New Initiative to Build Partnerships in Development.

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Global South Support Programme for Civil Society in Nairobi, Kenya aims to support capacity development in four thematic areas of human rights, green growth, social and stability and protection.

NGOs sector in Kenya has grown tremendously since independenc



A new initiative has been launched to build capacity and establish partnerships between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kenya, Uganda and Somalia as well as with organizations abroad.

Today’s launch of Global South Support Programme for Civil Society in Nairobi, Kenya aims to support capacity development in four thematic areas of human rights, green growth, social and stability and protection. Funded by Danish government, Global South Program recognizes that governments, working together civil society can promote use of new technologies that protect future generations’ access to natural resources.

The launch comes at a time when Kenya will host the first Charity Regulators conference (2016), a platform where all charity regulators in Africa will exchange various charity regulatory experiences and improve on the charity regulatory framework in Africa.

“I feel privileged and greatly honored to preside over the launch of - intended to build capacity of civil society sector in Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. The launch marks a new era in innovative approach to capacity development of civil society in the region,” says Kenyan Devolution Minister Mwangi Kiunjuri.

The Minister says Civil Society Organizations make significant gains towards improvement of social services by empowering grass root communities to find their own ways of fighting poverty and marginalization. The Minister says Kenyan government recognizes NGO sector as an important partner in the country’s development. This recognition is evident in the national development plan Vision 2030, sustainable development goals, and is outlined in Sessional Paper no. 1 of 2006 on Non-Governmental Organizations.

The Minister observed that NGOs sector in Kenya has grown tremendously since independence to date, with Kenya recording the highest number of civil society groups in the entire continent. Charity Organizations registered under the NGOs Act grew from nine in 1991 to 400 in 1992 and to cumulative total of over 10,000 NGOs by the end of 2015. Interestingly, over the last year alone, major global charity organizations have shown interest in shifting their global headquarters to global South, specifically Nairobi owing to enabling environment.

The Government of Kenya recognizes that, effective and efficient self-regulation compounded with transparency and accountability are foundations for charity sector. In this regard, Global South Programme will contribute towards strengthening the capacity of the sector for self-regulation and improve uptake of new technologies such as Information Technology and Communication.

Denmark Ambassador to Kenya Ms. Kette said tremendous growth has created employment opportunities for Kenyans while increased funding has been witnessed in virtually all sectors. Last year alone, the sector received Ksh 140 billion with the major beneficiary being health sector at Ksh 40 billion. She thanked Kenyan government for creating enabling environment by facilitating and supporting the sector to operate through several legislations. The envoy says civil society, working in collaboration with the government, has continuously contributed to towards promotion of peace and stability and national development.

Jacqueline Nyokabi- Capacity and Partnership Manager of the Global South Programme said Civil Society Organizations will sharpen their skills in mobilization of communities to participate in planning for development at all levels. This is in line with the provisions in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and will contribute to transparency and accountability in the use of public resources. The skills acquired from this programme will enable Civil Society Organizations participate in constructive dialogue with respective governance institutions at all levels.

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Civil Society, Denmark, Developmental, Environment, Environmental Changes, Environmental Disaster, Kenya, Trade

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