Building capacity of community groups on governance and leadership

Afri-Link is currently working with community groups to build their capacity on issues of governance and leadership. Starting from 2003 till now, Afri-Link has been involved in introducing and promoting good governance issue to the community in the North Rift Region mainly the youth and women. In recent years, there has been increasing concern about governance issues in the development sector mainly devolved funds.

This has been reflected in the ongoing discussion on the objectives, priorities, and approaches to operational programs reflecting the government’s performance and the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented) by those who are charged with management of these resources.

The organization is currently mobilizing resources for capacity building of approximately 450 Community Social Auditors from the target counties to assist in monitoring use of devolved funds. The overall goal of our activities has been involving civil society organizations in development of policy formulation, implementation, and monitoring.

The programme tries to assess the Good Governance 8 major characteristics: participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law.

We are also currently involved in empowering women within Trans Nzoia County on democratic governance principles. Through this we have been able to train 20 women leaders from different parts of the county on governance issues.

We are also planning to hold village level awareness forum for approximately 300,000 people among the general population within Trans Nzoia County. Coupled with this will be focused group discussion forums with women leaders at the location level. All this activities are geared towards informing the target women on their gains in the new constitution and prepare them for 2013 general election.