Kenyan institutes KIA, IDS partner with Rockefeller College
ALBANY - The Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rockefeller College on May 21, 2012, allowing for the development of partnerships to enhance government capacity in Kenya.
Professor Margaret Kobia, chief executive officer of the KIA and two KIA colleagues, along with a representative of IDS were at Rockefeller College for the formal signing ceremony as part of a weeklong visit in Albany. Among the speakers were Rockefeller College Interim Dean David Rousseau, UAlbany Vice President for Research James Dias, UAlbany Vice Provost for International Education Raymond Bromley, SUNY/CID Director Malcolm Russell-Einhorn, Professor Kobia and Dr. Joshua Kivuva of IDS.
Following the signing, the delegation is to meet with SUNY/CID staff and Rockefeller College faculty to discuss how to assist with KIA's development of a Public Administration program and empower it to continue its work building governance capacity in Kenya.
In addition to exploring opportunities for academic collaboration, KIA and SUNY/CID will work with Rockefeller College faculty to design a program to support implementation of the county-level governance and service delivery mandated by the new Kenya constitution. Note that county government in Kenya is directly below the national level is and analogous to U.S. state government. Devolution is a key component of the 2010 constitution and necessitates the creation of 47 new county-level legislatures. SUNY/CID and the KIA will submit a proposal for funding to build the capacity of these newly forming institutions.
Kenya Institution of Administration The Kenya Institute of Administration is a public capacity development institute located in Nairobi, Kenya. Established by the Kenyan government in 1961, KIA’s purpose is to build human resource and management capacity of public sector organizations. KIA offers Kenyan civil servants a variety of courses and trainings that enhance their professional capabilities including project management, financial management, public administration, public sector reform, public relations and communications, information communication technology, and human resource management. In addition to these locally delivered programs, KIA has successfully developed and implemented capacity building programs for Governments in South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia. KIA is now partnering with the University of Nairobi to leverage its training capacity into a Public Administration program
Institute for Development Studies IDS is one of the oldest and best-established research institutes in Africa. IDS is a multipurpose, multi-disciplinary institute within the University of Nairobi’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Its work focuses on social and economic development issues in Kenya, the rest of Africa and throughout the world. In addition to its own academic and policy-oriented research, IDS provides research services to government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. IDS, Rockefeller College and SUNY/CID recently collaborated on the development of an innovative public opinion research tool utilizing mobile technology in East Africa.
Posted May 21, 2012