Kenya is one of the 20 partner countries of VLIR-UOS. From 2003 to 2016 VLIR-UOS budgeted € 22.864.729 for cooperation programmes with Kenya, including three institutional university programmes (with MOI University, University of Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology).


Kenya is also one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.

Facts and figures


Total budget Kenya 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars





A country strategy for Kenya

The Country Strategy for Kenya identifies the following main themes for future interventions in the cooperation with Kenya:


  • Health. Sub-themes: reproductive health, public health, phytomedicine, disease surveillance, etc.
  • Natural resources management and development. Sub-themes: water resources, biodiversity, textile, oil and gas exploitation, etc.
  • Food security. Sub-themes: food production (agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry), fisheries, food processing and marketing, food safety, etc.


The following crosscutting theme is relevant for all activities in Kenya:


  • ICT development and statistics. Sub-themes: ICT in education, ICT in lab practive, virtual networks, ICT infrastructure, data analysis, biostatistics, etc.


More information is available in the VLIR-UOS Country Strategy for Kenya, incl. 4 annexes:


The country strategy process

Between June 2014 and March 2015 several steps were taken to come up with a country strategy for Kenya. Starting from a desk study with a contextual analysis, stakeholders were consulted in Belgium and Kenya. The strategy identification mission to Kenya - including a South Seminar took place between 5 and 15 October 2014.


The report of the Kenya Strategy Identification process was used as the basis for developing a country strategy document with the policy priorities for VLIR-UOS cooperation with Kenya. This country strategy document was discussed at level of Flemish university associations and confirmed as the reference framework for programming and more in particular as reference for calls and selections.

Background documents

The VLIR-UOS compiled documents are a work in progress, and your feedback in terms of their completion and/or improvement is much appreciated.


  • Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of Kenya. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Kenya and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and syngergy.
  • Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of Kenya. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Kenya. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.


Herman Diels

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 550 19 62



Ongoing projects

Overview of ongoing projects



    Former Kenyan scholar wins EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2011

    Former Kenyan scholar wins EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2011

    Everlyne Cherobon received a cash prize for her small holder farmer project in Kenya.

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    Student designs footbridge in Kenya with 'IKEA manual'

    Student designs footbridge in Kenya with 'IKEA manual'

    Belgian student wins award with design that comes to the rescue of Kenyans. He devised a solution for transformable footbridges in developing countries.

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    Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Moi University, Kenya (March 2011)

    Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Moi University, Kenya (March 2011)

    Final evaluation of the cooperation with University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya (March 2009)

    Final evaluation of the cooperation with University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya (March 2009)

    Jaarverslag VLIR-UOS 2013

    Annual report VLIR-UOS 2013

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