Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund is a five-year initiative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) being implemented in partnership with Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), UNHCR and Turkana County Government.
KKFC is generously supported by:
- European Union (EU)
- Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau
- Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
- UK Department for International Development (DFID)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations (“UN”) and is mandated, on the basis of its Statute of 1950, the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and subsequent resolutions of the UN General Assembly, to provide international protection, assistance, and solutions to refugees and other categories of persons of concern and to prevent and reduce statelessness.
UNHCR’s role in KKCF is to provide information, support with logistics, identify entry points and facilitate private sector access to the refugee camp and settlement, and provide links to the broader innovative approach of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF).
Turkana County Government
Turkana County Government has been at the political forefront of refugee and host community economic integration in Kenya. KKCF is well aligned with the Turkana’s County Integrated Development Plan and The Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Programme (KISEDP). KISEDP is a Turkana Government led multi-stakeholder plan informed by the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) to enhance the socio-economic environment and increase livelihood opportunities and self-reliance of refugees and communities that host them.
KKCF and the Turkana County Government are cooperating to develop and implement a Biashara/Huduma Center, a one-stop-shop offering county and national government services under one roof to be located in Kakuma. The creation of Biashara/Huduma center aims to improve the business environment in Turkana West sub-county by bringing essential and business-related services closer to the people of Turkana, including refugees and other categories of persons of concern and their host communities.