Bilateral relations between Estonia and Kenya have increased since 2017, when Estonia held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

ESTDEV aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals in Kenya and, in particular, to support measures that bring about systematic and sustainable change and contribute to poverty reduction. In Kenya, ESTDEV operates in areas where Estonia has specific added value to offer, including innovation and expertise in digital issues and e-governance. That is why we focus on supporting education, digital development, and entrepreneurship in Kenya and working with the other EU Member States and local public sector organizations to ensure the sustainability of the changes that have taken place.

Between 2013 and 2021, Estonia has sponsored Kenya using a development cooperation fund of nearly 2 million euros. During this period, 26 projects have been implemented in Kenya to support refugee welfare, humanitarian missions, education, digital development, and resource and environmental sustainability. As of September 1, 2022, 8 ongoing projects in Kenya that support, among other things, the deployment of e-learning solutions, digital literacy, sustainable forestry, agricultural practices, and the establishment of national registers.

Global Sustainable Development Goals in Kenya

Priority areas of Estonian development cooperation in Kenya

  • Digital transformation – assessing national digital maturity; preparing the corresponding roadmap, including development of existing and new e-government tools and e-services.
  • Entrepreneurship – developing a start-up ecosystem and increasing 21st-century skills among young people; increasing the competitiveness of young people and women in the labor market; introducing digital opportunities through evolving skill sets.
  • Education – providing e-learning solutions; making e-learning materials more accessible; developing digital competences.

Important documents

Ongoing projects in Kenya

Project Project dates Project implementer
Mitigating the Effects of COVID-19 in Education: Enhancing Digital Competencies in East Africa 01.01.2021–31.12.2022 NGO Mondo
Providing eKool services in Kenya, follow-up project 16.08.2021–31.12.2022 eKool AS
Supporting refugees hosted by Kenya in sustainable livelihoods through entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture and resilience building 01.09.2021–31.12.2022 NGO Estonian Refugee Council 
Transfer of know-how for digitization of curriculum- based learning materials to educational publishers and schools in Kenya 15.01.2021–14.01.2023 Star Cloud OÜ
Supporting Kenya education sector: digital competencies and creative industry trainings to youth in Nairobi informal settlement 01.09.2021–30.04.2023 NGO Mondo
Strengthening the sustainable forestry practices in Kenya: the introduction and implementation of Timbeter’s innovative timber measurement technology 01.07.2021–30.06.2023 Timbeter OÜ
State registry for Kenyan coffee sector for digital data capture and parameter based search utilisation 15.07.2021–15.01.2024 Reach-U
Initiative for Digital Government and Cybersecurity in Horn of Africa countries 01.04.2022 – 31.03.2024 ESTDEV
Counselling on e-Gov Master´s Programme Development and Raising Awareness of e-Governance to implement ICT Solutions in Kenya 01.09.2021–30.04.2024 Tallinn University of Technology