Kenya High Commission
 in Botswana

About Kenya

Foreign Policy

Kenya’s Foreign policy is driven by a vision of “a peaceful, prosperous and globally competitive Kenya” while its mission is “to advance the interests of Kenya through innovative diplomacy.” The policy is driven by national values and aspirations of the Kenyan people, which include: Unity in Diversity; Honour and Patriotism; Peace and Liberty; Justice and Equity; Quest for Prosperity; and the Harambee spirit (pulling together).

The guiding principles of the policy are: Sanctity of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya; Peaceful co-existence with neighbours and other nations; Resolution of conflicts by peaceful means; Promotion of regional integration; Respect for the equality, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states; Respect for international norms, customs and law.

Kenya’s Foreign Policy is pegged on five interlinked pillars of diplomacy: economic; peace; environmental; cultural and 'Diaspora'.

Economic Diplomacy Pillar

The economic diplomacy pillar aims to achieve robust economic engagement in order to secure Kenya's social economic development and prosperity as envisaged by vision 2030.

The objectives of this pillar are to:

  • Increase capital flows to Kenya and the East African region
  • Support export promotion and investment by Kenyan enterprises within the region and beyond
  • Promote the country as a favourite destination for foreign direct investment, tourism, and conferencing
  • Expand access to traditional markets and explore new destinations for Kenya’s exports
  • Enhance technological advancement by exploring new sources of affordable and appropriate technology
  • Support the exploration of alternative sources of traditional and renewable energy
  • Strengthen regional economic communities and organizations to serve as competitive spring boards to emerging and global markets
  • Promote fair trade and equitable bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements.



Environmental Diplomacy Pillar

Environmental diplomacy pillar recognizes Kenya's enormous stake in the management of its own resources, those of the region and the world and is designed to provide the link between the management of shared resources and issues of security, sustainability and prosperity especially within the Eastern African region. The inclusion of the environment pillar is an indication that Kenya will continue to play a critical role in shaping the global environmental agenda as the host of the United Nations Environment Programme, the first UN agency to be headquartered in the Global South.

The objectives of this pillar are to:

  1. Champion the strengthening of United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi (UN HABITAT) in prioritizing the global sustainable development agenda
  2. Promote compliance with the relevant national, regional and international environmental legislation, regulations, standards, and other appropriate operational procedures and guidelines
  3. Promote the integration of environmental management into national and regional economic activities, including agriculture and tourism to minimize negative impact on the environment
  4. Promote research as a mechanism to encourage innovation and reduce adverse environmental impacts
  5. Encourage public dialogue, awareness and knowledge creation on environmental matters through national, regional and international forums.

Diaspora Diplomacy Pillar

'Diaspora' diplomacy pillar recognises the importance of harnessing the diverse skills, expertise and potential of Kenyans living abroad, and facilitating their integration into the national development agenda. The pillar seeks to mobilise Kenyans abroad to form "town or country specific” umbrella associations which have national outlook as well as regional and global umbrella associations for effective engagement and representation.

The objectives of this pillar are to:

  1. Provide effective and responsive consular services;
  2. Facilitate Kenyans Abroad to participate in national development;
  3. Promote the access by Kenyans to the international labour market;
  4. Utilize outstanding Kenyans, and
  5. Tap into the skills and resources of the Kenyans Abroad for national development.

Peace Diplomacy Pillar

The peace diplomacy pillar seeks to consolidate Kenya's legacy in cultivating peace and stability as necessary conditions for development and prosperity in countries within the region. Under this pillar, Kenya will continue to collaborate with other African countries to strengthen the conflict-prevention, management and resolution capacity of regional institutions. Kenya will also continue to work with other countries to eradicate the pressing international threats of terrorism, piracy, money laundering, drug and child trafficking. Further, Kenya will continue to support institutions that are involved in peace keeping in the Continent which include International Peace Support Training Centre and East African Standby Force Command among others.

The objectives of this pillar are to:

  1. Promote the resolution of conflicts by peaceful means
  2. Collaborate with other African countries to strengthen the conflict prevention, management and resolution capacity of regional institutions, including the East African Community (EAC), Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Union (AU with the aim of promoting sustainable peace and development
  3. Support peace efforts by the African Union and the United Nations through contributing troops and providing leadership in peacekeeping missions within the continent and globally
  4. Create conflict analysis and prevention capacity nationally and in the region through the Foreign Service Academy.

Cultural Diplomacy Pillar

Cultural diplomacy pillar aims to increase awareness of Kenya’s cultural richness and to generate interests in the country’s cultural heritage. Culture has a vital role in international relations especially through the use of Kiswahili language as the pedestal of engagement with foreign cultures and the renowned Kenyan personalities including athletes in order to exert greater influence on domestic, regional and international exchanges. It is through cultural activities that a nation’s idea of itself is best represented.

The objectives of this pillar are to:

  1. Respect and recognize cultural diversity and heritage
  2. Promote cultural exchanges and partnerships
  3. Promote global intercultural dialogue
  4. Promote sports and art diplomacy by recognizing the role of Kenyan artist, athletes and other sportsmen and women
  5. Promote the recognition of Kiswahili as a continental and global language