Programme Definition Mission for Danida, Kenya David Everatt has been appointed Team Leader for a Programme Definition Mission in Kenya, working for the Royal Danish Embassy. The project - like our work for DFID in Kenya last year - is being managed by South Consulting.
The Danish Embassy fielded a Formulation Mission last year, in order to
identify strategic priorities for their next funding phase (stretching to
2002). David has been brought in – with three powerful Kenyan colleagues
– to provide the Embassy with immediately implementable results.
David will take responsibility for defining the scale and functions of
a Programme Advisory Support Unity for the Embassy, which is one of the
largest donors in the country and a heavy supported of the relatively young
Kenyan NGO community but severely understaffed. David is also defining key
spending areas in the civic education and/or constitutional review process.
In 1999, David helped define a ‘basket fund’ to which all major donors could
contribute and from which the five large NGO/CBO consortia could receive
funds. Since then, the constitutional review has been taken over by parliament,
civil society excluded, and civic education is a more appropriate description
of activities than constitutional education.
Wachira Maina, a leading Kenyan consultant, has joined the team, to look
at areas of governance and institutional strengthening. Wambui Kiai will
be looking at the prospects for rural media. Karuti Kanyinga, a leading
academic commentator on civil society in Kenya, will be tackling the area
of NGO and CBO funding.
The whole team is trying to nudge the Embassy towards the clustering approach
commonly used in South Africa – where multiple assets are provided to key
development nodes – but taking the model further to include a local vernacular
newsletter, that can carry project news as well as HIV/AIDS messages, gender
messages, and so on. We will also be trying to find ways of linking the
heavily Nairobi-centric NGO community with the rural development projects
that Danida supports, as well as their surrounding communities.
If we can manage this, then Danida will be mainstreaming human rights and
good governance issues in a very concrete way. Currently, ‘mainstreaming’
is widely spoken about but rarely extends beyond some training seminars
for extension officers and advisors. We hope to make it real: via local
newsletters, which in turn require para-journalists, production staff and
so on; via capacity building for the community committees that run projects;
and by capacity building for local government officials.
After an initial, frantic week in Nairobi, getting the project in shape, David
will go back in early May to undertake fieldwork as well as work closely with
the local consultants to finalise their reports.