In Kenya, PACE uses innovative, strategic approaches to ensure that family planning, reproductive health, and population issues are included in Kenya’s policies and programs as a key to Kenya’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Vision 2030.
PACE works with partner organizations in-country to produce effective communication materials on a broad range of subjects.
Afya Uzazi (“healthy parenthood” in Kiswahili) is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and implemented by a consortium of partners. It aims to improve access to FP/RMNCAH services and address the underlying connections to natural resources, livelihoods, and household well-being.
The PACE Project, in collaboration with Kenya’s National Council for Population and Development (NCPD), produced a data sheet with findings from the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS). The data sheet includes figures that explain national data for married women ages 15 to 49 on the demand for contraception that was satisfied, use of or intention to use contraception, and the most popular sources of contraception.
“Integrating Population, Health, and Environment for Sustainable Development in Kenya” is a new ENGAGE presentation that serves as an advocacy tool to promote integrated population, health, and environment (PHE) approaches, and the value of family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) investments by decisionmakers in health and nonhealth sectors, such as natural resource management and conservation.
Developed in partnership with the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD), PACE has created a short video that demonstrates how family planning contributes to Kenya’s progress across all five SDG themes of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships. The video will be shared with policymakers throughout Kenya to enhance their understanding of the importance of family planning to realizing the SDGs.
This video explains how family planning can help to build resilience in Kenya. Developed in partnership with the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and with generous support from USAID Kenya and East Africa through the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) Project, PRB has created a short video that outlines the connections between family planning and resilience in Kenya.
PACE builds the capacity of individuals and institutions in Kenya—so that more people understand and can champion evidence about how family planning and reproductive health will contribute to long-term development and more institutions are mobilized and impactful.
In response to the need for action on adolescent and youth issues in Kenya, PRB partnered with Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA) to develop a new multimedia product on young people and the demographic dividend. This product is accompanied by ongoing workshops for youth advocates in Kenya on how to communicate with policymakers on this topic and is part of a PACE-led strategy to empower youth advocates to engage with policymakers on the demographic dividend.
Policy dialogues and events take a multisectoral approach, inspiring communication between sectors and breaking down silos.
Leaders in Narok County recently made a bold change to their allocation of health funds in a way that prioritizes services for family planning and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (FP/RMNCAH) across all pillars of the health budget. This type of increased financial commitment from county leaders is a significant step forward in the context of Kenya’s devolved setting.
Often we talk a lot about youth but not so much with them. To realize a demographic dividend, we need to invest in youth but we also need to fully engage youth in meaningful ways. While I was in Kenya, I gathered input from the youth advisory group members about what they thought were critical investments for a demographic dividend in Kenya.