Closing Remarks By Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Devolution And Asal Areas During United Nations Development Assistance Framework (Undaf) Co-Chair’s Lunch Meeting At The Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, 13th March 2018


Mr Henry Rotich, EGH, Cabinet Secretary

Siddharth Charterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator

Hon. Nelson Gaichuhie, CAS, the National Treasury and

Ministry Planning;

Amb. Hussein Dado, CAS, Ministry of Devolution and ASAL;

Mr. Nelson Marwa, PS, State Department for Devolution;

Mr. Micah Powon, PS, State Department for ASAL;

Mr. Julius Muia, PS, State Department of Planning;


  • The cordial working relationship with all key stakeholders including development partners and all other agencies within the national government involved in this program
  • I am delighted to be part of this meeting that has provided brief on the status of UNDAF (2018-2022).
  • My Ministry has been able to provide overall guidance to UNDAF implementation, coordination and reporting in the area on Transformational Governance and mainly in the area of Devolution and Accountability.
  • It is expected that under this outcome, Kenya will have a participatory devolution process that is well understood by stakeholders, adequately coordinated & equitably resourced for delivery of accessible & quality services.
  • We also envisage having Devolved institutions that are legally & technically empowered, well managed, effective & accountable, where resource management is transparent, equitable, effective & efficient at all levels.

Achievements under UNDAF 2014-2018

Under UNDAF (2014-2018), our state department together with other agencies has been able to realise several achievements including:

  • Development of a Policy on Devolved System;
  • Development of Information Education Communication (IEC) strategy to support the Ministry communicate and engage the public on its activities and achievements; and
  • Development and dissemination of 51 county model laws;
  • The Ministry has established the Devolution Sector Working Group (DSWG) secretariat to support implementation of devolution;
  • The Ministry has developed, launched and issued County Public Participation Guidelines;
  • The Ministry has developed and trained county government officers on Civic Education Curriculum and manuals. This is aimed at providing standardization in provision of civic education by different civic education providers through a National Civic Education Framework that is under development;
  • The Ministry is a member of the East Africa Local Government Forum and through the UNDAF hosted the regional meeting of East Africa Local Government Forum in January 2016.
  • Under our chairmanship, we supported the development of the five-year strategic plan for the forum.

Protracted Relief & Recovery Operation Project (PRRO) within the ASAL areas

  • The Project covers 15 ASAL counties with total of 705,000 beneficiaries.
  • The objective of the project is to support and strengthen resilience of communities to shocks through asset creation including adaptation to climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Main activities include food production and value addition.

Kenya Drought Recovery Programme (KDRP)

  • This project was funded by the UNDP at a total cost of Kshs. 98 million and was completed in September 2013.
  • It supported the operations of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) in Turkana and Garissa Counties.
  • The main focus of the project was livelihood diversification, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

Enhanced Resilience to Disaster Risk, Conflict and Climate Change

  • The project was funded by the UNDP at Kshs. 84 million and supported operations of the NDMA in Turkana and Tana River Counties. It was implemented over a nine month period with a completion date of December 2013.
  • The overall objective of the project was to improve effectiveness of emergency preparedness, response and early recovery for affected communities and displaced populations and enhance effectiveness of disaster risk reduction.

Governance for Drought Risk Reduction (DRR)

  • The Governance for DRR in Kenya Project was a 3-year initiative which had the objective of strengthening institutions responsible for disaster risk reduction both at national and county levels.
  • The project interventions covered support to policy enactment, establishment of mechanisms for assessing and monitoring disaster losses and impacts; support to mainstreaming DRR into government planning and budgeting process; disaster information management systems and partnerships.

On-going Activities

  • Comprehensive review of the County Government Act, 2012 and the Intergovernmental Relations Act, 2012.
  • Development of a framework for performance of concurrent functions;
  • Development of regulations for intergovernmental consultative forums;
  • Development of a policy on regional economic blocks;


  • Commitment to making devolution work.
  • We look forward to participating in the upcoming UNDAF 2018-2022 and to play our crucial role to the success of devolution in Kenya.

Hon. Eugene L. Wamalwa, EGH

Cabinet Secretary

Ministry of Devolution and ASALs