Kenya was selected as a pilot country for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative due to the country’s commitment to energy development. Further to this, Kenya was invited through a letter jointly signed by Ms. Helen Clark and Mr. Kandeh Yumkella to the President to join the initiative in the lead up to Rio +20 and beyond. The Kenyan Government communicated her willingness to take the necessary action to ensure national contribution to the achievement of the global goals of SE4All through a letter signed by the head of state in 2012.
A High Level Mission from New York to Kenya took place between 19th and 21st March 2012. Overall, the mission concluded that there is a very strong base for launching an ambitious scale up programme for energy development in the country spearheaded by various stakeholders in the energy sector.
Under the coordination of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum the SE4All Stock-Taking and Gap Analysis Report was completed in June 2013. The preparation of a Country Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus was initiated in 2014 with support from NEPAD and UNDP under the EU BizClim Financed Initiative of the European Union. Kenya was selected for this because it is one of the first countries that opted to join SE4ALL Initiative. The decision to join the SE4All Initiative was informed by low access to energy services in the rural areas as well as the steps taken to review the energy policy 2004 and the energy bill 2006 with a view to promoting investment in renewable energy.
Preparation of the Kenyan SE4All Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus was implemented as part of the Programme under the SE4ALL Hub which was then based in Tunis, and whose objective was to assist African countries in developing their respective action agendas and investment prospectuses. The key objective of extending this support to Kenya was to strengthen capacities of Regional Economic Communities and relevant bodies in establishing a favourable environment to attract private sector development projects and programmes including within the framework of National and Regional Indicative programmes towards SE4All.
The Kenyan Action Agenda and investment prospectus was prepared through an all-inclusive process which ensured the participation of representatives from the Government, Private sector, civil society and academia. The final versions of the Kenyan Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus were validated during a stakeholders workshop which was held on 1st December 2015.
These documents have laid the framework for implementing SDG 7 of the sustainable Action Agenda and they provide a roadmap for ensuring that all Kenyans access clean forms of energy by 2030.