in schools. Over 3,900 children in ASALs areas have benefited from school feeding programme. We are also aware of the challenges we face in the health sector despite recording positive gains in the past decade. Among these challenges include, high rates of maternal deaths, spread of HIV-AIDs, TB and malaria. I am happy to note and observe a well- structured cooperation framework between the government of Kenya and the relevant UN agencies to tackle some of these challenges.
iii. Under SRA 3 on Inclusive and sustainable economic growth, a total expenditure of Kshs.4.4 billion has been budgeted. Some of the key achievements include, Four (4) Biashara Centres were established at the county level, 14,000 agricultural producers accessed financial services valued at Kshs.500 million, 489 companies were trained on improved food standards, and 72,809 business persons were trained in relevant business skills. Over 20,000 high quality livestock breeds benefitted 10,000 households and Foreign Direct Investment increased from about Kshs.50 billion in 2013 to about Kshs.100 billion in 2016 due to improvement of business environment in the country.
iv. SRA 4 focuses on Environmental Sustainability, Land Management and Human Security with an allocation of Kshs.18 billion. Achievement include; increased forest and tree cover from 6.99% in 2013 to 7.24% in 2016, and establishment of 188 housing units in Athi River under Sustainable Neighbourhood programme. Also, 3,000 Hectares were put under scale irrigation schemes and 750,000 food insecure persons in ASAL Areas were supported under the cash transfers programme. In addition, 1,079 health facilities in ASAL Counties were supported through supplementary feeding programme.
5. In addition to the achievements made in the Four SRA, we have also significant achievements in flagship programs that have adopted an area-based programming approach in Turkana and Marsabit Counties. My friend, Governor Yattani of Marsabit County will be talking more on this.
6. overall, Your Excellency, although the UNDAF was designed before the SDGs were launched, I want to report to you that the UNDAF SRAs are broadly aligned to SDGs, of course we will be doing more in the coming years to refine the alignment as we fully adopt the SDGs in our next programming of our development agenda in the context of MTP III of Vision 2010.
7. Your Excellency, I must say that we have enjoyed greater efficiency working together with UN Agencies and ensure strong ownership of programs both at national and county level, which is key to sustainability. Going forward, I look forward to increased partnership with development partners, including private sector, philanthropy and CSOs to delivering development to Kenyan’s as one.
8. Your Excellency, the journey of delivering these successes under UNDAF has not been without challenges. I will not list any but just to say that the mid term report has provided us with valuable recommendations on how to deal with these challenges. Working together, we will implement them faithfully.
9. In conclusion, let me once again reiterate our appreciation for the financial and technical support that as a country we continue to receive from our Development Partners in support of our economic development agenda. Going forward, we recognize that to generate sustainable development, we need to invest more in sectors that will deliver economic growth, while supporting the marginalized and vulnerable groups to develop resilience and engage in the economy. We will therefore urge all our Development Partners to ensure that resources are aligned and reflects the strategic focus of the government. Let me also remind ourselves, your Excellency, that we are looking forward to hosting a successful HLM2 meeting to take place end of this month and beginning of December. Preparations are in top gear and we look forward to strong participation locally and internationally.
10. May I now Your Excellence kindly invite you to enjoy a short video clip showing some excellent work that has been achieved during the review period (2014 to 2016). The video clip contains stories of real women, men, boys and girls whose lives have been changed positively by the UNDAF interventions. Let me also invite you to the Market Place if time allows to see some exhibitions.