- RURAL DEVELOPMENT
- SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
- SECURITY, RECONSTRUCTION AND PEACE
- SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
- GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT
GIZ has been working in Kenya since 1975. Currently 266 national and 41 international employees, 9 integrated specialists and 16 development workers are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018). The GIZ office is in the capital, Nairobi.
Ranked by the World Bank as a lower middle income country, Kenya is East Africa’s largest economy and one of the leading economies in Africa. It has set itself the target of becoming a rapidly industrialising middle income nation by 2030. A robust private sector, investment in infrastructure and a growing middle class have all assisted the country’s development, helped further by its decentralised system of governance and relative political stability. Kenya nonetheless continues to face many challenges. Almost half its population lives below the poverty line. Agriculture contributes about 20 per cent of the gross domestic product and provides employment for a large part of the population. However, the sector is suffering the effects of climate change and needs to modernise further. Young people make up the country’s biggest demographic group, and youth unemployment is high. The large income disparities in the country reflect great social inequality. Widespread corruption also remains a challenge, and it is proving difficult to carry out the reforms intended to reduce this.
GIZ is working in Kenya with local and international partners on behalf of the German Government. Its main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ is also working with partners from the German and Kenyan private sectors on a range of projects.
The priority areas are
- sustainable economic development and employment promotion
- agriculture and food security.
In the area of sustainable economic development, GIZ supports vocational education and training for youths and young adults. The objective is to equip them with appropriate skills to meet the demands of the labour market, especially the private sector. Activities include developing educational institutions, integrating companies into practical, cooperative vocational training schemes and supporting start-up centres.
In the agricultural sector, GIZ promotes state-of-the-art methods that will improve employment and food security and strengthen resilience to drought. Its projects aim to increase productivity, improve market access and promote vocational training for farmers.
Other projects promote renewable energy, good governance with a focus on combating corruption, peace-building and migration management. GIZ also supports assistance for refugees and host communities in Kenya. In addition, it is implementing a number of regional development programmes on the environment, climate and sport in the country.