Nic Hailey stresses the critical role of family planning at Development Partnership Forum in Kenya

Nic Hailey speaking at 10th Development Partnership Forum
Nic Hailey speaking at the 10th Development Partnership Forum. Photo: Twitter/sidchat1

British and Irish diplomats in Kenya have taken part in the 10th Development Partnership Forum which brought the Kenyan government and representatives of the development partners community together.

The meeting, led by Deputy President William Ruto, sought to understand the priority areas of the Big Four agenda with development partners pledging to align their strategies to the grand development agenda.

Mr Ruto described the Forum as “an excellent mechanism for Government and development partners to engage collaboratively for the country to realise sustainable development through effective cooperation.

“The imperative to accelerate Kenya’s development under the Big Four means there is so much to do, in so short a time, with only so much available. As such, development partners, the private sector and non-state actors will play a vital role in our strategy to manage the cost of living, create jobs, reduce poverty, increase wealth and eliminate inequalities,” he added.

The Deputy President also used the forum to reiterate that the Kenyan government will be ruthless and relentless in the war on graft as it seeks to transform Kenya into an upper middle-income country.

Stating that every arm of the Government has to contribute in the fight against corruption, he added that “every citizen must play their part” if the country is to develop and noted that no one will be spared as the government seeks to tame wastage and abuse of public resources.

“The fight against organised crime, mismanagement, theft and corruption is now running full steam and there are no friends, no relatives and no political sides,” Mr Ruto said.

He also noted that development partners, the private sector and other non-state actors will play a pivotal role in the government’s strategy to manage the cost of living, create jobs, reduce poverty, increase wealth and eliminate inequalities.

“Development partners are doing excellent work and collaborating with the Government at various levels to catalyse Kenya’s transformation. We look forward to strengthening coordination and improving our collective capacity to deliver and succeed,” he said.

At the meeting British High Commissioner Nic Hailey stressed the critical role of family planning to not only improve maternal and child health outcomes, but for Kenya to reap a demographic dividend. 

Co-Chair of the meeting and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Siddharth Chatterjee agreed, Tweeting that “few things have a greater impact on a woman’s life than the number and spacing of her children.”

Swedish Ambassador Anna Jardfelt, who was also co-chair of the meeting said that development partners can use funds to scale up investment, have a structured policy dialogue with the Kenyan government to jointly deliver on the Big 4 Agenda.

The meeting was also attended by envoys including the Head of the EU Delegation in Kenya Stefano-Antonio Dejak, US Ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec, Swedish Ambassador to Kenya Anna Jardfelt, UNDP Country Director Amanda Serumaga and Food and Agricultural Organisation Representative in Kenya Gabriel Rugalema.

Cabinet Secretaries at the forum included Henry Rotich (Treasury), James Macharia (Transport), Sicily Kariuki (Health), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture) and Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution).

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