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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy (MICDE) of Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive inclusive digital transformation in the country.

The partnership will focus on key areas, essential for driving an inclusive digital transformation, including digital skilling and upskilling, data governance, e-government delivery, and promotion of digital jobs and businesses. By equipping workers with the necessary digital skills, breaking down data silos, automating government services, and fostering the growth of digital jobs and businesses, both parties aim to ensure sustainable and inclusive digital transformation in Kenya.

The importance of the partnership

The partnership between UNDP and the MICDE is a significant milestone in Kenya’s digital transformation journey. It demonstrates the government’s commitment to inclusive digital development, and it provides UNDP with a platform to leverage its expertise in digital public infrastructure to support Kenya’s digital transformation goals.

The partnership is also important for the wider African continent. As Africa’s digital economy continues to grow, there is a need for more countries to invest in digital public infrastructure. The partnership between UNDP and Kenya can serve as a model for other African countries that are looking to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

What the partnership will deliver

The partnership will deliver a number of benefits for Kenya, including:

  • Increased access to digital skills and training for Kenyans
  • Improved data governance and management
  • More efficient and effective e-government services
  • Growth of the digital economy and the creation of new jobs
  • A more inclusive and equitable digital society

The way forward

The partnership is a significant step forward for Kenya’s digital transformation journey. However, there is still much work to be done. The government and UNDP will need to work together to ensure that the benefits of the partnership are felt by all Kenyans.

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In particular, the government will need to invest in digital infrastructure and services in rural areas. This will help to ensure that everyone in Kenya has the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.

UNDP will also need to continue to work with the government to build the capacity of Kenyans to use digital technologies. This will help to ensure that Kenya reaps the full benefits of its digital transformation.

Conclusion

The partnership between UNDP and the MICDE is a significant milestone in Kenya’s digital transformation journey. It demonstrates the government’s commitment to inclusive digital development, and it provides UNDP with a platform to leverage its expertise in digital public infrastructure to support Kenya’s digital transformation goals.

The partnership is also important for the wider African continent. As Africa’s digital economy continues to grow, there is a need for more countries to invest in digital public infrastructure. The partnership between UNDP and Kenya can serve as a model for other African countries that are looking to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

The way forward is clear: the government and UNDP will need to work together to ensure that the benefits of the partnership are felt by all Kenyans. This will require investment in digital infrastructure and services in rural areas, as well as capacity building for Kenyans to use digital technologies. By working together, Kenya can ensure that its digital transformation is inclusive and equitable, and that everyone has the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.

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