Kenya signs two memoranda landmark signatures

Kenya Thursday signed two key partnership documents under United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) that will enable Marsabit and Turkana Counties attain sustainable peace and transformative socio-economic change.

The two partnership agreements that are part of the UNDAF’s flagship projects have the potential of promoting peace and development in the border regions across Ethiopia and Kenya and within the country as well.

During the signing in Nairobi, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich said, We have also signed the project document for the Cross-Border Integrated Programme for Sustainable Peace and Socio-Economic Transformation in Marsabit County (Kenya), Borana and Dawa Zones of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia. The programme was jointly launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who formalized the initiative through a joint memorandum (MOU), signed on 7thDecember 2015 at the border town of Moyale.

The Cross Border Programme and the Turkana Transformation Multi-Partners Trust Fund both aim at unlocking the economic potential of counties in the Kenya-Ethiopia border and promoting inclusive and sustainable development in the region.

The two signings coincided with the launch of the Roadmap for developing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022.

The roadmap is to govern the government of Kenya and the United Nations (UN) collaboration on development as well as spur support from other partners such as donors, private sector and civil society.

Rotich said that the process of developing the Medium-Term Plan three (MTP3) has also included the UNDAF as part of it.

He added that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will also be included in the UNDAF 2018-2028 strategic plan.

To ensure that we achieve the objectives of this plan, it is important to coordinate harmonised implementation of the strategy and therefore focus on results including partnership, transparency and accountability, said Rotich.

Rotich said that the programme seeks to realise an attraction in violence, conflict marginalisation, poverty and underdevelopment performance, which has been a fallback of the North-South pastoralists in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Our objective is to transform the region into a prosperous, peaceful and even community through capacity building programmes provided in the signed memorandum of agreement, said Rotich.

County Director, UNAIDS, Miriam Maluwa said that this innovative programme is timely and relevant in strategy, approach and scope.

She added that the integration nature of the programme, namely the cross border, cross countries, cross sectors and cross partners as well as its unison intended impact on the ground on the community falls well within the spirit and inherent of the priorities and reforms of the United Nations and will greatly contribute to the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

She said that the programme is well aligned with Ethiopia’s development agenda set out in the Government Growth and Transformation Plan 2 (GTP 2) of 2015/2016 � 2019/2020, as well as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) of 2016-2020.

Source: Kenya News Agency