The School for Community-led Development, the first of its kind in Kenya and the continent, has been set up through a partnership between the Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD) and the Government of Makueni County. It seeks to train citizens, community leaders, civil society professionals and government officials from across the county and the country to ensure that every person has a voice in decisions that affect their lives. The School is a result of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding between MCLD and the County Government of Makueni signed on September 30, 2021, to strengthen CLD to tackle development challenges.
The School located in the county’s Wote Town was officially launched by His Excellency Governor Mutula Kilonzo Junior on March 16, 2023 as a Center for Collaborative Learning demonstrating the power of government-civil society partnerships.
The school will provide a platform to develop the 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.
- Prioritizing the People
- Co-learning and full participation
- Innovation and Sustainability
- Pride in Kenya – its diversity and heritage
- Personal responsibility for getting value
- Positivity, Possibility, and inspiration
- Appreciation of every person
- Citizen – Government – civil society partnership
The 16-week CLD certificate course at the School comprises modules on the SDGs, community-based planning, gender equity, resource mobilization, community wealth-building, disaster preparedness, citizen-led governance, data for the people, and social accountability. The modules will be delivered by proximate leaders and experts from Kenya through collaboration with development professionals from around the world. The School will use a participatory Learning-by-Doing methodology, building on the existing knowledge, wisdom and expertise of participants through discussion, small group work, and a plethora of collaborative learning techniques. It will equip them with tools and the latest discussions from the field of development.
Today November 16, 2023, 35 officials from Makueni County graduated with a certificate in Community-Led Development at a ceremony graced by the County’s leadership led by Her Excellency Deputy Governor Lucy Mulili alongside MCLD Founder Dr. John Coonrod and a host of civil society groups. This inaugural cohort, comprised of Ward Development Officers, kicked off…
Chief Officer of Devolution and Public Participation, Lilian Makau, shares her reflections on the impact she has seen the school have so far.
March 17, 2023 – Wote City, Makueni County, Kenya – Today was the first session of the first School for Community-led Development in Africa! Hear from the Director for Citizen Engagement and public participation, Zipporah Wambua: There are enormous challenges facing the people of Makueni, and they did exercises (which they will recreate locally) to…
Thursday, March 16, 2023 marked the official launch of the School for Community-led Development in Makueni County, Kenya. The day included the signing of a revised Memorandum of Understanding with the governor H.E. Multula Kilonzo Junior, CBS elected in 2022. The signing was followed by a very inclusive public event featuring remarks by the governor…