The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Kenya on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1975. GIZ currently employs more than 200 national and 60 international personnel. Through its various project activities, the GIZ office in Kenya is also involved in eleven partnerships with the private sector, both here and in Germany.
Now ranked by the World Bank as lower middle income country,- Kenya is East Africa’s largest economy and one of the leading economies in Africa. By 2030, the country wants to achieve the status of a newly industrialised, middle-income country. Despite having a robust private sector, investments in infrastructure, a growing middle class, an improved, decentralised system of governance, and relative political stability, Kenya is still grappling with many challenges. Agriculture, which contributes about 20 per cent of the gross domestic product, is suffering the effects of climate change and is also affected by poor infrastructure. Consequently, it is necessary to import basic food at a great cost. Kenya has an estimated population of 46 million. The youth, who are largely unemployed or underemployed, make up the largest percentage of the population. Almost half of the people live below the poverty line, unable to access quality healthcare services, safe and affordable drinking water or adequate sanitation. Kenya has a large income disparity that reflects the reality of the social inequalities that it faces. Corruption is a key challenge, and it is proving difficult to carry out the reforms intended to reduce this.
On behalf of the German Government, GIZ is working with local and international partners to improve access to safe water and health care services, especially for the poor and members of the informal sector. In agriculture, GIZ activities focus on innovation to increase employment, food security and drought resilience. A new priority area is technical and vocational education and training for tyoung people, to equip them with appropriate skills to meet the demands of the labour market, especially the private sector.
Other areas of support include renewable energy, good governance with a focus on combating corruption, peace-building and migration management . GIZ also provides support to refugees, voluntary returnees and host communities. Various regional programmes are also being implemented in the areas of environment, as well as sports as a means of development.
Projects and Programmes
One World, No Hunger
Security, reconstruction and peace
Governance and democracy
Environment and climate change
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