Accompanying the energy transition
Securing water supply and sanitation
Supporting the development of transport infrastructure
Stimulating private investment in the social and productive sectors
Protecting and enhancing biodiversity
Located in East Africa and bordering the Indian Ocean, Kenya counts 48 million inhabitants. Thanks to major reforms carried out with the support of the International community, it has become the region’s third economy and records a strong growth (5.7% anticipated for 2017-2019).
However, this growth doesn’t benefit all: even though the country has seen a middle class emerge in the past years, more than a third of the population still lives below the poverty line. Despite the performance of some sectors (telecommunications, renewable energies), infrastructure is not keeping pace with the economic development.
But the potential is there: a young population, a dynamic private sector. The country is a pioneer in the geothermal sector and, on the regional integration side, benefits from the common market that was established by the East African Community (EAC) on all the territory.
Working with Kenya since 1997, AFD is focusing on infrastructure in the energy and transports areas, on urban planning with a focus on water, and on supporting the private sector, particularly SMEs. We include environment preservation in our projects.
Our Nairobi agency has a regional competence in the four other EAC countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda), as well as in Somalia since 2016.