Thursday, 30 November 2017 18:33

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA BUILDS CAPACITY FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENTS

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The Council of Governors (COG) and the Government of India through the High Commission of India has embarked on building capacity for staff across 47 County Governments.

Through collaboration with COG, the Government of India is training County officers on Wind Turbine Technology, Wind Energy, and Entrepreneurship and Marketing skills development.

The short courses which last for a month are sponsored by the Government of India.  The 13 officers are attending courses at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Patancheru, Telengana, India and National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai, India.

The officer travelled to India on 20th November. It is expected that the knowledge acquired will be cascaded to other officers in County Governments in a bid to improve  service delivery.

The officers are Ms Annpatliz Mwihaki (Council of Governors), Mr. Hezborn Orina Obara (Kisii County), Mr. Anthony Wacira and Sospeter Kibe Muiruri (Nyeri County), Mr. Edgar Nawera Wegulo and Hillary Shikuba (Kakamega County), Mr. Lotuko Sospeter (Turkana County) and Mr. Sammy Ngige Kimani (Nakuru County) are in India for the training on Wind Turbine Technology and applications.

Others are Ms. Beth Njeri Karuma (Nyeri County), Moses Njenga Njogu (Nakuru County), Ms. Christine Namaemba, Ms. Eliakim Bonyo and Ms. Sarah Laura Mango (Siaya County) are participating on an Entrepreneurship and Marketing skills development training at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) patancheru, Telengana, India.

India has had a devolved system of governance for over 50 years making India Kenya’s big brother as far as devolution is concerned. India is booming in knowledge-based sectors like information technology, medicine and other professional services - Sankarshan Acharya 2005. According to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj of the Government of India in the Devolution Report of 2015/16,  World over, communities are increasingly looking at innovative solutions around democratic decentralisation, participative local governance and citizen centered service delivery to solve their complex problems and achieve equitable and sustainable development. It is widely agreed that a new wave of decentralisation emerged in the nineties globally, characterised by (i) local democracy with focus on devolution of powers and resources to elected local bodies enjoying relative autonomy (ii) local governance based on participation of the marginalised and downtrodden, transparency and downward accountability (iii) local economic development focusing on pro-poor decentralised delivery of basic social services (iv) administrative reforms for efficient and cost effective civil services to support decentralisation.

The Government of India has been a great supporter to devolution in Kenya.  

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