In Kenya, NEPAD was institutionalized through a presidential executive order in 2002, making way for the establishment of the National Steering Committee (NSC) to lead Kenya’s involvement in the initiative. Today, this has evolved into the NEPAD Kenya Secretariat which was in 2003 established under the then Ministry of National Development now the Ministry of Devolution and Planning (MoDP). It is currently under the Ministry of National Treasury and Planning.
The NEPAD Kenya Secretariat is tasked to:
- Serve as an operational coordinating secretariat for the implementation of NEPAD priority programs and the African Peer Review Mechanisms.
At this national level, the Secretariat works to facilitate the implementation of programs in 6 thematic areas namely:
- Agriculture and Food Security.
- Climate Change and National Resource Management.
- Regional Integration and Infrastructure.
- Human Development.
- Economic and Corporate Governance.
- Crosscutting Issues, including Gender, Capacity Development and ICT.
2. Coordinate NEPAD activities in Eastern Africa.
As a regional coordinator, the NEPAD Kenya Secretariat is mandated to:
- Convene regular meetings of the NEPAD representatives to harmonize NEPAD strategies;
- Facilitate regular and frequent information sharing among participating countries and RECs;
- Organizing regional forums to bring together key stakeholders around various NEPAD themes;
- Coordination with the NEPAD Secretariat in South Africa.