Turkana Governor’s Press
LODWAR, 23 October 2019 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been commended for its adaptation of stakeholder engagement in strategy formulation.

Governor Josphat Nanok said the new strategic approach which is based on open engagement with stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors was key to ensure ownership of programmes.

“I am glad that in this new way of strategy formulation, residents have been given an opportunity to contribute to the planning of programmes and is in line with the constitution of Kenya which requires that public participation be done in planning for programmes meant for the public. Consultation with all the stakeholders is fundamental for projects to be owned by the people and ensure the sustainability of investments,” he said.

The Governor was speaking today during County Consultations for USAID strategy development in Lodwar. He assured that public participation in planning was central in County Government formulation of plans, policies and legislation including the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and County budgets.

He urged all development organisations to align their strategic plans with the CIDP which he insisted contained the development aspirations of the Turkana people, and was the development blueprint to guide all investments both by government and partner organisations.

He assured USAID’s Deputy Mission Director Patrick Wilson of the County Government’s commitment to further partnership, to complement efforts and provide joint oversight to ensure investments meet development objectives of the CIDP.

On the implementation of Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Programme (KISEDP), the County boss urged partners to deliver on commitments on funding of the project, with underwhelming resources mobilisation reported after 18 months. He revealed that overall funding level for KISEDP was at 46 percent with funding on thematic areas in line with the Big Four Agenda below 30 percent.

USAID’s Deputy Mission Director Patrick Wilson said the goal of foreign assistance under the programme was to end reliance on aid by supporting Kenyans to be self-reliant.

He said USAID was visiting all the 47 counties to consult with stakeholders and gather views which will guide development of its new strategy which will define the organisation’s work in Kenya and its focus for resources through the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).

“We know different counties have different needs and we want to hear from you on the needs and obstacles to those needs, as well as what you are willing to commit to meet those needs,” he said

He presented a model of sustainable societies which are built on strong interdependence of the state, private sector and civil societies, all performing their unique responsibility with a strong balance of power.

The Governor was accompanied by County Executive for Finance and Economic Planning Robert Lotelengo.