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One UN on Gender in Kenya

The objective of the “One UN” is to improve the impact, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness and positioning of the UN system in Kenya to enable it better assist the country to meet the MDGs and Vision 2030. This will be achieved through One Programme, One Budgetary Framework, One Office, One Leader and Communicating as One. About Us

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One UN on Gender in Kenya


In Kenya, our vision is to contribute towards the achievement of gender equality by 2018.

The UN’s investment is driven by a theory of change that is centred around the following:

  • The creation of an enabling policy, legal, and institutional environment.
  • Social transformation to address the sociocultural drivers of gender inequality.
  • Investing in women’s empowerment and women’s movements, which will drive their full economic and political participation.

A joint government–UN work plan on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) ensures that UN interventions on GEWE are relevant, effective ,and accountable. Capacity development on gender for UN staff and partners will complement the Delivering as One on gender approach

In 2007, eight countries volunteered to pilot the “Delivering as One” (DaO) approach, innovating new approaches to coherence at the country level. The eight pilot programme countries were also joined by a steadily growing number of voluntary adopters. Kenya was among those that adopted the DaO approach in 2010.


The UN Development Assistance Framework for Kenya 2014– 2018 is an expression of the UN’s commitment to support the Kenyan people in their self-articulated development aspirations.

The UNDAF has been developed according to the principles of the UN’s ‘Delivering as One’ initiative. It is aligned with the Government of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Medium-Term Plans. The UNDAF is also internally coherent with the programmes of UN agencies operating in Kenya.

The UNDAF covers four strategic result areas:

  1. Transformational Governance
  2. Human Capital
  3. Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth
  4. Environmental Sustainability, Land Management, and Human Security

Women’s economic opportunity index.The lowest score being 0 and highest score 100

Year 2010
Year 2018

Tenders awarded to women groups under AGPO (National Treasury)

Target :
Year 2018
Year 2016
Value of Tenders in Year 2016

No. of studies measuring the percentage of Extractives Industry companies’ community programs spent on women’s and youth projects.

Year 2018
Year 2013

Share of women employed in the non-agricultural sector as a percentage of total employment in the non-agricultural sector

Year 2017
Year 2006

No of private sector actors that sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

Year 2017
Year 2013


To coordinate our efforts, a Gender Working Group has been set up, and all UN agencies a remembers. It is an internal coordination and knowledge management mechanism. Regular meetings are held to exchange information and coordinate interventions around gender equality and women’s empowerment. This systematic cooperation is considered crucial for improving the imp act and reach of our GEWE results and effectively mobilizing and utilizing resource s. The principles of aid effectiveness guide the Gender Working Group in terms of alignment, partnerships, transparency, and accountability. The group also participates and is represented in the government-led Gender Sector Coordination Group and the Development Partners Group on GEWE


Gender equality is one of the key UN Development Group programming principles which guides the work of the United Nations. Within the UN system, UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

In Kenya, the UNDAF articulates several results related to gender equality and women’s rights and empowerment. The approach is two-pronged and is achieved through the following:

Gender mainstreaming in all four UNDAF Strategic Result Areas and in the work of individual agencies.
Development o f flag ship program me s on specific gender-related issues which require a multi-agency, multi-faceted response

UN Gender Working Group

The Gender Working Group (GWG) is the UN inter-agency gender coordination mechanism empowered to influence the UN system to Deliver as One on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE). It is a key mechanism for joint UN action and coordination at the country level and is essential in providing an effective means of coordinating and strengthening national operations in support of GEWE. The GWG works in close collaboration with the Government led Gender Sector Coordination Group (GSCG) and the Development Partners Group on GEWE. The GWG serves five main purposes:

  1. Strengthening overall UN Country Team (UNCT) coordination and performance on GEWE.
  2. Engage with key UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) mechanisms to enhance quality of implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  3. Support resource mobilization for identified Joint Programmes and other GEWE initiatives.
  4. Establish policy advocacy platforms.
  5. Participate in wider government, development and civil society partnerships for coordination, learning and information exchange.

Membership to the GWG is open to all members of the UNCT.  It is currently chaired by UNESCO, co-chaired by UNDP who serve for a period of one year. UN Women is the permanent coordinating secretariat.

Development Partners Group on Gender

In 2005 in accordance with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, Development Partners committed to jointly work together through a coordinated approach at the country level to ease the strain on recipient governments and strive to channel at least 2/3 of all their support through Programme-Based Approaches. In Kenya, the Development Partners Group on Gender consists of embassies, bilateral aid agencies, multilateral agencies including the UN and international NGOs. The goal is to strengthen capacity among public institutions and civil society organizations that promote gender equality and respect for human rights with a focus on women and girls. It is currently chaired by the Embassy of Sweden and UN Women.

Gender Sector Coordination Group

The Gender Sector Coordination Group was established as part of the gender aid architecture made up of development partners, line ministries and national civil society organizations in Kenya in which the country adopted the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The establishment of the GSCG provides an opportunity to reform delivery and management of aid in order to strengthen impact of development provides an opportunity to reform delivery and management of aid in order to strengthen impact of development results as well an opportunity for a more holistic engagement matters related to gender…

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