On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Strathmore University Business School graduated 40 county co-operatives officials with a certificate in the Public Policy Making Processes (PPMP) Programme.
The PPMP Programme was delivered by Strathmore University Business School in partnership with Global Communities’ USAID-funded CLEAR Program. This second cohort comprised of 40 county co-operatives officials drawn from Mombasa, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, and Kericho counties. This follows a successful training and graduation of 55 cooperative leaders drawn from county governments of Narok, Kiambu, Nandi, Homa Bay, and Nyeri.
PPMP is a capacity-building program that was created to support County Executive Committee Members (CECM), Chief Officers, County Cooperative Commissioners as well as County Cooperative Directors and Officers to increase their abilities to work with cooperative stakeholders to set the policy agendas for their counties.
Participants underwent 40 hours of training to enhance capacity in the areas of policy and legislative design, formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation; negotiation and advocacy upskilling as well as stakeholder mapping and engagement and agenda-setting in the context of gender mainstreaming and cooperative development.
Eddah Munyi, Director, Executive Education, SBS, opened the graduation ceremony by congratulating the participants on their successful completion of the PPMP Programme. She further urged the participants to put into action the learnings they had received from the Programme. And even share the knowledge with their colleagues in other departments.
In his keynote address, Makueni Governor, Professor Kivutha Kibwana stated: “The USAID’s CLEAR program is supporting my government in developing a sound cooperative legal framework that will create an enabling environment for cooperative businesses to thrive.” Through the PPMP training, I am convinced that the 40 cooperative officials graduating today have been equipped with the necessary skills to formulate and implement robust country-specific policies and legislation,” he added.
Prof. Kibwana further highlighted four take-home lessons for the participants:
Speaking during the graduation ceremony, Jacqueline Mogeni, CEO, Council of Governors, congratulated the participants for the hard work, time, and effort they had put in to complete the course. She further applauded Strathmore University Business School and Global Communities for the design and delivery of the very integral PPMP Programme.
“Co-operative policy development at the county level is very minimal and though a number of counties have enacted co-operatives laws, more needs to be done to bring the other counties at par. This can only be done when county departments in charge of co-operative society are equipped with sound and responsible knowledge and skills,” she said.
Going forward, “the Council of Governors would like to see this capacity building trained upscaled and offered to all counties,” she said. She further proposed to include the Council of Governor’s staff members charged with handling matters of co-operatives in the next training since they are ones charged with the responsibility of coordinating co-operative activities among the counties.
Kristin Wilcox Feldman, USAID/ CLEAR Program’s Chief of Party, said, “The cooperative sector in Kenya needs to respond to the call for an engaged and supportive enabling environment that allows the cooperators to ‘build back better’.”
“We believe this PPMP program is only the first step in developing future county synergies and a robust and competitive cooperative policy environment,” Kristin added.
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