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Another big win for SUNY/CID

SUNY Center for International Development Wins £4.8 million ($6.5M) DFID Governance Project

Group from IGRTC strategic planning

IGRTC strategic planning meeting in March 2016

In 2010, Kenya held a referendum and its citizens voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new constitution1. The 2010 Constitution ushered in many changes chief of which brought government closer to the people through creation of 47 counties and delegation of functions and services previously deliberated and delivered at the national level to the county level. The Constitution also recognized and included provisions to ensure that citizen participation and engagement are central to the policy making processes at both the subnational and national levels.

Working closely with the devolution actors in Kenya is the main focus of SUNY Center for International Development (SUNY/ CID) Agile and Harmonized Assistance to Devolved Institutions (AHADI) Project. In recognition of SUNY/CID’s work with strengthening governance systems in Kenya, AHADI has just been award a new £4.8 million ($6.5 million) grant by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) which will enable the project, also funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to increase its programming.

In support of Kenya’s effort to establish 47 counties to decentralize governance, SUNY/CID’s AHADI project works hand in hand with county governments to create transparent and accountable systems that promote effective delivery of government services, that promote avenues inclusive and responsive engagement with local citizens, and that strengthen integrated development planning processes. With the new DFID grant, AHADI will concentrate work in the semi-arid and arid lands in Kenya which span six counties that are severely resource-stretched and have been suffering from a drought. Citizens of these counties depend on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods and are particularly susceptible to economic instability during periods of drought and other climate disasters. AHADI will concentrate on working with the county government to create an enabling environment to resilience planning and development; This DFID-funded portion of the project has recently begun and will continue through December 2019.

"SUNY/CID is honored that DFID has chosen us to support Kenya’s devolution reforms. The strategy is unique in that the DFID funds and activities will be added on to the AHADI Project which is now in its fourth year, so we will be able to increase the breadth and depth of our focus in the poorest, drought prone counties in Northern Kenya. It is a testimony to the advances made thus far in Kenya," said Andrea Wolfe, the project’s Senior Technical Advisor.

Geraldine Munyua catches up on county news.

Geraldine Munyua, an intern at the Council of Governors Resource Center, catches up on county news in 2016.

The original $49 million USAID-funded AHADI project began in 2014 and works in 22 Kenyan counties. In fiscal year 2016, AHADI support reached more than 43,000 participants at the national and county levels. The newly awarded DFID project will expand these efforts and the progress made to date, build on existing partnerships, embed initiatives into local institutions to ensure sustainability and leverage available resources and capacities.

The AHADI project builds upon SUNY/CID’s 17 year history of supporting democratic institutions in Kenya and the trust that has been cultivated as a university-based development center. SUNY’s previous project in Kenya, the Parliamentary Strengthening Project helped to increase the capacity of Parliament, promote evidence-based policy making and promote more inclusive and transparent governance. SUNY/CID has been enhancing the knowledge and practice of governance for more than three decades. The center operates across five continents and has implemented over $300 million in projects. SUNY/CID is a part of the State University of New York system and is affiliated with the University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

1 68.55% voted ‘Yes’ to a new constitution and 31.45% voted ‘No’. Interim Independent Electoral Commission

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Posted January 25, 2018