Sweden Pursues Governance Reforms in Kenya

    A farm in Kenya. Sweden will provide aid worth USD47 million in Kenya geared toward a number of projects, including a land information management project. Photo by: luigig / CC BY luigigCC BY

    Sweden’s assistance to Kenya is geared toward improving democratic governance, legal systems, and public financial management schemes.

    In order to push for these reforms, the donor country is investing in the promotion of accountability and transparency in land reform, the Daily Nation reports.

    Björn Häggmark, deputy head of mission at the Swedish embassy in Kenya, highlighted the importance of the initiative.

    “One of the enabling factors for development in Kenya is agriculture, and land is, of course, the key natural resource on which the industry depends,” he said.

    Sweden is backing a project on a land information management system that aims to digitize most the land records in the country to reduce corruption and facilitate access to credit.

    The country’s aid to Kenya amounts to 3.8 billion shillings (USD47 million) annually until December 2013.

    About the author

    • Chiden Balmes

      Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.