Seven key facts about Kenya’s North and Northeastern Development Initiative

In 2018, the Kenyan government, with the support of the World Bank, launched a billion-dollar fund aimed at increasing investments in infrastructure in the country’s north and northeastern regions.

The North and Northeastern Development Initiative (NEDI) is spearheaded by both Kenya’s central government and county administrations in those regions.

According to the World Bank, NEDI’s success will largely depend on strong collaboration between the various stakeholders, including the government and development partners.

“The people living in the region[s] are among the poorest in the country,” said World Bank country director for Kenya Diarietou Gaye.

 “This calls for more investments in the region, much more than we have done in the past.”

Here are 7 facts about the initiative:

1. The fund will benefit the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir and West Pokot where some 70% of residents live in severe poverty and have poor access to basic services.

2. These counties will receive funds to support off grid solar access, climate smart agriculture, water and sanitation development.

3. The World Bank is already investing about 20 per cent close of its current $6.9 billion Kenya commitments in the north and north eastern counties.

4. The initiative aims to attract investments to the region to complement ongoing government efforts to improve equity and reduce extreme poverty.

5. The initiative will also seek to improve water supply and sanitation in Mandera Town, Wajir, town and Dadaab communities.

6. Financing will be at community level and at county government level investments to finance larger sub projects.

7. The $1 billion-dollar fund is equivalent to $120 billion Kenyan shillings.