Overview of SDG ProgressKenya has a multi-stakeholder engagement forum (also called the SDGs Interagency Technical Working Group) on implementation and review of the SDGs. The Government believes that stakeholders’ participation is important in guiding decision-making and supporting it in achieving its strategic objectives. Currently the SDGs Kenya Forum and Kenya Private Sector Alliance are co-chairs of the SDGs Interagency Technical Working Group chaired by the Stated Department for Planning as the highest technical convening arm on the SDGs process in Kenya. As a Forum, this has helped in in guiding our processes - with specific inputs to ongoing work on the use of data and evidence by non-state actors on reporting on SDGs, the CSO-led voluntary national reviews, engagement with county governments whenever undertaking the community dialogues. We have also provided inputs to other national processes - with members being active in influencing work in Goal 2,3,4 5, 16, among others.
Overview of Climate ChangeKenya experienced a severe drought in the first four months of 2019. This was attributed to below average performance of the short rain season between October and December and the delayed onset of the long rain season (March to May). Some responses by members of the forum include:
- Tree planting was undertaken nationally. For example, Caritas Kenya in collaboration with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) provided tree seedlings for free - each Dioceses has planted a minimum of 3,800 trees.
- Expansion and protection of mangrove forest cover (for coastal adaptation and blue carbon sequestration).
- 2,405 MW of new climate resilient renewables developed, to include Geothermal (prioritised as base-load generation), biomass/cogeneration, hydro, solar and wind
Civil Society Priorities
- More effective national and/or sub-national budgets that are transparent, accountable and that implementation is not prone to corruption.
- Publication of data to enable monitoring of implementation
- Recognition of the role of non-state actors data production - which provides nuance and assists in diving deeper into issues through qualitative studies.
Civil Society Engagement
- The SDG Kenya Forum contributes to the Government of Kenya led voluntary national review process in addition to their own CSO led vnr process. This helps to have a critical and objective review of the process being made.
- As indicated, the Forum sits at the IATWG which is the apex body for the implementation of SDGs and monitoring in Kenya.
- Forum has been key in driving the need for Government of Kenya to respond to the needs of stakeholders using and producing data. This also includes request for further disaggregation of official statistics.
- 2030 Agenda has not been translated to local languages yet
- Local government engagement: In Kenya we have 47 counties and each of the counties has an SDG lead. Each county has a 5 year strategic plan called a County Integrated Development Plan and counties are integrating the indicators in the CIDP with SDG indicators.
- Civil society organisations are using the 2030 Agenda for framing their work