MCLD-Kenya and County Government of Makueni move to deepen CLD

The Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD) and County Government of Makueni (CGM) held a joint workshop (February 28-March 1,2022) to develop an annual workplan to implement the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between MCLD and CGM on September 30 2021.

Through this collaboration, MCLD will strengthen the capacity of the county to upscale its community-led development (CLD) approach in empowering communities. “We thank MCLD for the support in deepening CLD in Makueni and Kenya,” says Zipporah Wambua, Makueni’s Director for Participatory Development. “We’re happy to state that through the constant engagement between the county and MCLD, we were able to increase county budget allocation from 16%-20% to support CLD activities at community level,” adds Zipporah.

Further, Makueni and MCLD are collaborating to establish the Makueni CLD School, one of a kind in Kenya, Africa and among the few globally. The school will provide a platform to develop capacity of county officials and community members on how they can be involved to localize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Vision 2030 and other development blueprints by the county. The facility will also provide a unique platform for the other 46 counties, development partners and other countries in the region to benchmark on CLD best practices.

Across the country, various counties are beginning to see the need to embrace CLD model as a critical tool for achieving sustainable development. Over the past couple months, MCLD has received requests for collaboration from other counties in Kenya such as Kisumu, Bomet, Vihiga and Isiolo. The Kenya Chapter aims to have all the 47 counties fully adopt CLD framework to enhance development that works for all.