Picture: United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee (Left) and Marsabit County Governor Ukur Yattani,During the signing of the agreement in Hilton Hotel,Nairobi.

The Government of Kenya,Marsabit County Government has entered into two key partnerships that have the potential of promoting peace and development in the Kenya-Ethiopia Border.

The Cross Border Programme for Sustainable Peace and Socio-Economic Development: Marsabit County, Kenya – Borana/Dawa Zones, Ethiopia aim at unlocking the economic potential of county in the Kenya-Ethiopia border and promoting inclusive and sustainable Peace and development in the border.

According to statistics from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Our cohesion index rose from 64% in 2013 to 86% in 2015. We have undertaken, various initiatiatives to lay a solid foundation for inclusive and participatory governance as well as a transformative social economic development agenda” Say’s Governor Ukur Yattani.

The Cross Border Programme for Sustainable Peace and Socio-Economic Development, launched by the President of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn on 7 December, 2015 In Moyale Border Town,is a partnership conceived and developed by the Government of Kenya, the Government of Ethiopia, the United Nations, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the County Government of Marsabit, and Borana Zone.

The signing will effectively give way to an intensive and extensive resource mobilization exercise in support of the projects envisaged in the document.

National and regional governments from both sides promised to prioritize the programme in the allocation of resources which they said will be operated and coordinated in a predicatable and accountable manner. The European Union head of mission Stephano Dejak says EU has already approved 63.5 million Euros for the programme.

On his part, Governor of Marsabit County, Ukur Yatani, said if the program is succssessfully implemented and its transforming lives and livelihoods in the border town of Moyale “it will be an example to the region and the world.”

Ethiopian Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Development Affairs, Kassa Teklebrhan asked partners to be at the forefront of making the program a success. “I call upon the regional and local administrators of the two countries to exert your utmost effort to mobilize local resources to the implementation of prioritized projects since the external support only serves as catalysts for our indispensable roles,” he said.

The signings coincided with the launch of the Roadmap for developing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2018-2022), the modality that will govern GOK-UN collaboration on development as well as galvanize support from other partners such as donors, private sector and civil society.

The Roadmap outlines key components of the document as well as stages of development to be taken into account so that a new, effective framework aligned to Kenya’s Vision 2030 exists by the time the current one, UNDAF 2014-2018, expires in July, 2018.

The roadmap therefore analyses and identifies gaps from the current UNDAF for improvement including on alignment with national, regional and global processes and priorities as well as stakeholder engagement.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee said that UNDAF has demonstrated, through delivering as one and a mix of both regional and area-based programmes, that innovative approaches to development can solve many of the contemporary development challenges the world is facing today.

“The UN in Kenya is committed to working with the Government of Kenya and other partners in improving the lives of Kenyans by contributing to programs that speak to Sustainable Development Goals and Kenya’s Vision 2030,” he said.