Development policy and foreign policy are integrated in the daily work of the Danish Foreign Service in both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen and the Danish missions in Denmark's partner countries. Danida is the term - brand name - used for Denmark's development cooperation. It is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for development assistance and is served by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Service.
Denmark and Kenya have been close development partners since independence in 1963. The new country programme builds on lessons learnt, emerging challenges and the opportunities for democratic and economic reform given with the Constitution of 2010.
The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen visited Kenya during 15 – 18 December and meet partners and projects supported by Danish development cooperation in the fields of good governance, green growth and health. The visit launched the new Country Programme starting January 2016.
The Kenya Country Programme will support the objective of Kenya’s Vision 2030 “Contributing to a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030”. The Country Programme has a total budget of DKK 970.5 million equivalents to KES 15 billion distributed to three thematic programmes:
The Thematic Programme on Governance (KES 3.5 billion), the objective of which is “Implementation of the Constitution and consolidation of an accountable, inclusive, and participatory democracy based on increased stability”. The TP will support the constitutional reforms with essential change processes in three intervention areas: (i) Democratic practices; (ii) Public sector effectiveness; and (iii) Peace, security and stability.
Partners in the Governance Programme are: The National Treasury, The World Bank’s Kenya Accountability Devolution Programme, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, International Development Law Organization, Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya Chapter, URAIA trust providing support to CSOs, Act Change Transform.
The Thematic Programme on Green Growth and Employment (KES 7.5 billion), with the objective of “Inclusive greener growth with higher employment”. The TP will focus support on two intervention areas: (i) Sustainable growth and jobs from investment and trade; and (ii) Sustainable use of natural resources and community resilience.
Partners in the Green Growth Programme are: The ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, The National Environment Management Authority; Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Climate Innovation Centre, Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust, Northern Range Land Trust, Water Services Trust Fund; Business Advocacy Fund and Trade Mark East Africa
The Thematic Programme on Health (KES 4 billion), the objective of which is “Provision of equitable access to quality health care” in the newly devolved system, and it will be achieved through two intervention areas, namely: (i) Support to the devolved health sector in the form of operational support for primary health care facilities and for health systems strengthening at county and national government levels; (ii) and support for maternal health and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Partners in the Health Programme are: Ministry of Health, County Governments, UNFPA on behalf of a joint UN Programme and Gender Violence Recovery Centre at Nairobi Women’s Hospital.
The Kenya Country Programme 2016-2020 with annexes can be found through these links:
Kenya Country Programme 2016-2020
Kenya Country Programme 2016-2020 Annexes