MPIDO - Progress and Advocacy in Kenya
In Kenya, MPIDO continues to carry out vital activities in collaboration with the Indigenous Navigator Initiative.
National watchdog workshop for IPs Leaders held on 14th and 15th OCT 2019 at Corat Africa Hotel Nairobi
The dialogue brought together a diverse collection of indigenous peoples' watchdogs from the national and county level. Attendee's included representatives from the SDG Forum Kenya, national level Civil Society Organisations, National and County Governments, and community representatives among other actors, to enhance common understanding on indigenous peoples interest and the issues they face in the context of SDGs.
Objectives of the workshop:
- Review the progress in the implementation of SDGs with a focus on the integration of IPs issues.
- Identify gaps, challenges and opportunities as well as develop a stakeholder collaborative common agenda towards the realization of SDGs by indigenous peoples.
- Specific and direct recommendations to influence specific National and County government programs and projects towards the achievement of various SDGs relevant to indigenous peoples' issues.
Narasha Community Meeting, Proposed Dispensary for the Indigenous Navigator Pilot Project site
Narasha Primary school Pupils performing a Poem on Important of Health Facility during Stakeholders discussion at Narasha Project site
The meeting held on7th June 2019 included Narasha Community members, MPIDO, Nakuru County Government Department of Health and Member of County Assembly. The agenda was to agree and view the site for the proposed Narasha Dispensary. The following are highlights of this meeting’s outcome:
- The community showed all stakeholders the land donated for the proposed dispensary site and the officials inspected it directly
- The Narasha community members welcomed and gave their appreciation for all officials and delegates for their support. They confirmed to them the challenges that the community experiences on a daily basis on health matters. They vividly narrated the many cases of Maternal and neonatal mortality which continues to plague the community due to inaccessible health centers, and distance of the communities from services. The government official confirmed that the health facility is indeed needed in the area and praised the effort.
- Through songs and poems, the Narasha Primary school’s pupils were able to educate the leaders who visited the area the importance of having a health facility within the area, and how increased health and access to these services will also go hand in hand with improving the quality of education in the area.
- The leaders on the other hand encouraged the community to send kids to school and stop all harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriages.
National workshop for indigenous peoples' Leaders for taking stock of friendly policies to indigenous peoples
National Meeting for IPs Leaders during the section on taking stock of friendly policies
A group photo for the IPs Leaders during National Training to take stock of IPs Friendly Polices held at CORAF AFRICA 21st and 22nd February 2019
The workshop was held on 21stto 22nd February 2019 at CORAT - AFRICA NAIROBI. The workshop was attended by 20 participants- 4 youths, 9 Men and 4 Women leaders from the following counties; Laikipia, Isiolo, Marsabit , Tranzoia, Baringo, Nakuru, Narok, Nairobi and Kajiado.
The overall goal of the workshop was to take stock of friendly policies toward indigenous peoples in the country and establish mechanisms to lobby for their operationalization. In particular, the workshops envisaged to achieve the following specific objectives;
- In-depth understanding of the Indigenous Navigator project and how it will benefit indigenous peoples especially in project sites
- Skills to monitor the Climate Change issues among IPs in their territories
- The role of the IP Network in articulating IP issues nationally
- Strategies to lobby for Implementation of Policies that are favourable to IPs
- How to make the national Network for indigenous peoples very vibrant and accommodate all issues pertaining to the indigenous peoples, not only on Climate Change, but holistically
To meet the above objectives, various components of the workshop were facilitated by facilitators that were knowledgeable on different topics relevant to indigenous peoples. The issues discussed include land rights, livelihoods, and gender.