Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya

Development Cooperation

Mariëlle Geraedts - Head of Development Cooperation
Melle Leenstra - Food Security 
Noeke Ruiter - Water
Stijn Janssen - Political Affairs (Security and Rule of Law

Grace Vyhya - Administrative Officer
Lynne Kinyua - Secretary

Dutch bilateral development cooperation with Kenya started in the early years of Kenyan independence and has had a turbulent history. After the inauguration of president Kibaki in 2002 and based on his economic recovery plan, the Netherlands intensified the development cooperation. In 2006, the bilateral relation was reduced due to corruption in Kenya. In addition, the disputed results of the general elections in December 2007 and the subsequence post-election violence required a reconsideration of Dutch bilateral policy with regard to Kenya.

In 2011, the Embassy of the Netherlands spent about € 13 million on development cooperation. The Netherlands closely cooperates with the government of Kenya, but financial support flows via NGOs and UN organisations.

Delegated Development Cooperation funds in 2011  in mln (€)
 Good Governance and Human Rights  3.807
 Business climate  1.293
 Environment and Sanitation  8.042
 Culture and Sports  0.323
 Small projects  0.079
Total  13.5


 The total amount of Dutch development via others channels than the bilateral channel is, an estimated budget of € 150 million in 2011. This includes:

  1. The contributions to more than 30 Co-Financing Organisations (MFOs) (approximately € 25 million a year).
  2. Environmental programmes directly financed from The Hague that focus on biogas and sustainable energy.
  3. Private Sector Investment (PSI) contributions. PSI supports Dutch entrepreneurs who invest in emerging markets. PSI supports countries that make the transition to a market oriented and sustainable economy.
  4. NUFFIC scholarships and collaboration with universities.
  5. The Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO-projects), intended to encourage public infrastructure development in developing countries. In Kenya ORIO contributes to the development, implementation (construction and/or expansion), operation and maintenance of public infrastructure, hospitals, education and water supply.
  6. FMO (international development bank of the Netherlands) invests about €150 million, mainly in the financial and energysector, but also in the railway company.
  7. Since 2011 a new fund exists to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and girls worldwide, FLOW: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women. By doing this, the government emphasizes the importance of gender-equality in development cooperation.
  8. Sports and Development. By using the value of sports, the Netherlands wishes to contribute to poverty reduction, well-being and peace building in developing countries. Sport programmes develop the social and educative skills, through cooperation, mutual respect and leadership. The Embassy supports projects like WomenWin.
  9. The humanitarian aid to Somali refugees is also directly funded by the ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. The Netherlands is a main contributor to UNHCR that works in the refugee camps in Kenya.

New strategic plan Development Cooperation (2012-2015)

In the period 2012-2015, the Netherlands will focus on spearheads formulated in the ‘New focus of Dutch development policy' (Letter to the House of Representatives of March 18, 2011), namely: Food Security, Water, and Security and Security/Rule of Law. For the link to the public version of our Multi-Annual Strategic Plan please click below. More information about the implementation of this policy can also be found on the pages below.


References to active development organisations in Kenya:

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands supports agriculture in Kenya. The Embassy has programmes both for the purposes of agricultural trade with the Netherlands, as well as in development cooperation with local farmers to ensure food security in Kenya.