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Kenya is a Newton Fund partner country, referred to as Newton-Utafiti Fund – Utafiti meaning research in Swahili. The fund was officially launched in 2016. Kenya has made significant political, structural and economic reforms that have largely driven sustained economic growth, social development and political gains over the past decade. However, its key development challenges still include poverty, inequality, climate change, continued weak private sector investment and the vulnerability of the economy to internal and external shocks (World Bank, 2020).
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Priorities for Kenya

These are mutually identified priorities between the UK and Kenya. Priorities may not cover everything we currently fund and may evolve over time to ensure they continue to meet our shared objectives.
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Affordable housing
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Climate change and environment
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Cross-cutting issues, including capacity building, innovation and entrepreneurship
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Economic transition skills and jobs through manufacturing for SMEs
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Food security
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Health - infectious and non-communicable diseases
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Sustainable and renewable energy
Kenya Newton Prize 2020 winning project researchers in the lab
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Improving diagnosis of maternal infections in Kenya

Rates of maternal complications such as sepsis, still births, premature delivery, new-born sepsis, and new-born deaths are high in Kenya. A strong contributing factor is maternal infection with pathogens such as Ureaplasma unrealyticum, Mycoplasma hominis and Group B hemolytic streptococci (GBS)....

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Contact the Kenya team

If you are interested in learning more about Newton-Utafit Fund please get in touch with our local team.

Caroline Nyanoti

Science and Innovation Manager

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Kenya has made significant political, structural and economic reforms that have largely driven sustained economic growth, social development and political gains over the past decade. However, its key development challenges still include poverty, inequality, climate change, continued weak private sector investment and the vulnerability of the economy to internal and external shocks (World Bank, 2020).
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0 % population suffering from hunger in 2018
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Empowering women to improve poultry production

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