Map Kenya

GIZ has been working in Kenya on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1975. We currently employ 53 seconded experts, including 18 development advisors and 6 peace-keeping experts, as well as 403 national personnel there. In addition, 7 CIM experts are employed in Kenyan research institutions. In addition our project activities in Kenya, we are also involved in 15 development partnerships with the Kenyan and German private sectors.

Even today many Kenyans lack access to basic services. International cooperation efforts to improve this situation are constantly up against high population growth.

The chronic drought in the north and east of the country will remain a major challenge if no sustainable solution is found.

There is still no implementation framework for the political reforms laid down in the constitution. One of the key challenges is to achieve decentralisation. This should help improve living conditions and strengthen political accountability.

The current conflict with neighbouring Somalia poses a threat to Kenya’s economy and security.

Priority areas for GIZ activities in Kenya include water, health and agriculture. Other projects target good governance, social justice, support for public finances, the introduction of risk management strategies for climate change adaptation and the distribution of energy-saving stoves.

In addition, we implement regional programmes geared to strengthening peace and security (EASFCOM) and developing an environmental label for African products (Eco-Mark Africa, EMA). Development-oriented Emergency and Transitional Aid (DETA) programmes are implemented locally in order to provide support for refugees as well as the local population in the vicinity of the Dadaab refugee camp.

The fight against HIV/AIDS is a feature of all programmes and projects.

GIZ supports capacity development for individuals, organisations and institutions, to enable the people to improve their lives through their own efforts. We have developed guidelines for pro poor development and carry out our projects in close cooperation with civil society on the basis of intergovernmental negotiations.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Nairobi
Country Director
Hendrik Linneweber

Office address
GIZ Office Nairobi
Riverside Drive, Riverside Mews Building, opp. Prime Bank Headquarters
Phone: +254 20 4228 000
Fax: +254 20 4228 999

Postal Address
P.O. Box 41607 00100, Riverside Drive