KIPPRA’s Impact at the 6th Annual Devolution Conference
KIPPRA was among key participants in the 2019 Devolution Conference, which was held in Kirinyaga County from 4th to 8th March. As one of the sponsors of the event, KIPPRA provided data and analysis for the various sector discussions, including health, trade and manufacturing, housing and agriculture.
KIPPRA staff also made presentations and participated in panel discussions in the housing as well as trade and manufacturing breakaway sessions. KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi represented the Institute in high-profile panel discussions, which comprised of governors, principal secretaries in the relevant ministries and senators. Policy Analyst Victor Mose got a chance to make a short presentation on key indicators in affordable housing in Kenya just before the start of panel discussions in the housing sector.
KIPPRA also played a key role in rapporteuring, providing 11 rapporteurs — two for each of the five sectors and one chief rapporteur for the plenary. This was a great opportunity for KIPPRA to interact with the specific issues raised in the plenary and the five sector-based breakaways. The takeaway resolutions relevant to KIPPRA will be useful in beefing up the development of the upcoming workplan.
The most engaging and one-on-one interaction with various conference delegates, however, happened at the KIPPRA exhibition stand. The booth was a beehive of activity for all the three days of the conference with staff getting a chance to explain the Institute’s research and analysis work as well as the various capacity building initiatives targeting public officers in the national and county governments. The stand was so busy that not a minute passed without a visitor stopping by.
The visitors to the stand included officials from all counties, governors, senators and national government officials. Exhibitors from other organizations also stopped by the KIPPRA stand to learn about the Institute and pick publications in their various areas of interest.
The well-set up sitting area in the booth provided an opportunity for important guests to comfortably get a brief of KIPPRA’s work, get a refreshment and sign the visitors’ book. Dr Ngugi, some Board Members and staff were on hand to welcome the key guests. Two governors, Dr Alfred Mutua of Machakos County and Mr Dhadho Godhana of Tana River County spent a few minutes at the stand. Senator Mutula Kilonzo also visited and had brief chat with Dr Ngugi and Board Member Mr Koitamet Ole Kina. Another key guest to the KIPPRA stand was the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Mr Stephen Kirogo, who spent a few minutes with the Executive Director. The six Board Members, including the Chair, who accompanied the staff, also played a key role in bringing important guests to the KIPPRA stand.
KIPPRA got a chance to distribute several publications and promotion materials highlighting the capacity building programmes and upcoming activities such as the KIPPRA annual regional conference slated for June 2019.