The Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund

The Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund (KKCF) is a program of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), implemented with Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, Turkana County Government, and UNHCR. The five-year program is designed to support private sector investment and unlock the economic potential of refugees and their hosts, in Kenya’s Turkana County.

KKCF Location
KKCF Overview

KKCF operates in Kakuma refugee camp, Kakuma town, Kalobeyei refugee camp settlement (located 25 km away from Kakuma camp) and Kalobeyei town, all in Turkana County, Northern Kenya.

Our Objectives

The Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund aims to enable better economic integration and self-reliance of displaced populations and their host community. 

The initiative’s overarching objectives are to: 

  • Attract new private businesses and social enterprises to the Kakuma-Kalobeyei area, which should lead to better employment opportunities for refugees and the host community, increase access to goods and services, and potentially reduce prices;
  • Provide opportunities to scale-up the operations of private companies and social enterprises already present in the area;
  • Develop and grow refugee and host community-owned businesses and create opportunities for women and youth;
  • Reduce the time and cost of obtaining specific business permits, licenses, and registrations in Turkana West by streamlining procedures.