Technical Assistance for EU Joint Programming in Kenya

Country or Region: Kenya

Sector: Joint Programming

Client: European Commission

This project consisted in supporting the EU and EU Member States towards the finalisation of the EU Joint Programming Strategy in Kenya, aimed at delivering better aid and development results through improved coordination and coherence of their cooperation strategies in the context of their aid-effectiveness commitments. This project is the following step of a technical assistance undertook under the same FWC lot in early 2013 to assist the European Commission (DEVCO/A2) and EU Delegations in exploring the potential for joint programming in Kenya and in devising measures that aim at improving aid effectiveness and aid impact.

Through Joint Programming, the EU institutions and EU Member States have developed a long-term vision of their joint development cooperation in Kenya, reaffirming their support to Kenya’s Medium Term Plan II and Vision 2030. Joint Programming in Kenya aims to strengthen collaboration and coordination among EU Development Partners towards improved and more effective dialogue with the Government of Kenya.

The team helped the EU Delegation produce a Joint Programming Strategy in Kenya:

  • A joint analysis of the development challenges and priorities of Kenya as per Medium Term Plan 2
  • An overview of the division of labour and the degree of synchronization of EU actors in Kenya
  • An emphasis on the sector priorities of the EU in Kenya, where the EU actors share a joint analysis, a joint program and (when possible) joint implementation modalities
  • Mechanisms for annual monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the EU joint programming Strategy
  • Elements for a joint visibility strategy of EU development assistance to Kenya

This project led to the publication by the EU Delegation of a joint cooperation strategy in support of Kenya’s Medium-term Plan 2014-2017. This report develops the idea that an improved coordination, a better division of labour and the efforts to deliver development results jointly should ultimately lead to an increase in aid-effectiveness and a reduction in transaction costs for the Kenyan government.