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World Bank Kenya Country Partnership Framework FY 2023-2028

The World Bank recently published the Country Partnership Framework (CPF) which sets out the World Bank Group’s (WBG) strategy for supporting Kenya’s Vision 2030 and reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity over the period FY23-FY28.

The framework builds on the previous WBG Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) FY14-FY20 for Kenya with its successful implementation targeted to lay the foundations for Kenya to become an inclusive and successful Upper Middle-Income Country (UMIC). The CPF targets critical areas where either government capacity and/or support from other development partners is insufficient to accelerate progress toward specific outcomes. Some of the key priority projects for the energy sector include the ongoing Kenya Off Grid Solar Project (P160009) and Kenya Electricity Modernization Program which will complete grid and off-grid electrification for more than 2 million people and help reduce distribution losses.

With regard to the transport sector, the CPF acknowledged that Kenya has made excellent progress on access to transport, but more is needed to maintain and upgrade rural roads, tackle urban congestion, and address road safety.  Some of the priority areas in the transport sector include:

  1. Transport PPPs which will preserve financing for investments in rural roads, urban mobility, regional connectivity, and trunk roads that have a high impact on poverty, inequality, fragility and, where possible, promote greener mobility.
  2. Planned new Bank lending on:
  • US$1.5 billion Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Toll Road (P165545, FY23)
  • Kenya Urban Mobility Improvement Project (P176725 FY23), to improve public transport and introduce green mobility in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area; and
  • Rural Roads Program (FY25).

On the private sector side, IFC will continue to invest in green energy generation in line with Kenya’s Least Cost Plan and in commercial loss reduction. It will also seek opportunities to help independent power producers convert plants to renewable energy or develop new green generation, and to help Kenya unlock the power distribution beyond urban areas. Finally, under the CPF, IFC and the ongoing Infrastructure PPP Project will continue to support the preparation of future energy PPPs including two transmission lines and geothermal capacity.

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