Finland funds Kenya devolution
by MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi , Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – FINLAND and Uraia Trust have signed a €3,2 million agreement to support the implementation of the Kenya Constitution and its objectives of devolution and women´s participation in governance.
This is in support of Kenya’s “Rooting Democracy through Informed Citizenry programme – 2016-2019”.
The programme promotes the participation of people in the decision making processes affecting them and the right of communities to manage their own affairs and further their development.
The preparation for the 2017 elections is also one of the key components of the programme.
Uraia, the civic education organisation, is said to have a track record of delivering quality voter education in all parts of Kenya, and it will complement the efforts by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in reaching out to citizens.
Uraia will also support the national efforts for increased voter registration.
Finland also noted women´s participation not only in electoral but all governance processes was a priority.
“Finland supports the national efforts for the realization of the 2/3 principle, and hopes to see more women elected in the next elections,” the Embassy in Nairobi stated.
“In Finland the experience shows how greater participation of women has yielded in more positive development outcomes for the entire society.”
The Embassy therefore urged Kenya to implement the Public Benefit Organizations Act of 2013.
The legislation, Finland believes, provides an excellent framework for the regulation of civil society organizations while at the same time ensuring transparency and accountability in the sector’s work.
– CAJ News
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