Kenya

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GIZ has been working in Kenya on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1975. We currently employ over 200 national personnel as well as 66 international personnel. Through our various project activities in Kenya, we are also involved in 11 partnerships with the Kenyan and German private sectors.

Agriculture contributes largely to Kenya’s GDP; 75% of national food production is produced by subsistence farmers who lack access to inputs, finance, commercial markets, and business and market orientation. They are also short on know-how around implementing sustainable technology to raise productivity. Here, GIZ activities focus on providing innovations to increase employment, and food security.

The Kenyan Government has shown a strong commitment to providing healthcare for all citizens. However, with more than 20 million Kenyans living on less than USD 2 per day, part of the population risks being left behind in accessing quality healthcare. GIZ supports state and non-state actors in this sector, in implementing relevant strategies to improve coverage with high quality primary health care services especially for the poor and members of the informal sector.

Over the last decades, corruption has impeded the implementation of reform agendas and the provision of sufficient services making it a huge constraint to equitable and sustainable socio-economic growth. This is a result of loopholes in the system caused by weak internal structures, greed, lack of accountability and poor leadership. GIZ is supporting state and non-state actors to combat corruption and abuse of power in public administration more effectively, closing the chain between detection of corruption and legal enforcement.

Kenya’s electricity framework is one of the most developed in sub-Saharan Africa. The numerous reforms that the Kenyan Government has promoted over the past 15 years have led to further competition and efficiency gains. Given Kenya’s abundant renewable energy sources, the potential to scale up renewable energy technologies is high. GIZ also contributes to an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective and reliable electricity supply in Kenya focusing on geothermal, solar, hydro and wind power.

The private sector is a main driver of growth and development in Kenya. As a result, GIZ cooperates with various local partners with the aim of reducing poverty through job creation and income generation specifically in the extractive industries and green jobs.

Other areas of activity include Civil Peace, where GIZ contributes to strengthening the capacity of local organizations in the field of dialogue, conflict sensitivity, and non-violent conflict transformation; the use of sport as a means to achieve development objectives. GIZ also has a presence in Kakuma, the largest refugee camp in the world where it implements various activities with the end goal of improving the living conditions of refugees and the host community.

Various regional programmes are also being implemented in the areas of environment and climate change and strengthening peace and security. GIZ supports capacity development for individuals and select institutions to enable the people to improve their lives through their own efforts. We have developed guidelines for pro-poor development and we carry out our projects in close cooperation with the civil society on the basis of intergovernmental negotiations.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

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GIZ Office Nairobi
Country Director
Hendrik Linneweber
Email: giz-kenia@giz.de


Office address
GIZ Office Nairobi
Riverside Drive, Riverside Mews Building, opp. Prime Bank Headquarters
Phone: +254 20 4228 000
Fax: +254 20 4228 999
Email: giz-kenia@giz.de


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