Background and objectives
Recognizing the need to address the pressing issue of increasing poverty in the urban areas of Kenya, UNDP is providing support to UN-Habitat for preparation of a programme for poverty reduction in urban areas. The programme focuses at the municipal and city levels on improving decision-making structures to make them more responsive to the needs of the poor, strengthening citizen participation and facilitating community groups to interact more effectively with elected municipal leaders and local authorities.
The preparatory process has set up a consultative group on urban poverty, which includes representatives of government bodies, non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and donor agencies, to advise on the main issues and agree on responses. Consultations have been held with all partners, and a draft programme document has been prepared for discussion.
A development assistance framework was prepared in 1999, and implementation will start soon.