Deputy President William Ruto shakes hands with Danish Ambassador to Kenya Geert Aagaard Adersen, during the Sixth Development Partnership

Deputy President William Ruto consults with Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Henry Rotich during the Sixth Development Partnership Forum at a Nairobi hotel

Deputy President William addresses participants at the Sixth Development Partnership Forum at a Nairobi hotel

Kenya Deputy President Ruto addresses participants at the Sixth Development Partnership Forum Nairobi

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The Government of Kenya during the Kenya Consultative Group (KCG) meeting of November 2003 requested that donors take steps to harmonize, align, and coordinate their activities with the aim of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of aid and of reducing transactions costs to government, in line with the objectives of the Rome Declaration of February 2003. 

The Harmonization, Alignment, and Coordination Donor group (HAC) was established shortly thereafter as a subgroup of the Donor Coordination Group (DCG), reporting to the World Bank as chair, with an initial membership of seven bilateral and multilateral agencies.  The number of HAC members has more than doubled since then and the work load has grown commensurately.  The HAC secretariat was therefore established to serve as a focal point for HAC related matters, manage the workflow, and coordinate HAC-related activities of members.

In 2008, after the Third High level Forum in Accra Ghana, the government felt the need to take stronger leadership of the whole Aid Effectiveness Agenda and therefore it was agreed that all HAC meetings will be held at the Ministry of Finance offices and that all meetings will be jointly chaired by Government and Development Partner Co-chair.

A further need arose to review the HAC group and based on the recommendations, restructure it. A review of HAC was finalized in February 2009 and this was followed by a retreat in September 2009 in order to discuss the recommendations.

An outcome of the September 9-11, 2009 Aid Effectiveness Retreat is that the Aid Effectiveness Group will replace the HAC Group and will be firmly rooted in the External Resources Department (ERD), Ministry of Finance with increased participation from the Ministry of Planning and National Development and the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat along with the Office of the Prime Minister and other line ministries. 

The AEG continues the role of the HAC, but now with a sharper focus on delivery of the Paris and Accra Agendas.

  It will serve as an information clearing house collecting and sharing information about emerging good practice at sector level, analyze and address blockages to achieving the Paris/OECD indicators, and reporting on their progress.

It will report to the Development Partnership Forum (DPF) on the aid and development effectiveness agenda.  All of these efforts will be supported by the Aid Effective Secretariat (AES), replacing the HAC Secretariat.

From the beginning of the Kenya Joint Assistance Strategy (KJAS) period, extending from 2007 to 2012, the HAC/AEG group comprised 17 Development Partners together with the Government of Kenya.  They are Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the African Development Bank, the European Commission, the United Nations, and the World Bank Group.  Work is ongoing to bring additional countries on board with the KJAS update process finalized in March 2011, which will now run through June 2013 to align with the GOK budgeting cycle. China has been participating as an observer. In the spirit of Partnership and Cooperation, Non KJAS members are invited to be part of the Aid Effectiveness Agenda in Kenya and be part of the Updated KJAS.


As Kenya is not aid dependent and external financing only represents 14% of the government's  total 2010/11 budget, an important role for AEG will be to combine the knowledge and financing of Development Partners (DPs) and the Government of Kenya to leverage Development Partner support on a much larger scale and increase development results.

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