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Democratic governance, human rights and equitable access to services

Denmark seeks to strengthen democratic participation and citizen engagement, protection of human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), access to justice as well as delivery of equitable public services through the implementation of the Constitution and devolution. 
The Kenyan Constitution has established a strong basis for democratisation. The elements of an effective democracy, including inclusion, transparency and accountability, need to take further root for Kenya to deliver on its constitutional promises. Entrenching constitutionalism and inclusive political processes, with a special focus on devolution and delivery of tangible services to the population, will be particularly important for Kenya in the coming years to defuse political tensions. The gap between aspirations of the Constitution and reality on the ground with regards to the protection of human rights and access to justice will also continue to demand attention. 

In support of the second strategic objective on democratic governance, human rights including SRHR, justice and access to services, the bilateral development programme will focus on engagements, which promote constitutionalism and devolution, civic participation and civil society, human rights and access to justice, equitable access to primary health care services and sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

The Danish support to democratic governance, human rights and equitable access to services is divided in the five engagements listed below.

Primary Health Care: The aim of the program is to improve primary health care with focus on reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health. Conditional grants to primary care at county level and long-term advisor support. The engagement will provide conditional grants to all 47 counties in Kenya to support outreach, operations and maintenance at public gazetted level 2 and 3 health facilities as well as level 1 community health services.

URAIA: Activities under this engagement will manage funds for civil society that will include core budget support to one national strategic CSO. Key thematic areas include democratic participation and citizen engagement, protection of human rights, access to justice as well as delivery of equitable public services and support to county-based civil society organizations.

Kenya Accountable Devolution Program (KADP): Is a World Bank managed multi donor trust fund with an aim to enhance the capacity of the structures (national and county) of devolved government to deliver improved service delivery. Further, to strengthening national support mechanisms focusing on institutionalizing systems and increasing ownership, working intensively with selected institutional partners.

PS Kenya PSI/GVCR Consortium: The engagement is entitled ‘Accelerate’ and seeks to build on the milestones that Kenya has achieved towards the realization of true universal access to quality sexual and reproductive health services (SRHR), prevention and management of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and reduction in Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs).

International Development Law Organisation (IDLO): Earmarked funding to the implementation of IDLO’s strategy. It aims to promote access to justice and the rule of law. Removal of barriers preventing access to justice, notably the cost of accessing justice and the absence of sector accountability platforms in marginalized counties. Moreover promoting the rights of women, youth and children.

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For more information about Denmark's new partnership with Kenya and specific engagements, please contact: [email protected]