Over Ksh 9billion UK funding helping Kenya cope with climate change

A solar panel is installed
A solar panel is installed. Photo: Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)

The United Kingdom is continuing its financial support to help Kenya mitigate from and adapt to , the consequences of climate change through its £3.87billion International Climate Fund.

At the end of an eight year period which began in 2011, the UK will have spent in excess of Ksh 9billion in Kenya on a range of initiatives including:

  • supporting the Kenyan government implement its National Climate Change Action Plan and on Climate Finance readiness
  • leveraging private sector investment in low carbon technologies
  • helping communities to adapt to the effects of climate change
  • improving livelihoods in affected areas
Setting up a solar array at Makilu Church
Setting up a solar array at Makilu Church. Photo: Matt Berlin

The UK government recently invited contractors to apply for funds to generate solar power for three villages in Turkana County as part of an initiative it is supporting to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The £30m Green Mini-grids Africa programme will help develop clean energy mini grids across Kenya which will play a critical role in giving communities that are too distant or dispersed to be connected to electricity access to clean energy. It is hoped this will spur productive investment in the arid and semi-arid areas of the country.