The mutual relationship between Kenya and Estonia has grown since 2017. At that time, Estonia held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Estonia assists Kenya in achieving its sustainable development goals and, in particular, carrying out measures that bring systemic, lasting change and contribute to the eradication of poverty.

As an international partner, ESTDEV concentrates its efforts in areas where Estonia has specific added value to offer, including innovation and expertise in digital issues and e-governance. In Kenya, this expertise is directed toward education, digital development, and entrepreneurship. Additional EU Member States and local public sector organisations are an integral part to ESTDEV’s work in ensuring that these changes are sustainable.

Between 2013 and 2021, Estonia invested €2 million in development cooperation projects in Kenya. During this period, 26 projects were initiated in Kenya in support of refugee welfare, humanitarian missions, education, digital development, and resource and environmental sustainability. As of September 1, 2022, there were eight 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 and providing a corresponding roadmap that includes the development of existing and new e-services and e-government tools
  • Entrepreneurship – developing a start-up ecosystem and increasing 21st-century skills among young people, increasing the ability of young people and women to compete in the labor market, and introducing digital opportunities through evolving skill sets
  • Education – providing e-learning solutions, making e-learning materials more accessible, and developing digital competence

Important Documents

Ongoing Projects in Kenya

Project Project dates Project implementer
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
Mitigating the Effects of COVID-19 in Education: Enhancing Digital Competencies in East Africa 01.01.2021–28.02.2022 NGO Mondo
Supporting Kenya Education Sector: Digital Competencies and Creative Industry Trainings to Youth in Nairobi Informal Settlement (Estonian language only) 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