COUNTY GOVERNMENTS IN KENYA: INSIGHTS FROM ANTHROPOLOGY

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Type: 
Seminar
Start Date: 
Fri, 2013-05-03 14:20
Location/Venue: 
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI - MAIN CAMPUS - EDUCATION BUILDING (ED213)

On May 3rd 2013, the University Of Nairobi Anthropology Students Association (UNASA) hosted a public forum on County Governments In Kenya: Insights From Anthropology. The forum interrogated various themes related to the devolved system among them:

 

  1. Community Participation: Capacity-building Strategies
  2. Resource Management: Incorporation of local needs
  3. Conflict Resolution
  4. Health
  5. Media

 

Various speakers from these respective areas had a chance to share their positions in the new structure and the strategies put in place under the new order to address some of these topics in the Kenyan society keeping in mind the great diversity of the Kenyan peoples. At the end of it all we hope to provide anthropological insight to the stakeholders in the devolution process that will contribute to the success of the new order which will be manifested in rapid development and improved living standards for the Kenyan people. There was consensus that if we are to successfully undertake the task of devolution and oversee it to the very end, we must pull together as academicians in all the relevant fields and furnish our managers, legislators and policy makers with all the relevant information needed to inform their decisions on behalf and for the benefit of Kenyans.

 

The forum was opened by a Keynote speech by the Director of the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, Prof. Isaac Nyamongo. The discussion was moderated by Khamati Shilabukha, a Research Fellow at the Institute.

 

PANELISTS:

  • Dr. Peter Ndung’u Transitional Authority
  • Mr. Tom Odera National Steering committee on Peace Building and Conflict resolution
  • Mr. David Masika, Department of History,  University of Nairobi
  • Mr. Tom Mboya,  K24 Media House
  • Dr. Salome Bukachi Medical Anthropologist, Insttute  of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, University of Nairobi.
Contact Person: 
Prof. Isaac K. Nyamongo

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