Development Cooperation

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Development Cooperation

Combating poverty, overcoming hunger and disease, strengthening education, promoting democracy and peace, realising human rights and equal opportunities, preserving our environment and resources - these are objectives that can only be achieved jointly by the international community. Within the framework of its development policy, the German Federal Government contributes to these objectives and strives for achieving jointly the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Kenya plays an important role as a partner country of the German Development Cooperation. During the government negotiations held in 2013, there was a commitment of a total of 138 million Euros as new funds for the period of 2014-2016. 106.5 million Euros account for the Financial Cooperation channelled through the KfW Development Bank and 31.5 million Euros for Technical Cooperation implemented through GIZ.

In 2013 the following priority areas of development cooperation were agreed during the government negotiations:

Agriculture and Rural Development

Water and Sanitation

Health Care

Further areas of cooperation are:

Good Governance

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


In addition, Germany supports projects in terms of the development-oriented emergency/ transitional aid and humanitarian aid, as well as activities of political foundations, church organizations and civil society. Overall, the Official Development Assistance (ODA) for Kenya amounts up to 263 million USD per year (2011/2012). Among the bilateral donors in Kenya, Germany is currently ranked at the 2ndplace.

Besides bilateral cooperation, the Federal Government of Germany is also engaged at multilateral/ international level for Kenya, for example in the context of the EU development cooperation and by supporting regional and international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Development Bank. All three levels - bilateral, European and multilateral cooperation – are important pillars of the German Development Cooperation.

From left: Christoph Schmidt (Technical Advisor GIZ), Ismahan Adawe (Assistant to Minister of Interior), Brigitte Reichelt (Programme Manager GIZ), Julia Kronberg (Head of Cooperation, German Embassy), H.E. Minister Abdurahmen Mohamed Hussein (Minister of Interior), Hon. Abdirashid Mohaed Hidig (State Minister, Ministry of Interior), Ahmed Nur (Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees & IDPs)

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Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Find more general information on Germany's development cooperation as well as on Kenya-specific topics on the BMZ website.

The Federal States ("Länder") and development policy

The German Federal States ("Bundesländer") have been active players in development policy for more than 50 years. Under the following link, you can find out more about their development-oriented activities and partnerships.

General Factsheet on Kenyan-German Development Cooperation

Factsheet: Private Sector Development