UN unveils blueprint for Turkana development

UN Kenya Country team during the launch of the joint programme at Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi in early March. PHOTO By PATTERSON SIEMA/UNDP KENYA

UN Kenya Country team during the launch of the joint programme at Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi in early March. PHOTO By PATTERSON SIEMA/UNDP KENYA

BY PATTERSON SIEMA
A Joint programme to create sustained improvement in the lives of the local community in Turkana County has been unveiled by the United Nations system in Kenya.

The three-year project (2015 – 2018) will ensure the Turkana County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) is achieved, according to a UN statement.
To help realize the CIDP, the UN has projected to invest in health, agriculture, environmental management, human rights, water, sanitation and education.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Governor of Turkana, Mr. Josphat Nanok noted that this programme, the first of its kind provides an interesting and innovative implementation coordination model which will provide gainful lessons that will inform future partnerships especially at the local level.
Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, the UN Resident Coordinator emphasized the importance of efficiency in programme work. “Recognizing the enormous development challenges facing Kenya and in particular regions such as Turkana and coupled with limited financial resources to meet these challenges, the UN family, the government and development partners must
be effective in delivery of development programmes,” she stated.
The Joint programme brings together

Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator for Kenya(left) exchanges agreement documents with Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok. PHOTO: PATTERSON SIEMA/UNDP KENYA

Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator for Kenya(left) exchanges agreement documents with Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok. PHOTO:
PATTERSON SIEMA/UNDP KENYA

the County Government and the UN agencies with projects in Turkana to work together on development work.
This novel approach to development programming in Turkana serves to add value to development assistance and account for development results to all stakeholders.
The United Nations family assisted the county develop its CIDP, which
aims at making Turkana a prosperous, peaceful and just county with an
empowered community enjoying equal opportunities.
The CIDP is a comprehensive blue print that will guide the County Government and development partners’ engagement in Turkana County in order to realize the social economic transformation of its people.
The plan was developed through a consultative process to address the glaring levels of underdevelopment in the county.
Through this blue print, Turkana County Government has identified 10 sectors within which the 2013/14-2017/18 development agenda will emphasize on.
In Kenya, the vision for effective aid delivery was articulated way back in 2010 by the Government of Kenya requiring that the UN and government to put in place systems and mechanisms for “Delivering as One” (DaO).
The DaO strategy therefore requires the establishment of One Programme for development, under One Leader, with One budgetary framework and One Office. This is achieved through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.
The UN agencies that will participate in the programme implementation are FAO, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN HABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNOPS, UN WOMEN, WFP and WHO.

The CIDP is a comprehensive blue print that will guide the County Government and development partners’ engagement in Turkana County in order to realize the social economic transformation of its people. The plan was developed through a consultative process to address the glaring levels of underdevelopment in the county.Through this blue print, Turkana County Government has identified 10 sectors within 

 which the

 2013/14-­2017/18 

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will   emphasize on.






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