In other areas, Kenya has made undeniable advances. For example, the country is considered to be on track to meet MDG 3 which concerns the promotion of gender equity and the empowerment of women.²
On another positive note, along with Niger and South Africa, Kenya is one of only 3 African countries taking an active role in the Post-MDGs Contact Group.³ Other participants include representatives from several NGOs and the governments of China, Colombia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Republic of Korea, UK, and USA.
The Post-MDGs Contact Group is currently holding a series of discussions aimed at developing a new framework to guide the global development agenda after the fast-approaching 2015 deadline for attainment the MDGs.
The Kenyan government has had the foresight to incorporate their own implementation of the MDGs into a longer-term national policy framework called Vision 2030.2,4 This was initiated in 2008, and is being introduced in a series of 5-year medium-term plans, projecting 15 years beyond the target date of the MDGs themselves.⁴
Vision 2030 is structured as 3 pillars: the economic pillar (incorporating MDGs 1, 3, and 8), the social pillar (incorporating MDGs 2 and 4–7), and the political pillar (incorporating the United Nations Millennium Declaration V, which concerns human rights, democracy and good governance).⁴′⁵
Lessons learned during the first Vision 2030 5-year period have been incorporated into the second medium-term plan which will run from 2013 to 2017.³⁴
With the Vision 2030 framework in place to accommodate decisions that discussion groups including the Post-MDGs Contact Group will promote, and a plan already underway bridging the pre- and post-2015 eras, Kenya is perhaps better placed than many countries to make a seamless transition to the next level of global development.