Kenya has made substantial progress in improving the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment and enterprise development by enacting legislation and programmes such as the Kenya Constitution 2010, the Women Enterprise Fund and the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities programme. Despite of this progress some of these policies are only partially implemented, denying women the benefits they would accrue from their full implementation. A key challenge that hinders full implementation of these policies is the lack of gender-responsive policy frameworks and inadequate capacity in county governments. In addition, the voice of women in decision-making processes is weak due to limited involvement of women in government processes. Women therefore have little influence if any, over structures and processes that set the agenda and determine what issues are important.
CSOs as central pillars of change