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Start Date: 1 April 2014

End Date: 31 March 2017


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The UNDP Kenya Country Office, in collaboration with UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative, UNEP, UN-HABITAT, ILO, UNIDO and UNESCO have established a Joint Climate Change Programme ‘Support to Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development for Poverty Reduction in Kenya’. This Joint Programme (JP) seeks to help Kenya transition to a low carbon climate resilient development pathway reducing the country's vulnerability to climate risk and improving livelihoods while contributing towards the global efforts to reduce green-house gases emissions.

The JP was jointly designed with the Government of Kenya, which recognized the impacts of climate change (CC) on the country’s development; and the inherent risks which would greatly affect the realization of the country’s development blueprint, the Vision 2030. This JP is in line with the recently enacted National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017 (NCCAP) which stipulates the need to mainstream CC adaptation and mitigation measures in national and county planning and budgeting processes and in all sectors of the economy as a means to further Kenya’s people-centered development strategy.

To actualize the UN’s commitment of ‘Delivering as One’, aptly captured in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) under Outcome 3.2. ‘Enhanced environment management for economic growth with equitable access to energy services and response to climate change’ the JP utilizes the specialized niches of the UN agencies to achieve the following:

  1. Pro-poor climate change adaptation and mitigation in the national and county planning and budgeting process are mainstreamed.
  2. Renewables and sustainable biomass production promoted.
  3. Sustainability and employment creation in the building construction industry enhanced.
  4. Low Carbon Transport catalyzed.
  5. Illegal wildlife trade is addressed.

Overall Budget (USD):  56,546,373

Funded (parallel) (USD): 1,833,332

Pass-through funds (USD): 1,830,243


Assistance Strategy

The JP is designed to support the Government of Kenya develop policies, execute pilots activities, and spur low carbon climate resilient development in 5 main Output Areas:

Output 1: Mainstreaming of pro-poor climate change adaptation and mitigation in Kenya’s national and county planning and budgeting process by UNDP/UNEP

  • Pro-poor CC adaptation and mitigation priority programmes incorporated in the national Mid Term Evaluation Framework (MTEF) guidelines, and recommendations made for uptake by the new county level governments.
  • At least two MTEF Sector working groups (Agriculture and Rural Development, and Environment, Water and Housing) apply revised MTEF guidelines for budget year 2016-2017, and two pilot county teams.
    • At least 120 high level national (Treasury, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, MTEF sector working groups and CC Units in sectoral Ministries) and county governments officials trained in application of MTEF Sector/County guidelines/procedures that incorporate pro-poor CC adaptation and mitigation.
    • Proposed pro-poor CC adaptation and mitigation related indicators and corresponding sources of information identified for inclusion in the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (NIMES).

Output 2: Promoting renewables and sustainable biomass production in Kenya by UNDP/UNIDO

  • Further reduce GHG emissions and contribute to stabilization of GHG concentrations through, promotion of grid connected renewables, enhancing access to good quality solar PV products and promoting practices which lead to conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks by spearheading a framework towards sustainable charcoal production and use in Kenya.

Output 3: Output 3: Enhancing Sustainability and Employment Creation in the Building Construction Industry by ILO/UNEP/UN-Habitat

  • Promote regulatory reform through building codes, government procurement policies, energy efficiency standards, and safety norms to enhance resilience. Such a promotion of green buildings within the context of the observed boom in the construction sector in Kenya would lead to important gains in employment.

Output 4: Catalyzing Low Carbon Transport in Kenya by UN-Habitat/UNEP

  • Expertise provided to strengthen the transport component within the on-going urban planning programs in Kenya, and at least one county develops and adopts a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) that will impact on a target population of 100,000.

Output 5: Addressing illegal wildlife trade (UNEP/UNESCO)

  • Support to the Government of Kenya’s overall strategy and coordination of the national response to illegal trade in wildlife, strengthening the national enforcement capacity for investigation, prosecution and judiciary in relation to wildlife crime and strengthening the national communication and outreach in relation to illegal wildlife products.

This JP is being led by the UNDP Kenya Country Office in collaboration with UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative, UNEP, UN-HABITAT, UN-ILO, UNIDO and UNESCO. The lead Government of Kenya Implementing Parttner is the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR) with some cokllaborations with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, the National Treasury and some pilot County Governments. The project will also partner with a local NGO, the kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA). 


Governance and Decision-Making

The JP utilizes the pass-through funding modality, whereby the Participating UN Organizations have appointed UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office to perform the role of the Administrative Agent (AA) for the Joint Programme. UNDP is the Coordinating UN Agency, while other UN Agencies are in charge of executing their specific Outcome areas, assuming full programmatic and financial accountability for the funds disbursed to it by the Administrative Agent.

The JP is governed by the Programme Steering Committee (PSC), responsible for overseeing programme implementation. The PSC will be chaired by the Government with UN Agencies co-chairing for their respective outputs. 



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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
Total as of
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 1,777,618  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 1,249  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 720  
Total source of funds   1,779,587
Transferred to Participating Organizations 1,759,841  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -2,085  
Administrative Agent Fee 17,776  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 12  
Total use of funds   1,775,544
Balance with Administrative Agent   4,043
As a percentage of deposits   0.2%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 1,759,841  
Total resources   1,759,841
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 1,754,101  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -2,085  
Total expenses     1,756,186
Balance with Participating Organizations   3,655
As a percentage of transfers   0.2%
Total Balance of Funds   7,699
As a percentage of deposits   0.4%
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Administrative Agent Issues in Kenya:

Ms. Maria-Threase Keating, UNDP Country Director, Kenya, Email:;

Mr. John Gathuya, UNDP Operation Manager, Kenya, Email:;

Mr. David Githaiga, UNDP Team Leader Energy, Environment and Climate Change Unit, Kenya, Email:;

Mr. Geoffrey Omedo, UNDP JP Programme Officer, Kenya, Email:;


Administrative Agent Issues in the New York:

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990

Ms Eva Sáenz de Jubera, Fund Portfolio Manager, Telephone: +1 212 906 6594; E-mail:

Mr Sean Chen, Portfolio Associate, Telephone: +1 212 906 6061; E-mail:

Ms. Louise Moretta, Chief of Finance, Telephone: +1 212 906 5667, E-mail:

Ms. Jacqueline Carbajal, Finance Associate, Telephone: +1 212 906 6613, Email:

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