Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH has called on development partners and Community Based organizations to be more open to sharing information and knowledge they gather from their programs they implement in the counties.
Mandago spoke, Monday when he hosted a USAID Mission delegation led by Joyce Kim who paid a courtesy call to his offices.
The delegation was in the county offices for the first of a series of meetings between the government and residents aimed at gathering data to help the organization draft a new partnership and development strategic plan 2020- 2025.
“We have a number of community-based organizations within Uasin Gishu County. A general survey showed us that these organizations run programs valued at close to Sh1.8 billion yet we as a government can not for sure tell where most of these project are and how they impact livelihood,” Mandago said.
In response to the Governor, Lyn said that USAID is changing their partnership strategies to ensure governments and particularly county government get more inclusion and role in the programs they fund programs.
“We have come to find that county government has a more direct link to grassroots where our programs and projects run and for this reason, we seek to better collaborations with your administration,“ she said.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno who was also present said that the county administration can provide support in terms of oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of projects to ensure viability and sustainability.
Mandago, while thanking USAID for their support especially in health invited collaborations in preventive health, sanitation and water projects.
“Water is an enabler. If we work in the provision of quality and adequate water, we shall also be enabling programs like irrigation for commercial agriculture, subsistence like garden farming for food security while improving quality of health through water and sanitation programs,” the County boss said.
He also asked USAID to focus their attention on programs that will create jobs and improve the economic capacities of the bulging youth population.
He challenged the USAID to merge capacity building and implementation to ensure programs work.
In the next few months, USAID will be holding a series of public participation meetings with county officials and residents for purposes of drafting their long term strategic partnership plan.
Earlier, the Kenya Girl Guide Association, paid the courtesy call to the Governor’s office, seeking partnership with the County Government on youth programs that seek to promote social development and economic empowerment of young people in the county.
Governor Mandago expressed his commitment in collaborating together to achieve expanding Girl guiding activities in a large scale in the county.
The team was led by its Chair Terry Maina.
Also present were CECM Education Joseph Kurgat, Chief Officer Sports, Youth, and Gender Joseph Maritim and Chief Officer Education Jane Njuguna.