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norway TurkanaSuccessful partnership between Turkana County Government and intergovernmental organisations has borne more fruits after development partner, Norway signed an agreement to extend its support of UNDP devolution project in Turkana.
In the event at the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi today, Norway has agreed to extend their support to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) devolution project that targets Turkana with support expected to benefit the UN’s Delivering as One office in Lodwar.
The agreement will see an increase of funding by approximately 550,000 US dollars, to be extended to June next year.
Norwegian ambassador to Kenya Victor Conrad Ronneberg said that the country was committed to ensuring that devolution works by providing strategic support to ensure effective service delivery and sustainable development.
The Ambassador said that he had heard of the good work done by the county government and had to come to witness for himself.
The increased funding will be channelled to support the delivery of results within the broader context of the Turkana County and UN Joint Integrated Area-based development Programme, with an expected outcome that the capacity for devolution will be increased at sub-national levels with the technical support to Turkana County through the establishment of coordination.
The system will include setting up of a “Delivering as One” Joint Coordination Secretariat for Turkana County and provision of coordination and technical staff.
Speaking during the event, Turkana County Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro highlighted the investment opportunities in the county that have been at the centre of discussions with investors and gave an update of progress made with the Delivery as One Joint Programme with the UN.
He assured the delegation that the county government was committed to the success of projects under the programme.
In the event it was agreed that process of developing a new CIDP in Turkana and its contents will be shared with other counties to be used as a model.
This will be based on the new CIDP guidelines and will include on ground mentorship by multiple UN Agencies such as the UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, UN Women, FAO).
The funding will also extend to the operationalization of a county Performance Management System (PMS) in Turkana.
UNDP Country Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee said Turkana County had immense potential to contribute to a progressive Kenya. He assured of UNDP’s commitment to ensure that development was just not on paper but realized by the people.
He expressed the honour he felt working with Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok who he said carried a clear vision of the transformation of the county and acknowledged that the team behind the Governor was committed.
In attendance were CEC for Trade, Tourism and Industrialisation Robert Loteleng’o, Chief of Staff Abraham Losinyen, Deputy Director for Planning Victor Lekaram and the UN Joint Programme Coordinator Erastus Ethekon.

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