Integrated Rural Development Project (2015-2018)
Funded by Bread for the World, the project is being implemented in all the six counties of the North Rift. It runs in phases of 3 years.
The project implementation was guided by the following objectives;
- To enhance the engagement of 360 CIGs in their self-help initiatives so as to improve their own livelihoods.
- To enhance the engagement of 360 CIGs to influence policy implementation at the community level.
- The project intervention has spurred the formation and/or strengthening of 342 CIGs across the project zones. All the CIGs have clear group structures, defined conflict handling mechanisms and kept clear records of proceedings and financial affairs. There is evidence of increased cohesion among group members. The project has contributed to the enhancement of the CIGs organization and focus, with clear governance structures in place. About 90% of all the CIGs have clear and documented rules and regulations. In pastoral areas of Turkana and West Pokot, most agreements are oral/verbal and usually witnessed by elders. This does not make them any less binding than written agreements. Overall, 85% of them are registered with the ministry of culture and social services, a process which requires the CIG to have by-laws.
- There has been evidence of nascent lobbying and advocacy initiatives with commendable results where the community members have managed to demand services from the duty bearers. For instance, in Nabiswa project area in Trans-Nzoia zone members of the community mobilized themselves through their CIG network and lobbied the local leadership to repair a badly damaged culvert that had cut off market access for their produce. Another case of a successful advocacy intervention was observed in Tebeson project area where Kamelilo-Korosiot road which had been neglected for 15 years was recently graveled. This was as a result of Tebeson Tea SHG petitioning their member of parliament to allocate resources for the graveling of the road. This has eased transportation of their farm produce to the factories and market.
- The project beneficiaries have become better managers of their resources especially land, labor and time. The areas of interest that have had the most impact on the CIGs were Food Security, Economic Empowerment and Enterprise and Health. This is because these are the issues that had the greatest impact on their vulnerability. In giving these issues their greatest attention the CIGs were able to significantly reduce their levels of vulnerability.
- Increased incomes in the households through income generating initiatives as well as peace initiatives especially in West Pokot and Turkana.
- There is also enhanced food security initiatives across all the zones, for instance, the group members residing along River Turkwel in Turkana County have planted varieties of foodstuffs like maize, sorghum, beans and assorted vegetables.