Kenya has rolled out robust policy reviews and developed programme designs geared towards accelerating the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA) arrived at in Cairo in 1994.
Speaking in New York during the 52nd CPD ON , the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) Director General Dr. Josephine Kibaru- Mbae said the programmes and policies included population policies, reproductive health policy, Adolescence and youth development policy, youth and gender development policies and the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Besides, she said the country had also developed and designed implementation frameworks for the policies. “In line with these, the National Council for Population and Development was in 2004 made a semi-autonomous government agency (SAGA) to facilitate the coordination of population programmes,” she said adding that other independent institutions such as the Gender commission and the Youth council have been established.
During the implementation of the PoA, she said key lessons such as establishment of strong implementation frameworks to facilitate structured engagements, establish strong multi-sectoral collaborative mechanisms, including private, public partnerships and the importance of government providing strategic leadership in driving the population agenda have been learnt.
Others, she added are community involvement and participation and the importance of sharing experiences and best practices across regions and countries.
Going forward to the next 25years, she said the government had prioritized policies and programmes to accelerate improvements in the dignity and well-being of her people in the Big four agenda, implementation of the National Demographic dividend road map, increased domestic financing of population programmes, strong political will and the strengthening of multi- lateral, bilateral partnerships