Kenya, with its central location, extensive road network and port, is the economic hub of East Africa. In recent years, Kenya experienced steady economic growth and an expanding entrepreneurial middle class. Agriculture is the main economic driver contributing to 25% of its GDP. Kenya boasts of a relatively mature financial system with the fintech sector among the fastest growing in Africa.   

Kenya is a youthful country, with 75% of its population below 35 years. For years, Kenya has played a critical role in supporting humanitarian activities in the region and today serves as the second biggest refugee-hosting country in Africa. Kenya's focus lies on eradicating poverty and growing the economy through the Big Four Agenda that creates jobs in the fastest growing industries - manufacturing, food security, housing, and healthcare.

facts and Figures

  • Area: 580,367 km²
  • Population: 47.6 million
  • Capital: Nairobi

Swisscontact in Kenya

  • since 1997


Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Promoting Life Skills and Livelihoods (S4L)
Turkana County, the second-largest county in Kenya boasts of an estimated population of 926,976 with young people below the age of 19 years, accounting for 60% of the population. Classified as the most impoverished county, 79% of its people are living in poverty with illiteracy levels rising to 82%.  Despite the high levels of marginalization,...


Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
A-Academy: a digital learning platform for the refugee camp
According to a survey from 2018, 85% of Kenyans aged 15 and older can read and write in at least one language versus only 40 % of those in Turkana County, the second-largest county where the Kakuma Refugee Camp is located. Similarly, literacy levels of the refugees fall between the national and Turkana county averages. Both in the Kakuma Refugee Camp and in the host community in the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement there is a demand for basic literacy and numeracy skills. Swisscontact identified this need and carefully developed a customised e-learning platform in partnership with Avallain Foundation to fill the literacy gap.
Labour market insertion
Promoting Life Skills and Livelihoods of the Youth in Kakuma
Since 2013 Swisscontact has been supporting young people in Kakuma, Kenya, in strengthening their income-generating capabilities. Read about what has been achieved so far, approaches and the stories of the young people.
Labour market insertion
World Refugee Day 2020
On occasion of #WorldRefugeeDay, read the story of an ambitious and multi-talented man living in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.
Director Central, East and Southern Africa
Anirban Bhowmik


Swisscontact works in Kenya to reduce unemployment and improve the livelihoods of refugees, smallholders, MSMEs and the youth. Swisscontact strengthens their prospects of gainful employment by facilitating technical skills training, promoting financial literacy, and offering linkages to formal financial institutions.  

For over a decade, Swisscontact has played a role in alleviating poverty through implementing interventions that increase access to financial products and services. Through Inclusive Finance Programmes micro-enterprises, subsistence farmers and low-income households have increased their economic activities.  

In the Kakuma Refugee Camp Swisscontact supports refugees and the host community to move from humanitarian support to a lasting development pathway. Activities include income-generating capabilities and employability by facilitating technical skills training in addition to literacy, numeracy, financial and life skills, combining theoretical and hands-on techniques. 

10 Years Financial Services in East Africa
At the beginning of the 2000s, the financial sector in the region was evolving fast and mainstream institutions were beginning to consider changing their orientation to include previously excluded clients. Swisscontact understood that it was not only about inclusive products and services that were accessible and affordable but also about also about the capacity and capability of the workforce to deliver to these clients.
Skills for Life - project journey
The Promoting Life Skills and Livelihoods project commonly referred to as Skills for Life (S4L) was designed to strengthen the income-generating capabilities of youth (both refugee and from the host community) in Kakuma by enhancing their technical, financial, life and literacy skills to improve their chances of an enriched livelihood.
Transforming the lives of entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers through innovative financial solutions.

The Journey of Microleasing in Eastern Africa 2006 – 2017.


Swisscontact in Kenya
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