NEW YORK, United States - UNFPA’s ninth Kenya Country Programme 2018-2023 was approved by the Executive Board on June 5, 2018, following a compelling statement outlining the Fund’s key achievements in the country to date.

Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, described UNFPA’s notable achievements in Kenya while highlighting the strategy and planned results of the ninth country programme. A video was displayed featuring the Fund’s impact and features of the ninth country programme in “achieving Kenya’s transformative results” for women and girls, and adolescents and youth.

Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae, the Director General of National Council for Population and Development gave a compelling presentation of support, noting that the Government of Kenya and all stakeholders have recognized UNFPA’s contribution to the Kenya success story in enhancing reproductive rights for all.

Dr. Kibaru further praised the ninth Country Programme, adding that it responded to national priorities as articulated in the third Medium-term Plan, 2018-2022, of the long-term development blueprint of Kenya, Vision 2030, while significantly contributing to and aligns with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, 2018-2022.

Correspondingly, the ninth country programme is aligned with the UNFPA Strategic Plan, 2018-2021, and is grounded in the principles of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and aims to contribute to the achievement of the Global Goals of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union agenda 2063. UNFPA’s high-level commitment is to accelerate its contribution to ending 12,690 preventable maternal deaths in Kenya by 2022, said Dr. Ademola Olajide, UNFPA Representative for Kenya.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund in collaboration with Nailab, a technology driven business incubator, supported an innovation accelerator, dubbed iAccelerator, focused on promoting youth sexual reproductive health and rights. 
The innovation accelerator is focused on catalysing and accelerating innovative solutions that will scale up access to youth friendly sexual reproductive health (SRH) information and services.
The winners, Fluid, Sophie Bot, Imara TV and Deaf Elimu, went through a 4-month (August – November 2016) acceleration program that paired them with expert mentors, enrolled them in business management and development training and allowed them access to seed capital of KES 1,000,000 (USD 10,000) to invest in fine-tuning their prototype and go-to-market strategy. The winners were selected from 10 finalists who pitched their solutions to a panel of 5 expert judges comprised of well-known entrepreneurs and business leaders together with experts on SRH issues.

The Government of Kenya and UNFPA was featured at the World Economic Forum in Davos as part of the project 'Health Systems Leapfrogging in Emerging Economies'. Watch the video here


UNFPA Representative to Kenya, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee attended the 3rd Devolution Conference in Meru as acting UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya.


On the 22nd of March the Key Finidings from the Deloittes assessment of UNFPA Kenya's advocacy initiatives was presented in New York. Watch the presentation here.