CETRAD’S SHORT COURSES PUBLICITY REPORT
INTRODUCTION CETRAD has been involved in the provision of short course trainings to various professional stakeholders at the local, national and international levels. This is in line with the organization’s mission that is to ‘enhance knowledge among planners and development agents of the ASAL through training, planning support and information Dissemination’. These courses include GIS and remote sensing, EIA/EA, Resource use conflict management, Integrated Water Resource Use Management and Governance and Food Security and Disaster Mitigation. Over the years a total of six hundred (600) participants have been trained with all the EIA/EA participants licensed as either lead or associate experts by NEMA. CETRAD felt it necessary to widen the target of its beneficiaries. It is against this backdrop that CETRAD instigated the process publicizing its short courses to a wider number of organizations for future collaborations. The following are the organizations CETRAD met with between February 27th, 2016 and March 3rd, 2016 in Nairobi. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)The end of 2016 JICA started a project on strengthening capacity of urban water service providers (WSPs) with the aim of reducing non-revenue water from 43% in 2015 to 25% by 2025. The project is done in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, KEWI, WASREB, GIZ, KEWASNET, SNV, Water Service Providers Association (WASPA), Vitens Evides International (VEI), World Bank, USAID, AFD and KfW. The project is still in its inception stage and baseline data is currently being collected. Related to CETRAD’s mandate of training is the project’s Output 3 that involves identification of challenges in the current training courses and the development of a training strategy. It was agreed that future collaborations will be important especially in knowledge management that the cooperation had challenges implementing.
Kenya Water and Sanitation Network (KEWASNET)KEWASNET is an umbrella organization of all CSOs working in water and sanitation. It was started in 2007 with the aim of giving the CSOs one voice. It is supported by the Ministry of water and irrigation and works in three thematic areas which are: Policy influencing, Capacity building and Networking &Sector coordination. The capacity building component is advised from the outcome of study cycles that they undertake. CETRAD was called upon to participate in these study cycles and assist in the development of tools for handing over projects once projects end. There was also a venue for collaboration especially in the training of IWRM.
Embassy of the Kingdom of NetherlandsThe team CETRAD met at the Dutch embassy was responsible for projects on food security and water resources management. The food security project targeted high potential areas and worked purely with the markets leaving out subsistence farming and pastoralists. This was because the embassy is currently transitioning into more business oriented programs. It however noted that at the time of the meeting they had no new funding available and that they had funding on training activities that involved the development of a new curriculum for the embassy. The embassy pointed out that tailor made trainings were funded in conjunction with institutions in the Netherlands. During the meeting the uniqueness of CETRAD courses was evident from its target audience being practicing professionals to the adequate duration of the course and their general low costs.
Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF)WSTF appreciated past collaborations with CETRAD especially in training of the community groups by pointing out that there has been a positive response from the groups in their operations since CETRAD started training them. WSTF current strategy involved county capacity development, water resource management at the source, improved access to water resources, sanitation, planning among others. WSTF acknowledged its capacity gap especially in GIS and were willing to collaborate with CETRAD in training of its staff and eventually starting and managing a GIS unit. EIA/EA was also pointed out as a training need especially among the staff that was working in various projects.
Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP)ASDSP is a sector programme implemented by the government of Kenya in collaboration with development partners and other stakeholders to support the implementation of strategies identified in the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy, 2010-2020 and the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Kenya compact. At ASDSP, CETRAD team was advised that there was a training need for GIS/RS and that it would be paramount to approach the county governments who will take charge of ASDSP’s 2nd phase that begins after June 2017.CONCLUSIONThis meet and greet exercise was just the first in the many that CETRAD plans to undertake in future and it was generally successful. It was also an eye opener and lessons learnt from it would be applied in future engagements with other prospective collaborators in short courses