First person narrative by Mohamed Gololcha, a UN Volunteer and Programme Assistant attached to the Isiolo Youth Innovation Center, Kenya.

Mohamed Golgocha leads a session at the Isiolo Youth Centre

If anyone had asked me how interesting and impactful my involvement as a Volunteer at the Isiolo Youth Innovation Centre would be, I would have never given a conclusive answer. My experience has been beyond my wildest dreams and I am constantly happy to impact and witness the positive change among youth in Isiolo County.

In September 2020, I had just created Isiolo Youth Innovation and Development Forum — Hangout a Facebook page, to encourage the youth to enroll in…

In Orahey- Wajir County, Kenya, blacksmiths are using indigenous knowledge to recycle waste into valuables

By Victor Apollo, Head of Solutions Mapping

As a solutions mapper at the UNDP Kenya Accelerator Lab, I visited 5 counties[1] in a month-long monitoring expedition with the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF). This expedition not only reaffirmed the amazing beauty of our country but also revealed the resilience epitomized by entrepreneurs in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the trip, I came across interesting initiatives like this blacksmith shop Nestled in Orahey[2] market, Wajir county where everyone played their…

An administrative check committee for Call 6 was convened on 10th November 2020 to generate the Shortlist of Grant Applicants for the GAC review.

To determine compliance in the administrative check, the selection process was mainly based on the concept note template checklist, that was meant to guide the grant applicants in conducting self-assessments and ensuring application compliance before submissions were made.

By Caroline Kiarie-Kimondo, Head of Exploration & Lillian Njoro, Head of Experimentation

Students take part in computer lessons that have been included in the Kenyan education curriculum.

March 8th is annually commemorated as the global International Women’s Day. For us, the International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to take stock of the gains made towards achieving gender equality in all spheres of life and challenge ourselves to keep going. The theme for this year’s IWD is #ChooseToChallenge, which had us at the UNDP Accelerator Lab reflecting on gender gaps in the Kenyan innovation ecosystem as it relates to sustainable development goals.

Kenya is home to one of the most dynamic technology and innovation ecosystems…

Eddine Sarroukh,
Senior Advisor Innovation and Technology, UNDP Kenya

Marceline Otieno, a UN Volunteer Public Health Officer working under the Joint Devolution Programme makes home visits to communities as part of the public sensitisation, risk communication, and healthcare services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: UNDP Kenya/Jonhson Muchiri

Back in 1987, the World Health Organization launched the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Kenya, a global movement to reduce maternal mortality. Over the last 30 years, the maternal healthcare field has made considerable progress, though more work needs to be done towards safeguarding the health of mothers and their young ones. Every day, around 800 women worldwide die from preventable pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. Many of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, of which Kenya is no exception. In Kenya, approximately 5,000 maternal deaths are reported annually. …

AccLab team in Kenya (Caroline Kiarie, Victor Apollo, and Lillian Njoro) reflects on 2020; the challenges and opportunities to innovate for an inclusive and resilient future.

2020 brought many changes in terms of how we engage and interact including remote working, the use of facemasks in public spaces, regular use of sanitisers, and physical distancing among others.

2020 was unpredictable and a challenging year for humanity. Like many people across the world, for us at the UNDP Accelerator Lab in Kenya, 2020 was a year where we had to unlearn and relearn how to navigate life’s complexities, including adapting to new ways of working through virtual engagement and collaboration. …

Author: Caroline Kiarie- Kimondo
Head of Exploration, Accelerator Lab, UNDP Kenya

A student on the Autism spectrum access content produced specially for children with disabilities using Virtual Reality Technology. Photo: Action for Children with Disabilities

COVID-19 has brought devastation, loss of lives, and instability across the world. However, the impact of COVID-19 has not been homogenous. The pandemic has affected persons with disability disproportionately, deepening and exacerbating pre-existing challenges faced by persons with disability. More than 15 percent of the global population — over 1 billion people — are estimated to have a disability, 80 percent of whom live in developing countries.

According to the 2019 census, 2.2% (0.9 million people) of Kenyans live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities have, under…

Local communities living within and in the forests are investing in tree seedlings as a way of reforesting the degraded forests. Individuals have taken up the call from the government to plant and protect more than 1.8 billion seedlings in order to achieve the 10% Tree Cover by 2022. Photo: Kevin Ouma/UNDP Kenya

The negative impact of climate change is global; it is exacerbating poverty levels, vulnerabilities, and inequalities. With the increased frequency of floods, cyclones, wildfires, and the rise in temperatures, humanity is in great crisis. As the latest UNDP Human Development 2020 Report indicates, challenges of planetary and societal imbalance are intertwined: they interact in a vicious circle, each making the other worse.

Like several parts around the world, Kenya is not immune to these devastating climatic experiences. In recent times, the country has severally experienced floods and mudslides in numerous regions such as the Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot, where…

Maimuna Hussein (not her real name) is a middle-aged mother of three children living in Tarbaj town in Wajir County and married to one Hussein Ahmed (not his real name). In the last two years, Ahmed has abandoned his family due to marital tensions and neglected his children thereby denying them their right to parental responsibility and maintenance. Maimuna who is poor and illiterate had no knowledge of where to seek formal redress. …

Victor Apollo,
Head of Solutions Mapping, Accelerator Lab — UNDP Kenya

Access to financial and social assets is a key factor in the quest to empower youth to make their own economic decisions and escape poverty. Unfortunately, majority of this group in the informal sector are un-bankable making access to finance a huge challenge. Photo: Kevin Ouma/UNDP

COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the loss of livelihoods and led to an increased rate of unemployment among Kenyan Youth. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, young people aged 20 to 24 years were more adversely affected in the labor market in comparison to other age cohorts. In December 2019, the youth unemployment rate was 14.2%, a percentage double that of the general populations unemployment at 4.9%[1]. Restrictions related to COVID-19 such as business closures, social distancing, and stay-at-home regulations have affected the population, with youth experiencing the hardest blow. …


In #Kenya, UNDP works with the Government and communities towards inclusive and sustainable socio-economic and human development.

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