Introduction to WKCDD&FMP

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The project is a collaborative effort of the Government of the Republic of Kenya and The World Bank

Background
WKCDD/FM seeks to empower local communities to engage in wealth creation activities, lower the incidence of poverty and reduce the vulnerability of the poor to adverse outcomes associated with recurrent flooding. This will be done through proper management of the floodwaters that have been wreaking havoc to the communities in the floodplains, through construction of flood protection structures as well as the rehabilitation and management of catchment areas. Furthermore, the project will engage in poverty reduction activities by promoting and supporting communities in alternative sources of livelihoods through community-driven activities.

Objective of the WKCDD/FMP Project
To empower local communities to engage in wealth creation activities, lower the incidence of poverty and reduce the vulnerability of the poor to adverse outcomes associated with recurrent flooding

In accordance to the Vision 2030, the Project is working to achieve the Economic Pillar through focusing on increasing community participation in initiating their own economic activities through community driven investments where emphasis is on community participation, inclusion, empowerment and gender equity.

Under the Social Pillar, the project focuses on community participation in ensuring that there is gender equity, youth participation and vulnerable and marginalized groups participation in development activities in the target areas. This is achieved through the Participatory Integrated Community Development Process (PICD) that the field staff take the various targeted communities through.
 
Under the Political Pillar, the project has adapted a people focused strategy of implementation which is well articulated in the Community Driven Development Component where the democratically elected Community Development Committees are the key decision making organs for community investments.

In particular, the Project will strive to enhance the quality of life by increasing the incomes of members of poor communities in the project area, promoting gender equity and empowerment of women through specific initiatives, including promotion of women’s rights and their economic empowerment, while incorporating a community-based Malaria Intervention Strategy for selected malaria-endemic areas.

It will also support development initiatives for the Youth in the Region, while adopting an integrated approach to flood management.

Project Implementation Approach
•The Government is in cognizance of the ability/potential of communities to define their own development agenda. The project will employ bottom-up approach by supporting Community-Driven Development activities,
•That dealing with the flood problem requires a multi-sectoral, and an integrated approach
•To identify and deal with the cause of the floods
•The project will also address the social-economic issues of the local communities.

Institutional Arrangement
At the National Level; the Project is coordinated by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Directorate of Special Programmes - in the Office of the President. It has the following major components:
1.Community-Driven Development
2.Flood Management
3.Implementation support

Project Coordination
At the national level, the Project will be coordinated by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Directorate of Special Programmes as the government entity mandated with disaster management, including flood management. A Project Coordination Unit (PCU) will be established with very strong ties with the Provincial Administration for effective coordination and response to the disasters emanating from flooding.

At the sub-county level, the SCSG in the ten Project Sub-Counties will be supported by a Sub County Project Coordinator and a small staff who will manage the development of annual work programmes, fiduciary and safeguards issues. Substantial training of sub-county and Project staff has been included in skills related to project management, fiduciary and accountability, environmental management, community participatory processes, watershed management, and communication.

The composition of the SCSG will include the key stakeholders in sub-county and local government and all other civil society stakeholders operating in the sub-counties. A minimum number of civil society representatives must be present for a SCSG to have constituted a quorum.

The SCSG in each sub-county will develop the work programme for the local development component, through a transparent decision making process. The work programme and budget at sub-county level, and progress reports on all aspects of Project implementation in each sub-county, will be displayed on a prominent information board at sub-county headquarters.

The SCSGs will identify and approve sub-county-based agencies and enter into contractual agreement on behalf of communities to permit them to implement micro-projects. At the community level, the Project will invest in building the capacity of multi-purpose community development committees (CDCs) which then provide entry points for other programmes to include appropriate and effective investments in flood protection and natural resources management. Mobile Advisory Teams (MATs), three per sub-county, will consist of the appropriate line ministry and civil society organization (CSO) staff.

One team per Sub County will be led by a CSO. These teams will carry out the Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD) process and will ensure that the needed technical and managerial skills are established in each CDDC.

The WRMA LVN in Kakamega will play a lead role in the Flood Management component. Prioritization of catchments and micro-catchments will be identified by the WRMA LVN in conjunction with the NRM and Flood Management Officers in the PCU.

The Project will reinforce the establishment of the WRMA and its LVN Regional Office by providing resources to enable the Authority to carry out its normal mandated activities using its established and emerging procedures and activities which, in terms of the Nzoia Basin catchment, coincide with the objectives of this Project. Staffing of the LVN WRMA will be strengthened with a data officer and other technical support to be determined. Funds for this key planning and supervision function will flow from the PCU in OP directly to the Kakamega WRM team.

Staffing
The Project currently has the following staff

At the Head Office:

  • National Project Coordinator - Mr. Daniel K Maina
  • Finance Officer – Mr. Remjius Okong’o
  • Flood and Mitigation Coordinator – Mr. Daniel K. Maina
  • Supplies and Procurement Office – Ms. Beatrice A. Ochola
  • Human Resource Coordinator - Ms. Anne Nambiro
  • ICT Officer - Mr. Samwel Handiwo

 

Regional Office

  • Regional Coordinator/SLD Coordinator - Eng. John W. Gaturu
  • Community-Driven Development Coordinator -Ms. Rose Koboge
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator -Mr. Jacob Omollo
  • Natural Resource Management Coordinator -Ms. Florence Fwamba
  • Information Education and Communication Officer -Ms. Teresa Ochino
  • Data Analyst -Mr. John T. Muiruri



 

 

 

 

 

 

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