Government of Kenya, United Nations and Foreign Missions to Kenya Visit the Frontier Counties of Kenya

The delegation visit a water pumping and desalination station in
Wajir County, constructed under a Public-Private Partnership
between the Government of Kenya, USAID, the Swiss Government, World
Vision, Boreal Light and the Millennium Water Alliance.

By PRESS RELEASE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 2020 (IPS-Partners)

From 26 February to 28 February 2020, the United Nations in
Kenya supported a joint visit to the Frontier Counties of
Kenya.

The objective of this mission was to allow delegates from the
Government of Kenya, United Nations, and development partners to
identify opportunities and innovation beyond what any individual
stakeholder can accomplish, assess Public- Private Partnerships at
county level, and ultimately promote socio-economic transformation
in historically marginalised counties.

The mission was conducted as part on ongoing efforts by the
Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi Arid Lands ( ASALs) and the
UN system to build on the existing United Nations Development
Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022 which responds to the
clarion call by the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Antonio
Guterres of “leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest
behind first”.

The thematic focus of the mission is on access to water.
Specifically, to facilitate both high-level dialogues and visits to
development initiatives related to water which have the potential
to advance the Kenyan development agenda, the Big 4 and enabling
environment, with the CIDPs as its context and the realization of
Vision 2030 and MTP III and 2010 Constitution asserting Kenya
towards Shared Prosperity.

Analysis shows that a deficit of water impacts negatively on
pastoralism and agriculture. Combined with the egregious effects of
climate change, scarcity of water is one of the root causes of
conflict and a driver of extreme poverty, leading over into
degraded health, livelihoods, opening to other negative trends,
radicalization, criminality; and forced migration. Water is also
one of the most important inputs for industries and economic
development: it can have positive impact, unlocking risk capital in
SMEs if it is available, or a negative impact if it is scarce.

The development initiatives visited during the mission, which
were located in the counties of West Pokot, Turkana, Wajir,
Garissa, Isiolo and Marsabit, had common themes of targeted
intervention and local ownership. Specifically, these initiatives
were conceived to bring water and other essential services to
historically marginalized communities and areas, and members of
those same communities were supported to undergo technical training
to both develop and maintain them.

This visit follows a previous high-level mission organised by
the UN and FCDC in 2018, which had a thematic focus of Realization
of the SDGs in the Counties which informed the current UNDAF.

The mission was also able to see first-hand the positive effects
of devolution.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in his State of the Union address in
2019 said, “ There is No Turning Back on Devolution. The System
is sound and has proven its value and contribution to national
development. Its potential and value will be greatly enhanced by
focus on service delivery, prioritizing development expenditure,
unwavering commitment to integrity and anti-corruption, and strict
commitment to value for money in procurement. Devolution will, no
doubt, transform our Nation.”

Led by the Cabinet Secretary of Devolution and ASALs Hon Eugene
Wamalwa and the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya
Siddharth Chatterjee, this joint mission had wide representation
from the Government of Kenya, the FCDC secretariat, the Council of
Governors, the United Nations Country Team in Kenya as well as
Ambassadors/High Commissioners/senior representatives from the
missions of Norway, India, Russian Federation, Portugal,
Switzerland, Netherlands, European Union to Kenya, the United
Kingdom and Canada.

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