Kenya

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.
 
Kenya

facts and Figures

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

Swisscontact in Kenya

  • since 1997

Projects

Kenya
Initial vocational education and training
Improving skills for young plumbers and electricians through dual apprenticeship training (PropelA)
The PropelA project seeks to introduce a dual apprenticeship model driven by employers for the construction industry in Kenya and beyond, starting with plumbers and electricians.

News

Kenya
09.01.2024
PropelA CEO Networking Event - Unveiling a Future of Collaboration and Innovation
Swisscontact hosted a CEO Networking Event, bringing together PropelA Dual Apprenticeship's stakeholders, encompassing private sector entities, government officials, funders, industry experts, and apprentices. Their collective mission: to foresee and actively contribute to the future landscape of the construction industry in Kenya.
Kenya
Initial vocational education and training
25.10.2023
Empowering youth with prerequisite interviewing skills for success
Swisscontact has hosted an Interview Coaching Workshop for potential apprentices of the PropelA dual apprenticeship programme to prepare them for the interview process with future employers.
Kenya
12.10.2023
Fostering Economic Empowerment and Tackling Youth Unemployment in Kenya
In just a few weeks, our call to action for young people in Nairobi to pursue careers in plumbing and electrical work has seen an incredible response with 2,800 applications. However, with millions of Kenyan youth entering the job market annually, addressing youth unemployment requires scalable, sustainable solutions. By engaging the private sector and fostering collaboration, we aim to create brighter prospects for the youth and contribute to a more prosperous future.
Country Director Kenya
Lillian Mwai - Ndegwa

Interventions

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. 

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Inclusive Finance Programme - 14 Years of Financial Services in East Africa
Although the 2018 IMF Financial Access Survey confirms a positive trend in access to financial products and services in Sub-Saharan Africa, many people are still excluded from the formal financial market system. Sub-Saharan Africa comprises 48 countries and 47% of the people live on less than $ 1.9 a day (World Bank 2018). To a considerable extent...
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.
Microleasing
Transforming the lives of entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers through innovative financial solutions.

The Journey of Microleasing in Eastern Africa 2006 – 2017.
Jobs
Motivated and productive employees with initiative constitute the most important success factor in all areas of our work. We count on individuals who are looking to the future, impact- and team-oriented, and want to work in international development cooperation.

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Swisscontact in Kenya
6th Floor, Victoria Plaza
11 Parklands Road, Westlands
Nairobi