NEWS AND EVENTS

23rd June, 2017

3RD CSO Leadership Training

PEN organized three days of training on the Strengthening the Leadership Capacity of CSO Leaders in Kenya. The training, under the Democracy and Human Rights Program, was coordinated by the Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG) with the intention to build the capacity of the participants on Leadership and Management of CSOs, Good Governance, Integrity and Ethics, and Board Development.

The sessions, facilitated by Felix Mutua and Gerald Mwangi of Stretch Zone Consulting Limited, and Suba Churchill of CSRG, was attended by 28 CSO leaders from Bungoma, Kakamega, Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Makueni and Machakos Counties. The facilitators took the participants through the modules with relevant practical examples, and group participation being part of the delivery mode. A number of ways to improve the operations of the CSOs and how to best handle challenges were discussed, leaving participants empowered to enhance the workings of their organizations.

We keep you updated on the latest news from P.E.N. news room.

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec during the CSORG Annual General Assembly

http://nairobi.usembassy.gov/sp-052215.html

H.E Christian Turner's speech at the CSORG 2015 Annual Assembly

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/remarks-by-british-high-commissioner-christian-turner-at-cso-annual-gathering

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Norway-Haki-Afrika-Mombasa-NGO-Terrorism/-/1056/2727450/-/iwvxuhz/-/index.html

Strengthening Civil Society in Kenya: A Dialogue with Civil Society Leaders
PEN has carried out 4 Dialogues with CSO leaders from the following counties and the environs; Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri and Nakuru with the support of Ford Foundation.
This project aims to work mainly with CSOs leaders at national and the county levels to dialogue and document views on the sector's major achievements, lessons learnt and capacity gaps, as well as, deliberate on what the sector can do to reclaim its former vibrancy, legitimacy and make it the voice of the citizens. In the long run it is expected this project will lead to the formation of a CSOs movement both at the county and the national level with a shared vision.

Water Project Update under Global Giving
MUTULANI PRIMARY INSTALLS A WATER TANK!
In July 2014 a 10,000 liters water tank was installed at Mutulani primary school compound for roof catchment water harvesting. This has been a long journey since the onset of this project towards the end of year 2013. A recommendation was made to have the tank installed at the primary school by the community through MAWE Community Based Organization (CBO). Every household in Mutulani sub location is represented by a child in the school hence every community member will benefit from the water collected in the tank as reported by MAWE Chairman.
The community contributed unskilled labor, supervision through MAWE CBO, locally available materials which include water for construction of the tank base, ballast, bricks and sand. The community also contributed a bag of cement towards completion of the base when the quantity that was quoted could not finish the entire work. This was a clear indication that sustainability of the project is guaranteed.

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Public Benefits Organisations Act & CSO Reference Group
See link for a copy of the PBO ACT 2013

Please sign petition to push for the commencement of the PBO Act 2013 by visiting official PBO ACT Website on www.pboact.or.ke

So far PBO Outreach forums have

conducted 17 workshops targeted at 25 Counties;

reached out to 1000 CSO leaders

Collected 3544 Petition Signatures (August 2014)

The PBO Act 2013 was assented to by the president in January 2013 and the official gazetted publication of the Public Benefit Organisations ACT released.

PEN continues to provide secretariat support for the dissemination on the PBO ACT and in providing input to the drafting of Rules and Regulations to support the PBO ACT under guidance from CSO Reference Group in collaboration with the NGO coordination Board.

Community Project Updates

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

PEN continues to offer technical support as the strategic partner to the two community based organizations (CBOs); KADEG and Kyevaluki Social Development Forum both in Machakos County towards the implementation of environmental conservation project funded for three year period by Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF).

PEN Management and Development Consultants (PMDC)

PMDC Website is now live visit us on http://www.pmdc.co.ke/

PMDC Consultants continue to work with Africalia Partners.

In the last quarter PMDC successfully completed the following consultancies;
Baseline Survey on the Status of Devolution, Public Participation and Service Delivery in Eight Counties under Constitution & Reform Education Consortium (CRECO).
An Evaluation of the SEEPD Project for CBM in Cameroon
Ongoing consultancies include

Strategy Development for Reality of Aid Africa
End of Project Evaluation of Jua Jimbo - Know Your County Project
Baseline survey for 'Humanitarian Institutional and community Capacity Building Programme' in Rumbek-Lakes State, South Sudan

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