Find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with.
The Department for International Development (DFID) closed on 2 September 2020 and merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to create the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
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Kenya is one of the fastest-growing economies in the region and has a reputation for pioneering innovative business ideas in financial services, telecoms, digital and renewable energy. Kenya’s success in these areas has had a significant impact on the lives of millions of people across the region.
Despite progress, over 16 million Kenyans still live below the national poverty line. Whilst Kenya’s growth is positive, political, climatic and security shocks affect its ability to grow, and keep the poorest and most marginalised in extreme poverty. Inequality is growing: 750,000 young people enter the labour market each year with few job opportunities. More needs to be done to address the social and political causes of conflict and there are risks of radicalisation, especially in the north and along the coast. Regional instability has an impact within Kenya’s own borders and stirs up internal grievances.
These issues threaten Kenya’s own stability and risk undermining its ability to address regional and shared challenges, including migration and terrorism. They also threaten the UK’s global interests including the prospects of strengthening a modern development partnership based on shared goals.
To find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with please read the full country profile for Kenya.
For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Kenya, see:
- Development Tracker to explore international development projects funded by the UK government by country and sector
- International Development Funding finder tool for funding opportunities by country, sector and organisation type
- Research for Development Outputs for outputs from DFID funded research projects and programmes
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