NEPAD Kenya News  

14th February 2008
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat holds Brainstorming Session with civil society groups on how best to incorporate the civil society into the APRM process.

16-20th March 2008
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat holds the Africa Journalism Training Programme  in Arusha, Tanzania. The workshop draws participants from the Eastern Africa region and  is aimed at training journalists on reporting governance issues in Africa.

28-29th April 2008
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat hosts NEPAD Eastern African Sub-Regional  Experts Meeting in  Mombasa for epresentatives from Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania and from the East African Community, the Eastern Africa Sub-regional Office of the Economic Community for Africa and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.  The workshop assesses the pre-requisites for the effective operationalization of the Eastern Africa Regional Coordinating Office and agrees on a Draft Program of Action

17-28th May 2008
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat conducts a Rapid Diagnostic Assment exercise in all provinces, targeting areas having underlying issues as captured in the APRM Country Review Report, which played a role in exacerbating the post-election crisis. The findings will be used for the progress report on the implementation of the National Programme of Action June 2007 –June 2008

27th May 2008
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat holds Children’s Peace Reading Tent at the Kenya National Library in  Eldoret together with Artist Forum International to give a voice to children about their experience during the post-election violence and their ideas for peace building through writing, drawing, story telling, poems, and skits for students of  eight primary and secondary schools in the area

3rd June 2008
NEPAD Kenya holds consultative forums at the KICC with civil society, private sector, youth, women and marginalized communities

25th -28th September 2008
The NEPAD Kenya Secretariat takes part in the 2nd Bi-annual Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA)conference Overcoming Obstacles on the Continent and Beyond," in Kampala,Uganda. The conferencefocuses on  motivating and re-energizing young people to partake in developing Africa.

25 - 26 October 2008
The Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 delivers a report on Kenya’s experiences in land use and management, and the President of South Africa gives a paper on Resource Management. Algeria and Angola present on Elections in Africa. Nigeria and Burkina Faso are peer reviewed.

17th – 22nd November 2008
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat undertakes dissemination workshops on the popular version of the APRM Progress Reports in all provinces and obtains additional information for an Update.

25th November 2008
The Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 launches  the popular version of the APRM Progress Report on the Implementation of the National Programme of Action June 2006 – June 2008 at KICC.

31st January 2009
10th Summit of the Committee of Heads of State and Government Participating in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM Forum) convenes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  President Kibaki presents a synopsis of the progress report covering the period June 2006-January 2009The Forum agrees that the Lead Panellist, Dr. Graca Machel, lead a team of experts, to review the Democracy and Political Governance aspects especially in light of the post-election violence.

February 2009
Addis Ababa Hosts Twelfth African Union Summit of Heads of States and Government 1-3rd February 2009.

11th May 2009
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat  holds workshop with civil society to discuss progress in implementing the National Programme of Action and modalities of engagementin  particular to support reforms in the country.

14th May2009
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat holds workshopwith Government Focal Points  to brief on new requirements for reporting on progress in the implementation of the National Programme of Action and efforts to integrate NPoA with strategic plans of Ministries and the reform process.

26th May  2009
The Minister of State for Planning,National Development and Vision 2030 establishes  an African Peer Review Mechanism National Governing Council vide Gazette Notice 5565.

9th -10th August  2009 
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat holds a workshop in Mombasa to inform the NGC about the APRM process in Kenya and provide the NGC with an opportunity to brainstorm on its role of providing leadership to this process.

October 2009
Mid-Term Reviews

During the APRM country review process 2004 – 2006, a National Programme of Action was developed. It became part of the Country Review Report presented by H.E. President Mwai Kibaki for discussion with his peers at the APR Forum of Participating Heads of State and Government in Banjul, The Gambia, on 30th June 2006. 2  ½  years later, the President presented the Progress Report on the implementation of the National Programme of Action June 2008 – June 2008 with an Update to January 2009 to the same Forum. To review and examine the status of the National Programme of Action, document the progress achieved, and the challenges faced, four consultants representing the lead technical agencies responsible for one of the four pillars of the APRM have been recruited to undertake a mid-term evaluation, i.e.

Democracy and Political Governance: University of Nairobi, Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Economic Governance and Management: Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)

Corporate Governance: Africa Corporate Governance Advisory Services

Socio-Economic Development: University of Nairobi, Institute for Development Studies

The mid-term evaluation is expected to be finalized by November and its findings used for the upcoming 2nd Country Review.

Separately, in order not to lose the momentum built up through engagement with stakeholders during the first country review of Kenya, the APRM “Sustaining the Dialogue” Programme was developed and its implementation supported by UNDP and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). A mid-term review of this programme is currently being undertaken by a national and an international consultant, and its results will also be used for the upcoming 2nd Country Review.

22nd October 2009
The Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 launches the APRM 2nd Country Review at Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi before more than 100 members of government, development partners, civil society, private sector and media.

15th – 30 November  2009

APRM 2nd Country Review of 
Democracy and Political Governance Pillar of the APRM expected to take place. The APR Team under the leadership of Dr. Machel as Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons will meet institutions charged with implementing reforms envisaged in the National Programme of Action and Agenda Item Four. The team will also have meetings with relevant stakeholders in all provinces. They will be given an opportunity to validate the findings at a Stakeholder Validation Forum in Nairobi.
 

30th November  – 4th December 4th 2009
THE 1ST CAADP AFRICAN FORUM 2009 will be held in Nairobi, Kenya  , organized by the Ministry of Agriculture Kenya, the NEPAD Continental Secretariat, The Kenya African Forum Country Team, GTZ and other key strategic partners. The conference will bring together 150-200 practitioners in Country CAADP activities and other agricultural sector players under the theme ' The bottom of the pyramid: Agricultural Development for the vulnerable’

25th January - 2nd February 2010
14th AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN ADDIS ABABA

Media personnel are hereby informed of the following details of the next Ordinary Sessions of the decision-making structures of the African Union (AU), due to take place at the Headquarters of the African Union, and at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Theme of Summit:

Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development.
Main Events:

  1. 25-26 January 2010: The 19th Session of the Permanent Representatives    Committee (PRC).

  1. 28-29 January 2010: The 16th Session of the Executive Council.

  1. 31 January – 02 February 2010: The 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.
     

15th February 2010 PRESS STATEMENT

PRESS STATEMENT 

Hon. Wycliffe A. Oparanya, EGH 
Minister of State for Planning, National Development  
and Vision 2030.

ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF NEPAD INTO NEPAD PLANNING AND COORDINATING AGENCY (NPCA)

Distinguished members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen I am delighted to have this opportunity to host you here today at this press conference which is intended to provide a formal brief to you, other stakeholders and the general public on the transformation of the NEPAD into a NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency.

The 14th African Union (AU) Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 25 January – 2 February 2010, decided to strengthen the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme by transforming the NEPAD secretariat into an implementation Agency – the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA).

The resolution is based on the recommendations of the 22nd Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) held on 30 January 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and presented to the African Union by H.E. Meles Zenawi, Chairperson of NEPAD HSGIC and Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

The Decision follows series of debates, discussions and consultations at various levels on the best approach to integrate the NEPAD programme into the structures and processes of the African Union. These included:

  • The 2nd African Union Assembly in Maputo of July 2003,

  • The 13–point conclusions of the Algiers NEPAD Brainstorming Meeting of March 2007 as endorsed by the 10th AU Assembly of Addis Ababa in February 2008,

  • The Dakar NEPAD Review Summit of April 2008, and

  • The recommendations of the Consultancy Study Report on AU/NEPAD Integration, commissioned in December 2008.

This transformation designates the NPCA as a technical body of the African Union, whose core mandate is to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of regional and continental priority programmes and projects. The other functions include:

  • Mobilize resources and partners in support of the implementation of Africa’s priority programmes.

  • Conduct and coordinate research and knowledge management.

  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes; and

  • Advocate on the AU and NEPAD vision, mission and core principles/values.

In terms of new governance architecture, African Union Summit approved the retention of the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC), as a sub-committee of the AU Assembly, but with a change of name to the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC). This high-level Committee will provide political leadership and strategic guidance for the continuation of the implementation of NEPAD. An intermediary body known as the NEPAD Steering Committee comprising personal representatives of Heads of State and Government will provide the inter-face between the HSGOC and the NPCA.

In addition, The Chairperson of the AU Commission will exercise authority over the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, whilst giving the new agency adequate and necessary flexibility to carry out its mandate, and thereby maintaining the corporate brand identity of the NEPAD programme within the AU system.

With regard to financing of the new agency, the decision comes in with important benefits as the NPCA will draw from the statutory budgetary resources of the African Union Commission (AUC) in addition to continued voluntary contribution by AU member states and additional support from development partners and the private sector.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that the AU Summit made an important decision on the location of the NPCA which will continue to be based in Midrand, South Africa and to this end, the Summit urged the early conclusion of the Permanent Host Agreement for the NPCA between the South African Government and the AU Commission in consultation with NPCA.

As was with NEPAD when it was first initiated by African leaders, the countries and regional offices have the flexibility for reforming NEPAD institutions based on country specificities in order to align themselves as appropriate with this transformation and to deliver on the NEPAD Vision effectively.

Kenya welcomes this transformation which we consider as an important impetus and a turning point on the political will and re-commitment of African leaders to pursue the realization of the NEPAD vision for Africa’s renewal as originally conceived.

As the Minister responsible for the implementation of NEPAD and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Kenya, I shall in the coming days officially gazette a newly re-constituted NEPAD National Steering Committee and formally inaugurate the APRM National Governing Council, as initial steps for the process of aligning our implementation strategies of NEPAD in the context of this transformation.

It is my sincere hope and belief that the Media and all stakeholders will continue to play their due roles and support the desire by the Continents leaders for an African renewal through this important initiative.

10th May 2010 - 16th May 2010 NEPAD Kenya Staff Members visit Ghana and Nigeria for experience sharing.

With recent developments in the NEPAD continental framework in which the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government took the decision to transform the NEPAD Continental Secretariat into NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency has given the impetus, the need for appropriate legal and institutional frameworks for implementation of NEPAD at country and regional levels.

23rd May 2010  –28th May 2010

A delegation from the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) offices in Kenya is in South Africa for a series of engagements concerning the implementation of the NEPAD programme and related joint work programmes.

Yesterday, the delegation which is led by Dr Grace Ongile, Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Kenya country office met with the Acting CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) Mrs. Estherine Fotabong who briefed the team about the NEPAD Agency change process that has taken place following the 14th AU Assembly decision on the integration of NEPAD into the African Union. 

The series of meetings being held between the delegation from Kenya and the NEPAD Agency are expected to help the Kenyan team to review their legal and institutional frameworks and to re-align their strategy so that they can execute their mandate more effectively and efficiently, in relation to the core mandate and functions of the NEPAD Agency. 

While the Kenyan team is in South Africa from May 23-28, 2010, they will also consult with DBSA, APRM and other stakeholders with direct links to NEPAD implementation process. 

4th July 2010 - 7th July 2010

The NEPAD-Kenya Secretariat organized a workshop which was presided over by the Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, is aimed at sensitizing the NEPAD Kenya National Steering Committee and the APRM National Governing Council in Kenya on the transformation of NEPAD into NPCA as well as NEPAD priority projects and programmes and to forge closer collaborative partnerships with some NEPAD partner institutions and countries (Nigeria & South Africa and the NEPAD Business Foundation).

29th November - 2nd December 2010 Fact Finding Mission on Kenya's 2nd Country Review

Fact Finding team that will be in the country lead by the led panellist for Kenya H.E. Prof. Amos Sawyer ((He was President of the Interim Government of National Unity in Liberia (November 22, 1990- March 7, 1994). and the current Chairman of the Governance Commission of Liberia, the body charged with the responsibility of leading a process of governance reform in post-conflict Liberia)), and Dr. Jerome Afeikhena, APR Secretariat Coordinator for Kenya.

The purpose of the mission is to review on the approach the 2nd country review since the Country has just adopted a new Constitution through a peaceful referendum. 

October 1st 2011
Mrs. Lillian Mbogo Omollo is Appointed as the New Chief Executive Officer for NEPAD Kenya Secretariat

January 2012 

The Government of Kenya gives a Country Review Response on the 2nd APRM Country Review and Comes up with a draft National Plan of Action Based on the Draft 2nd APRM Country Report.

March 14th, 2012

NEPAD Kenya Secretariat to Host the APRM Focal Points Meeting in Nairobi Serena.

May 2012 and October 2012

NEPAD Kenya Secretariat carrier out an evaluation on sustainability of the NEPAD E-Schools.

September 19th - 23rd September
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat host an Energy and Infrastructure workshop at Intercontinental Hotel.

September 2012
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat holds an APRM Workshop with a select Inter-Ministerial Committee to look at the Special Review of Kenya that was conducted in July 2011.

November 2012
APR Chair and Lead Panelist for Kenya together with members of the Country Review Team arrive in Kenya on 8th November,2012 to hold dialogue with the select Inter-Ministerial Committee on the APRM that will take place from the 10 - 11th November, 2012.

January 2014
Kenya undertakes House hold survery for the 2nd APRM Country Self Assesment

March 2014
Kenya undertakes Focus Group Discussion for the APRM Country Self Assessment

August 2014
NEPAD / APRM Kenya Donates computers to Kikambala Primary School as part of sustaining the NEPAD E-School Initiative

September 2014
Kenya Host NEPAD Nigeria on a benchmarking visit on best practises.

November 2014
Ministry of Devolution and planning, NEPAD Kenya Secretariat and African Centre for Economic Growth (ACEG) led by the NEPAD Kenya CEO Ms. Lillian Mbogo review the 2nd Country Self Assessment Report.