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Council of Governors organizes first ever Innovation and Learning Forum for County Governments

innovation confThe Council of Governors together the World Bank in collaboration with Ministry of Devolution and Planning and the Kenya School of Government organized an Innovation Forum, where Counties showcased their innovations and learnt best practices from each other.

Speaking at the Forum, Chief Guest Dr. Manu Chandaria, was glad that the Council of Governors had organised the Forum to help Counties improve service delivery to residents. Innovations showcased at the forum were in agriculture, health, energy, waste management among others.

The Philanthropist and Entrepreneur challenged Kenyan to invest in innovation. He pointed out that it is through innovation that India is food self-sufficient despite having a population of 1.2bn people compared to Kenya’s 45million population.

“Food crisis has affected us all. We need to come up with innovations that make food production faster and reliably,” he said.

Also present at the event was Principal Secretary for Devolution Mr. Micah Pkopus Powon said that he was very pleased by what the Council of Governors and its partners are doing to ensure knowledge sharing.

Representing the Council of Governors, H.E Gerald Githinji Deputy Governor for Kiambu County acknowledged the establishment of the Maarifa Centre and urged Kenyans to share knowledge through innovations.

“Sharing knowledge is very important, imagine that you only knew what you only know,” he stated.

The Council of Governors established the Maarifa Centre – a knowledge and learning platform for capturing lessons and experiences from the 47 County Governments.

The aim of the hub is to be Kenya’s premier Knowledge sharing and learning platform for Effective Governance and Service delivery for Sustainable development.

Some of the innovations showcased included Pastries from Bomet County. This is where they were baking Pastries from sweet potato flour.

The County government has formed 30 ward multipurpose cooperative societies in which each cooperative has 1200 members. The cooperatives have been able to bulk the Sweet potatoes vines and distribute among its members as an alternative food to maize which has been affected by the Maize lethal necrosis disease.

The production of sweet potatoes was undertaken by the farmers with increased enthusiasm and excess produce of sweet-potatoes.

This led to a thought of value addition opportunities through their umbrella union- Bomet cooperative Union. So far the sweet potato flour products are being sold within Bomet County as the demand has grown to be too high. The County Government looks up to investing more to the industry to ensure that the products go countrywide.

In Nakuru County, residents enjoy the services of weight management using a cutting edge smartphone App called "Simway". The app is used by Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) for personalized weight reduction simulation and target calorie reduction. The App does not only give show your BMI measurement but provides nutrition recommendation on how to add or lose weight.

Other innovations that were on display were already in use by Counties. They include the Kang’oki Semi-aerobic landfill waste management system in Kiambu County, e-jiji pay – a digital platform for revenue collection by Nairobi City County, Solar powered boreholes and milk coolers in Busia and Eldoret county respectively, low cost health insurance by County Governments, telemedicine that has been used by doctors in Kisumu and Homabay Counties for consultations and assistance, pro-base road construction technology in Meru County among others.

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