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Council of Governors held a farewell dinner for the outgoing United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Karen L. Freeman. The occasion was graced by Devolution stakeholders, who had interacted and worked with Karen in her capacity as Mission Director.
They include Prof. Karega Mutahi, Chairman of the IGTRC , Pete Vowels, Head of DFID Kenya , Hon Johnson Osoi , Chairman CAF, and Mirembe Nantongo, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy among others. Karen was appointed as the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission Director in Kenya on November 2012, a year before inauguration of County Governments and was instrumental in Devolution implementation journey.
Through USAID-AHADI, the Council of Governors has received technical support for its committees and also financial support for its programmes and activities through its close partnership between itself and USAID. “Under your leadership, USAID has in the last four (4) years designed numerous programmes aimed at supporting the devolved system of governance.” said Chairman Council of Governors, H.E. Josphat Nanok in his remarks.
He further reiterated that “the Council has been hailed as a custodian for devolution and it has cemented its place in the devolution space. The Council is indeed a strategic partner and my hope is that the collaboration between USAID and the Council will continue to be nurtured.”
In the last four years of Devolution, USAID has allocated funds to assist County Governments to improve access to quality health services by strengthening aspects of the Kenyan health system such as human resource management and training, financing and the supply and management of critical commodities such as drugs and medical equipment. Further, USAID’s support to health information systems has gone a long way to assist Counties budget for the most urgent programs and activities.
In agriculture, USAIDs support to innovative programs aimed at making agriculture more profitable and productive for both small holder farmers and agribusiness have been instrumental in boosting our farmers’ yields and improving their livelihoods. In the wake of Ms Freeman’s departure the Council is confident that the alliances and mutual trust between USAID and County Governments and the Council of Governors will remain unshaken and that both organizations shall aim to pursue close relations that will strengthen Devolution.

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