Enabling a vibrant and competitive private sector
Business Advocacy Fund, Kenya
A positive business environment can help reduce unemployment and poverty by establishing the conditions that encourage businesses to invest more, create new jobs and support people to start their own businesses.
Kenya is one of the world’s most unequal societies in terms of income disparity and unemployment. This is especially pronounced among young people, nearly three quarters of whom are unemployed.
The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) established the Business Advocacy Fund (BAF) in 2006 with the objective of catalysing a better business environment in Kenya. Coffey designed the Fund and has been managing it for more than 10 years.
The Fund works with business membership organisations (BMOs) and civil society groups to identify policies and laws that constrain members’ businesses. It then provides funding, training and mentoring to BMOs to research the issues, develop new policies and regulatory changes that will overcome the problems, and talk to Government to advocate for these improvements.
Once changes are enacted, BAF provides further support to BMOs to monitor delivery of the changes in practice and assess whether member businesses respond positively to the new environment. BAF also delivers media training to these organisations, allowing them to generate better publicity for their advocacy positions.