Nic Hailey prepares for Newton Fund launch in Kenya

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Nic Hailey helps make final preparations for the Newton Fund launch. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, has been helping to make the final preparations for the launch of the Newton Fund.

The launch will see 11 new UK/Kenya science collaborations go live on the 6 March.

Last year, Mr Hailey and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Dr Fred Matiang’i, signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) pledging to strengthen their collaborative partnership in research and innovation through the launch of the Newton Fund.

The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA).

The Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund.

On Wednesday, Mr Hailey joined a meeting on renewable energy and using UK investment to move Green energy projects in Kenya forward.

He also took part in a defence dialogue with Kenya’s Defence Forces. Speaking on Twitter. the High commissioner said the UK was “proud to be Kenya’s close partner working for security in East African and the wider world.”