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DFID Kenya Profile: July 2018


The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty. This is what developing countries want and is what the international system needs to help deliver. Whilst there is an urgent need for traditional aid in many parts of the world, ultimately economic development is how we will achieve the Global Goals and help countries move beyond the need for aid.

Contribution to the Global Goals and other government commitments (achieved as at March 2018)

  • 270 thousand children supported to gain a decent education
  • 313 thousand children under 5, women and adolescent girls reached through nutrition related interventions
  • 628 thousand additional women and girls using modern methods of family planning

Headline deliverables

  • Economic development: We will help Kenya create good quality jobs and stimulate investment through our work on urbanisation and improving the business environment. We will reduce the costs of trade in Kenya and the region, helping businesses reach a market of over 200 million people, contributing to long-term prosperity and security.
  • Basic services and building resilience to crises: We will help the government invest in essential health services to stop young women dying in pregnancy and child birth, and make sure 450,000 women and girls can take control of decisions about when they have children and how many. We will help over 1 million people cope with drought and conflict, and improve the government’s ability to respond to humanitarian crises. We will work with partners to find long-term solutions for refugees in Kenya who have fled their homes in neighbouring countries.
  • Building stability and institutions: We will use our diplomatic and development expertise and influence to improve government systems and accountability, tackle corruption and reduce conflict and the risks of radicalisation. We will continue to build the systems that ensure the government can take on financing and management of poverty reduction programmes without the need for external aid.