Kenya is one of around 10 FCDO countries where the number of poor people is thought to be rising, due to low economic growth, rising inequality and high population growth. Although it has the largest and most diversified economy in east Africa, its economic growth is lagging behind its peers due to political and climatic shocks and weak competitiveness.

Top priorities

  • strengthen democracy through improving the capacity and accountability of national and local government
  • promote broad based sustainable economic development and job creation through improving the investment climate, market development, trade and access to finance
  • strengthen systems for delivering health, education and social protection services
  • ensure that no one is left behind from development processes, including women and girls, the extreme poor living in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), and refugees from neighbouring countries

Further resources

FCDO Operational Plan for Kenya
Kenya page on GOV.UK website

Note: Many country summaries were written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and are being incrementally refreshed.
Disclaimer: Country borders do not necessarily reflect the UK Government's official position.

Top projects in Kenya

Children supported to gain a decent education.


2015 - 2020 Source Information
Women and girls using modern methods of family planning through DFID support.


2015 - 2020 Source Information
People reached with humanitarian assistance (food aid, cash and voucher transfers) through DFID support.


2015 - 2020 Source Information
Children under 5, women (of childbearing age) and adolescent girls reached by DFID through nutrition-related interventions.


2015 - 2020 Source Information

Sectors and budgets in Kenya

Help with Sector and Budget Figures
Please note that although budgets are generally split by year, some departments publish budgets that span multiple years. These are represented in the first year of their allocation. Cross-government allocations such as Prosperity Fund and Conflict, Stability and Security Fund are known to duplicate budgets published by other departments, as well as using multi-year budgets.


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.


Programme budget total by year approved at the Programme level to date.

Current finacial year - 2023/2024 £36.1M

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Implementing Partners

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Partner(s) Active Programmes