The Kenyan government on Thursday signed a pact with the UN to promote development in its northeastern Turkana County that has suffered a string of natural disasters like droughts in recent times.

A platform dubbed “The Turkana Transformation Multi-Partner Trust Fund” (MPTF) will be established to help Kenya and its multilateral partners mobilize new resources to help unlock the potential in the county.

“The UN in Kenya is committed to working with the government and other partners in improving the lives of citizens by contributing to programs dovetails with Sustainable Development Goals and the country’s Vision 2030,” the UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee said in Nairobi.

Chatterjee said the new financing arrangement was proposed in 2014 to help promote sustainable development in Turkana County that has remained on the margins due to environmental vagaries and insecurity.

“The fund will help in promoting collaboration and cooperation between the county, UN, the international development partners, the private sector and philanthropic organizations,” said Chatterjee

Chatterjee said the fund is open for contributions from government, the UN, the international partners and private sector.

The fund is in the process of being set up in New York and its disbursement will be channeled through the national government.

Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich said that the signing of the agreement marked a milestone in the development of the arid region.

“The fund will help transform Turkana County from marginalization to sustainable development,” said Rotich

The fund is expected to make a transformational governance, human capital development, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, environmental sustainability, land management and human security in the county. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/