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CSDES attends USAID/Kenya partners forum

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Mon, 2013-04-22 13:50

The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems & Societies (CSDES) staff attended USAID/Kenya Agriculture Business and Environment Office (ABEO) quarterly partner’s forum held at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in Nairobi on 7th September 2012.

The objective of the ABEO Partners Forum was to learn about the programs currently underway. In the meeting CSDES project management team was led by The Coordinator/PI Prof. Jesse Njoka and the project manager Peter Kamande.

In the meeting that was convened by Mark Meassick Economic Growth Director USAID/Kenya, partners were informed about the importance of government engagement, improving stakeholder engagement and management. Partners were also informed on the importance of running their projects with exit strategies in mind. Partners were further advised on the need of using communication as the currency for effective relationship.

Mark told partners to make their programs visible. “Telling your story is very vital for your programs and partners ought to make their programs as visible as possible,” he said.

CSDES is collaboration between University of Nairobi and Colorado State University, whose goal is transforming higher education at the University of Nairobi. It aims at enhancing the capacity of the University of Nairobi to produce high-performing graduates to engage in demand-driven research that contributes to sustainable and productive dryland ecosystems and societies, and to build the higher education capacities of dryland communities in Kenya.

It has also collaborated and built partnerships with dryland communities to enhance their participation in higher education and building capacity for Community Resource and Learning centres. CSDES is working with local communities in Samburu, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Turkana, Laikipia, Kajiado, Makueni and Narok counties. It has also supported community interns for mentorship by graduate students and NGOs working in drylands.

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